University of Santo Tomas produced a golden double but its men’s team had to share the title with Ateneo at the end of the UAAP Season 80 judo competitions Sunday at the Sports Pavilion inside the De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa.
The Growling Tigers and the Blue Eagles became co-champions after posting identical 30-point output in the two-day event.
UST had an easier time in ruling the women’s division for the fourth straight season with 45 points, 13 ahead of its closest pursuer University of the East.
Extra lightweight Daryl John Mercado and Sherwin De Rosa made a 1-2 finish for the Tigers, while half middleweight Renzo Cazeñas and heavyweight Dither Joshua Tablan won golds.
Also achieving podium finishes for UST were half middleweight Luis San Diego (silver), featherweight Russel Rhey Lorenzo (bronze), lightweight Jeunesse Nikole Ong (bronze), and half heavyweight George Kim (bronze).
The Eagles captured gold medals courtesy of featherweight Isaiah Anthony Tuazon, lightweight Earl Timothy Uy and half middleweight Harmon Anthony Tuazon.
Half lightweights Michael John Isidro (silver) and Christian Dominic Clemente (bronze), heavyweight Rafael Angelo Cadiente (silver), half middleweight Hermogenes Arayata IV (bronze), and middleweight Alfred Benjamin Querubin also delivered medals for Ateneo.
The new scoring system implemented for judo is seven points for first place, three points for second place and a point for joint third placers.
The Tigers won a league-best 13th crown, while the Eagles took their seventh championship overall.
Khrizzie Pabulayan (extra lightweight), Almira Ruiz (lightweight), Jamaika Ponciano (half heavyweight) and Renielyn Castillo (heavyweight) spearheaded UST’s four-gold haul in the distaff side.
The Tigresses also contributed four silvers and five bronzes to annex their 10th title.
The Lady Warriors also had four golds behind Ma. Jeanalane Lopez (featherweight), Claudine Nargatan (half lightweight), Patricia Nicole Rosario (half middleweight) and Bianca Mae Estrella (middleweight), but the Recto-based judokas could only muster a silver and a bronze to settle for the runner-up honors anew.
In the juniors division, UST retained the boys title, while UE became the new girls champions.