Gurnee Judo Club shines in tournament

Article by: Barry Henby
Article from: Daily Herald 2-16-2000

The Gurnee Judo Club had a spectacular debut at its first tournament. The club had eight members compete in the Wahadachi Judo tournament in Milwaukee on Jan. 16. At the regional tournament, drawing competitors from more than five states, the competition was fierce.

Even though the club formed only several months ago, its participation and results were remarkable. The Gurnee Judo Club took one first place, four second places, and one third place.

Nicki Schultheis, a fifth grader at Woodland Elementary School, won first place in one of the toughest divisions, girls 11-12 year old light weights. Nicki was undefeated. Her brother, Robby Schultheis, who also attends Woodland Elementary as a second grader, placed second in his boys 8 and under heavy weight division.

Jackie Boller, a sixth grader at Warren Middle School, competed in his first tournament, taking second place in boys 11 and 12 year old heavy weight division.

Lee Kubler, a freshman at Warren High School, scored an impressive victory in ht finals of his boys 14 and under middle weight division. Shawn Henby, also a freshman at Warren High School, won third place in the demanding boys 14 and under heavy weight division. This was Shawn’s first tournament, too.

Adam Kozerowitz, a Woodland Elementary second grader, and Adam Wilson from Lindenhurst gave the Gurnee Judo Club ver stong representations in the boys 8 and under light weight and boys 12 and under middle weight divisions respectively.

Gurnee Judo Club coach Tim Schultheis fought in the men’s masters / black belt heavy weight division, winning second place.

Judo is a sport and martial art that concentrates on grappling. The Judo Club is always looking for new members. The club is with the Gurnee Park District and anyone 6 years or older can join anytime.

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