IRVING, Texas | Regional judo competitors shined last weekend at the U.S. Senior Nationals held at the Irving Convention Center.
Brad Bolen claimed his second 73kg title and fourth overall by posting a 4-0 record for the day, including winning the final in style with his trademark "Bolen Arrow" choke, forcing Salama Salem to submit.
Bolen represents the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville as well as the New York Athletic Club.
Burnt Hills graduate and former Jason Morris Judo Center athlete Jack Hatton also went 4-0 in 81kg to capture his first national crown.
A Burnt Hills High School junior, Quentin Cook, turned in his best performance to date, taking a silver medal in the 66kg weight class and going 4-1 for the day.
Cook knocked off the No. 1 seed and tournament favorite, Max Schneider, in the semis before losing in the final to Cole Chandler from Hawaii.
Also medaling for the JMJC was Pete Stanley, who went 3-1 to reach the podium for the first time, picking up a bronze in the +100kg division.
"I am getting close," Bolen commented after winning his fourth title, in reference to the six national titles won by his coach, Jason Morris, also a four-time Olympian and Olympic silver medalist.