Montreal, Quebec - Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) enjoyed a stellar weekend at the 40th annual Quebec Open Judo Championships at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal, November 5-6, 2016. Burnt Hills High School Senior, Quentin Cook (18) stole the show claiming his first 66kg Quebec Open senior title going 5-0 on the day. Cook also won a bronze medal the day before in the 66kg under21 division. Cook, who also represents the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) won his final match in dramatic fashion having to overcome a large deficit (waza-ari) as he performed a dazzling throw (ogoshi) to stun the crown and win the title.
Photo L to R: Ari Berliner, Josh Paltiel, Alexa Michaelson, Quentin Cook, Pete Stanley, Hannah Martin
Burnt Hills graduate and veteran, Hannah Martin (28) continued her winning ways to win her fourth Quebec Open title having been victorious also in 2007, 2008 & 2013. Martin, who also represents the NYAC ties JMJC & NYAC great, Nick Kossor for all-time medals at the Quebec Open with seven total. SCCC student, Josh Patiel (18) was a double medalist from the JMJC taking a Silver in the +100kg under21 category then followed that up with a bronze medal showing in the Senior elite +100kg division. Burnt Hills Freshman, Alexa Michaelson (14) turned in her best performance to date as she went 4-1 to capture a bronze medal in the 52kg under16 category. Pete Stanley (31) also did very well taking a bronze medal in the masters +100kg weight class then picking up a 5th place in the elite senior +100kg division. Ari Berliner (18) celebrated his first medal at the Quebec Open taking bronze in the elite seniors going 4-1 on the day as he made some big steps forward in his development. Burnt Hills Senior, Ruslan "Zurg" Izerkin (17) was at his best in his new weight class as he took 5th place in the 73kg under21 division. Izerkin has moved up from the 66kg category. Tyler Michealson (15) went 3-2 in the 60kg under18 division that featured a whopping 37 competitors. Mitch Paltiel (17) also performed well in his respective divisions to close out the JMJC participation this year. Burnt Hills Graduate, Eric Skylar (20) fought well even though he was nursing an ankle injury going 1-2 on the day in 90kg. The JMJC now has won a remarkable 96 total medals at the Quebec Open in it's 16-year history.