Thursday, 01 June 2023 12:33

JMJC Shines at Judo Nationals

Ari Berliner (Blue Uniform) throws Lenny Sheynfeld in the 66kg final to win his third straight National title. Photo by Roy Nanjo. Ari Berliner (Blue Uniform) throws Lenny Sheynfeld in the 66kg final to win his third straight National title. Photo by Roy Nanjo.

SPOKANE, Wa — Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville performed extremely well at the US Sr. Nationals held in The Podium Arena in Spokane, Washington, on May 20, taking home a total of eight medals, including six gold medals.

Ari Berliner captured his third straight 66kg National Title in dominating fashion, going 5-0 on the day. Nicole Stout also won her third straight 78kg National crown, going 4-0 for the day. Nate Keeve was the third JMJC athlete to win a third National title, as he also won 100kg in 2019 and 2018. Keeve was 4-0 for the event. 

Melissa Myers won her second 70kg National Championship, going 4-0 on the day. Myers also won gold in 2021. Defending 81kg National Champ, Kell Berliner, picked up a silver medal, losing only in the final. 

Vito Picozzo won a gold in the 90kg Veterans division and Jen Williams also won a Veterans gold, winning the 70kg. Iain Berliner won a silver medal in the 66kg under-21 weight class, then went 2-2 taking ninth place at 66kg. Ramon Hernandez went 3-2 at 81kg, taking 7th, and Max Alaynick was 2-2, also at 81kg, to take ninth place, closing out the JMJC athletes participation at this year’s Nationals. 

The JMJC now has won a remarkable 149 total medals including 49 gold medals at the US Sr. Nationals. Ari Berliner and Nate Keeve also represent the New York Athletic Club.

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