Oh Do Kwan competitors medal at host event

alt

Competitors from Oh Do Kwan’s Newnan school recently earned medals in sparring at the Atlanta Challenge Taekwondo Championships held last weekend at Trinity Christian School. They included: Front row (kneeling from left): Evan Mustain - (2nd), Zander Duerkoop (1st) and Daelyn Soto (2nd); Second row, from left, are Cahner Thompson (2nd), Rhea Patel (1st), Michael Sangster (3rd), Tunoa Lolotia (1st), Katie Steadham (1st), Ian DiGiacomo (1st), and Jacob Harris (3rd); Back row, from left, are Instructor Brandon Bonilla, Micah Dell (3rd), Matthew Dell (3rd), Darius Soto (1st), Cole Gerken (1st), Evan Craig (2nd), Instructor Bryce Bonilla and Master Joaquin Bonilla. Not pictured: Hankyu Kim (2nd) and Ethan Devers (2nd). 


Competitors from host school Oh Do Kwan Martial Arts earned awards at last weekend’s Atlanta Challenge Taekwondo Championships held at Trinity Christian School against opponents from throughout Georgia as well as from Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

At least seven students from the Newnan school won first-place awards in sparring to go with six who earned sec- ond and four more in third against top- level competition, according to Master Joaquin Bonilla.

“Some of our students went up against opponents that were national champions or had more tournament experience or even outweighed them by several pounds,” he said. “No one backed down. Despite a few mismatched fights, our students knowingly and willingly went into it and banged away. They finished their fights and won the respect of their opponent and everyone else, especially me.”

Both Oh Do Kwan’s Newnan and Fayetteville’s schools competed in the host event, with Bonilla thanking parents, volunteers and coaches for what he called a “successful” tournament.

Winners in respective age groups for sparring included Darius Soto, Cole Gerken, Rhea Patel, Tunoa Lolotia, Katie Steadham, Ian DiGiacomo and Zander Duerkoop.

Cahner Thompson, Evan Craig, Cahner Thompson, Evan Mustain, Daelyn Soto, Hankyu Kim and Ethan Devers all finished as runners-up in sparring. Third place finishers in sparring included Micah Dell, Matthew Dell, Michael Sangster and Jacob Harris.

All the above students also medaled in forms competition.



More Sports

High School Basketball

Lady Cougars get first win; Heritage girls undefeated

County basketball lineups were pushed to the limit by non-region foes in early season action on Thursday. The included Newnan and The Herita ... Read More


Vikings split matches at Whitewater

Northgate’s wrestling team improved its record to 2-1 after splitting matches on Thursday at Whitewater. The Vikings pulled out a 38-3 ... Read More


high School Basketball

New league, new coach, same goals for Crusaders

Central Christian head boys basketball coach Buddy Woolf can’t help but get excited when he thinks about this season, which begins ton ... Read More


4 Lady Vikings earn All-Region first-team honors

On the heels of a successful 25-8 season that included winning a Region 4-AAAAA softball title, Northgate is well represented on this year&r ... Read More


High School Basketball

Northgate swept in Region 4-AAAAA debut

Both Northgate basketball teams played with a split personality Tuesday in Region 4-AAAAAA openers against visiting Drew. The Dr. Jekyll and ... Read More

High School Swimming

Northgate lineups combine for seven state times

Rivals Starr's Mill and McIntosh made the largest waves while separated by one point at last week's Big Splash Invitational, hosted by White ... Read More