Owens Jr. earns third at U.S. Open Judo Championships

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Michael Owens, Jr.’s first judo season is now in the books, and it couldn’t have gone any better.

Owens, Jr. won his division at the Summer Slam Judo Championships in Paterson, New Jersey in early June, before traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and earning third place amid the country’s best at the U.S. Judo Championships from July 20-25.

Owens, Jr. cruised into the semifinals in Fort Lauderdale prior to falling narrowly, 2-1. However, he bounced back in the third-place match to earn a bronze medal, proving that his future in the sport is very bright. Owens, Jr. helped his team, Mayo Quanchi, win the overall team event, as it placed 47 of its 58 individuals in the top three.

Those two finishes to end the season just added to an already-memorable season for Owens, Jr., as he also won the Ocean State International Judo Tournament in Providence, the Central Connecticut Open Judo Tournament in New Britain, Connecticut, and two San Machi Invitational Tournaments in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Owens, Jr. will now turn his attention to football in the fall, and he will get back to wrestling in the winter and judo in February.

After encountering many successes early, the 8-year-old has a goal in mind for the future.

“I want to be the first man to go into the Olympics and do both wrestling and judo,” Owens, Jr. said.

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