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Feb 24 JUDO: Reser Fights Up a Weight Division, Goes 2-2 at Hamburg Super World Cup

Feb. 24, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release February 23, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Colorado Springs, Colo.)-Ryan Reser (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) may have given up 15 pounds to his competitors when he chose to fight up to 81kg at the Hamburg Super World Cup in Germany on Sunday, but he still produced one of the best records for an American man on this year's European Tour, going 2-2. One of the top 10 73kg players in the world in 2007 and the reigning Pan American Games Champion, Reser competed in the heavier weight division to pick up some additional experience against top European competitors."There was definitely a shock factor about 10 seconds in my first match. I could've used the extra 15 pounds against those guys,"Reser laughed."I felt good, though, and it was good to get some extra matches in."Reser threw his first opponent, two-time World Cup medalist Micha Egger (SUI) three times for points in his opening match, outscoring the Swiss player by a waza-ari (half-point) and three kokas (smallest points), including one koka earned through a penalty by Egger. In the next round, Reser threw six-time World Cup medalist Antonio Ciano (ITA) first with an uchimata (inner thigh throw) counter) for a koka score and then threw him with a sesai (foot technique) for a yuko (quarter-point) score. Reser's third opponent, 2006 European U20 Champion Sven Maresch (GER) couldn't manage to produce an offensive score on him either, but Reser was given a penalty with just over a minute remaining in the fight that cost him the match. In the repechage, Reser went in for a te guruma (hand wheel throw), but was countered 13 seconds into the match and lost by ippon (instant win)."He went up in the air, but I got countered and we both went down,"Reser said. Two-time Pan American Champion Chuck Jefferson (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) was thrown with a tai o toshi (body drop throw) in the first minute of his match against 2007 World medalist Rasul Bokiev (TJK). Jefferson was thrown early in his repecharge match for ippon by Aris Kotanidis (GRE) with a sumi gaeshi (sacrifice throw). Janine Nakao (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) was scheduled to compete in the 57kg division, but withdrew prior to the competition. Complete results are as follows: Men's 73kg 1. Elnur Mammadli (AZE) 2. Dirk Van Tichelt (BEL) 3. Leandro Guilheiro (BRA) 3. Rasul Bokiev (TJK) 5. Nicholas Tritton (CAN) 5. Mario Schendel (GER) 7. Marco Maddaloni (ITA) 7. David Papaux (SUI) Also Competed: Chuck Jefferson (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University), 0-2 Men's 81kg 1. Jae-Bum Kim (KOR) 2. Aljaz Sedej (SLO) 3. Tiago Camilo (BRA) 3. Joao Neto (POR) 5. Sven Maresch (GER) 5. Ivan Nifontov (RUS) 7. Jiri Pokorny (CZE) 7. Thomas Davis (GBR) Also Competed: Ryan Reser (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center), 2-2 Women's 57kg 1. Barbara Harel (FRA) 2. Nina Koivumaki (FIN) 3. Kifayat Gasimova (AZE) 3. Corina Caprioriu (ROM) 5. Deborah Gravenstijn 5. Morgane Ribout (FRA) 7. Liraz Ben Melech (ISR) 7. Hedvig Karakas (HUN) Women's 63kg 1. Yoshie Ueno (JPN) 2. Anaisis Hernandez (CUB) 3. Sun-Hui Kye (PRK) 3. Anicka van Emden (NED) 5. Claudia Heill (AUT) 5. Ioulieta Boukouvala (GRE) 7. Urska Zolnir (SLO) 7. Sarah Clark (GBR) Women's 70kg 1. Yalennis Castillo (CUB) 2. Sally Conway (GBR) 3. Mina Watanabe (JPN) 3. Shumei Dou (CHN) 5. Cecilia Blanco (ESP) 5. Kerstin Thiele (GER) 7. Gisele Mendy (SEN) 7. Marie Pasquet (FRA) For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. -END-
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