USA Judo Paralympic Team Brings Home Bronze Medal from Grand Prix INFRAERO in Brazil

By Diego Osorio | April 22, 2014, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

Dartanyon Crockett's (Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO) Bronze Medal highlighted the day for Team USA at the Grand Prix Infraero of Judo in Santo Andre, Brazil. Competing in the 90kg division, Crockett went 3 - 1 for the day with three ippon victories. 

The Grand Prix brought together more than 150 Judo players with visual impairment from a dozen counties. Many of the top Paralympic players in the world were present. After winning his first two matches by full point in under a minute, Dartanyon faced off with 2012 Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Sam Ingram from Great Britain. This was a rematch of a quarterfinal at the 2012 Paralympic Games won by Ingram. Their match today was competitive throughout and went the distance. Although Ingram was eventually victorious, Dartanyon controlled the action at various points of the match. " I would have loved to win that match, but I know what I need to do next time we fight. I felt good out there and will use this experience moving forward. All in all it was a successful day for my first tournament since last July,” Explained Crockett. Dartanyon shook off any disappointment from his loss to Ingram and took home a Bronze Medal, with an ippon victory over Alexander Radoman (Canada). 

The rest of Team USA fought hard, but didn't make it onto the podium. 

Ron Hawthorne (Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO) competing in the 60kg division, lost to eventual Bronze Medalist, Henry Borges (Uruguay) in his opening match. The players traded Yukos, but Ron appeared to be in control for nearly the entire match. In spite of staying aggressive throughout, he was given two Shidos, which proved to be the difference. Borges dropped his next match, eliminating Hawthorne from the competition. 

Ryan Jones (Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO) went 0 - 2 in the 81kg division. After winning the initial exchange in his opening round match against Alessandro Oliveira (Brazil), Jones was countered for an ippon. Ryan fought a solid match against Gavin Towers from Great Britain in his next match, but was eventually thrown for two Waza Aris to end his day. 

Howard Wilson (Menomonee Judo Club - USA Judo Paralympic National Training Site, Chicago, IL) lost his first round match against 2012 Paralympian, Roberto Silva, from Brazil. After a positive start, Silva was able to throw Howard for an ippon. Wilson was eliminated from the tournament after Silva lost his next match. 

Team USA results at the Grand Prix INFRAERO of Judo - Santo Andre, Brazil:

  1. Dartanyon Crockett (90kg) - Bronze Medal
  2. Ryan Jones (81kg)
  3. Ron Hawthorne (60kg)
  4. Howard Wilson (90kg)