Judo: Inverkeithing High’s Angus Marsh wins British Schools Championship

The WEST FIFE judoka has become the British champion after a strong performance in a recent bout south of the border.

Inverkeithing High School student Angus Marsh travelled to Sheffield for the British School Championships and won gold in the boys under 66kg in Years 12 and 13.

The Dalgety Bay teen was one of 22 entrants from across the UK and won with an impressive dominant performance that ensured he went further than his silver medal at the 2018 race.

It took just 19 seconds for Marsh to channel his first opponent, Cory Sharp from North Lincolnshire Engineering UTC, to the mat before beating the impressive Justas Smitrius in the quarter-finals.

West Fifer threw the Sydney Russell School pupil to wazari before scoring ippon with an impeccable conversion pitch to take him into the last-four meeting with South Cheshire Academy’s Matthew Kesteven.

In a more dodgy incident that saw an early Marsh uchi mata relegated after a video censorship from ippon to wazari, Marsh wisely countered a second wazari to end the content as it went into the last minute, his UK The adversary has been forced to take the initiative.

The final was Angus against David Townsend from Leasowes High School in the West Midlands, with Marsh’s decision halfway through in Marsh’s favour when another well-timed uchi mata netted an ipon that gave Marsh Able to add the British school’s title to his bronze medal at the Scottish Student Judo Championships last month, he also represented the school at the competition.

Meanwhile, Donny Brisle Primary also took the podium in Sheffield as Elliot Yates took bronze in the boys under 55kg in Years 6 and 7.

Elliott’s brother Lewis, who also won bronze in the sub-38kg category, only to lose by a narrow margin, continued the youngster’s successful season with a Scottish judo win. The same heavyweight Hibari Kan opened at the end of February.

In the final, he won the opening three races in the final against Ewan MacFarlane of Whitburn JC, before Elliot took the podium at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell, where he Got a silver medal. Below 60kg, two wins in three battles.

Other local runners from Destination Judo Club did well in the Hibari Kan event, including Tabitha Callaghan who won the women’s under-13 under 28kg category; and her brother Isaac who won the boys under-15 under 34kg category , which is the weight class for his reigning British title.

Continuing to dominate his category, Isaac also won gold at the British Pre-Cadet Open in Thetford earlier this month.

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