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Angelica Barroga

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agelicaOne would be hard pressed to notice, but Angelica Barroga was one happy judoka Sunday. The eight-year old captured first place in one of the largest divisions of the day — girls bantam 2, under-51 pounds — at the Kapolei Family Judo Club Tournament at Salt Lake District Gym.

Barroga, a third grader at Salt Lake Elementary, bested seven other competitors, despite having not entered a 50th State Judo Association tournament "in a couple of months." She won all three of her matches Sunday by ippon.

"I'm very happy," said a stoic Barroga, who has been attended Salt Lake Judo Club for the past two years. "I had a lot of fun."

Barroga held off Makiki Seidokan's Madison Kogachi in her first match, before beating Jessica Dixon, of Hawaii Tenri, in the semifinal round.

She pressed Dixon, who finished second in the division, by kesa-gatame for ippon to advance to the championship.

In the final for first place, Barroga faced off against Hawaii Tenri's Brie Bella. Baroga, who also competes in swimming, pulled through and won by kesa-gatame press. Bella finished in third place.


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