NAGA City: Ivan Murray Solimen and Wiliza Maure crushed separate foes in the finals to power Baguio City’s nine-gold haul in tae kwon do on Saturday in the 2014 Batang Pinoy-Luzon Leg at the SM-Naga Activity Center here.
Solimen proved too much for Kirby Dreyfus Bulwayan in the boys’ finweight category all-Baguio finals while Maure defeated teammate Emma Therese Bayubay in the girls’ flyweight category.
Baguio’s domination of the event was completed after Josea Dizon won the girls’ finweight category, which was followed by Realis Dawiguey’s win in the girls’ welterweight class and Jerimei Tabisuila in the featherweight division. Another Baguio lass, Ashley Janel Salac, won over Santiago City’s Ma. Veronica Santos in the gold medal match of the girls heavyweight category.
Inspired by the victory of their girls team, the boys squad also delivered four golds for the Pine City courtesy of Troy Nathaniel Cayago in the bantamweight class, Gabriel Salaknib Soria in the welterweight class and John Christian Mapalo in the middleweight category.
Despite Baguio’s dominance of tae kwon do, it only finished third overall in the medal ranking with 22-22-18 gold-silver-bronze tally. Quezon City at press time was still leading with 48 golds, 32 silvers and 26 bronze followed by Muntinlupa with 24-8-12 and Laguna at fourth with 18-19-15. Dasmariñas City was a surprise fifth with 16-14-12 while Pangasinan at sixth with 16-14-01 and Taguig City at seventh with 9-14-23.
Completing the top 15 cast as of press time were Parañaque occupying the 8th spot with 8-2-3, Olongapo at 9th with 7-6-5, Ifugao with 7-5-1, Nueva Vizcaya with 7-3-3, Mandaluyong with 7-2-2, Pasig with 6-6-5, Las Piñas with 6-2-2 and Bacoor, Cavite with 6-2-6. Manila is 16th with 5-4-2 followed by Pasay with 5-2-0 and San Juan City with 4-3-6.
The judo competition at the LCC MRall showed Nueva Vizcaya winning three gold medals thanks to Karen Lapid in the girls’ 44-kilogram, Sydney Tancontian in the girls 63-kilogram and James Ryan in the boys 90-kilogram.
In wrestling, Mandaluyong won three golds courtesy of Samuel Salgado in the 25-kilogram, Vincent Ramorez in the 35-kilogram and Ruvic Callanta in the 42-kilogram class.