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The Barstow Judokas, front row: Seth Perez, Paulo Valdez, Fiona Hancock, Cameron Zucco. Second row: Elizabeth Wright, Isaiah Ramirez, Adam Valdez, Chris Hancock. Third row: Matthew Jaramillo, Reuben Jaramillo.

Six Barstow Judokas win gold in Vegas

LAS VEGAS • Thirteen Barstow Judo students traveled to Las Vegas and competed in the Second Annual Ryoku Judo Club's Invitational Judo Tournament, held at the Las Vegas Sr. High School on April 20. 

Ten of the Barstow Judokas brought home medals from the tournament. More than 200 competitors from throughout California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada participated.

First-place winners were 6 year-old Paulo Valdez, 10 year-old Chris Hancock, 11 year-old Isaiah Ramirez, 14 year-old Adam Valdez, and 16 year-old Reuben Jaramillo.

winning second-place medals were 8 year-old Cameron Zucco and 12 year-old Elizabeth Wright. Taking third-place honors were 8 year-old Seth Perez, 8 year-old Fiona Hancock, and 15 year-old Matthew Jaramillo.

The Barstow Judokas are trained by 8th degree black belt holder, Ernest Smith.

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