Champs Tiger Jins tame Tamaraws

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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Jins opened their title defense with a victory over the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 4-3, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 Taekwondo Championship at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City on Sunday.

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Tiger Jin Juan Carlos Miguel drew the first blood against Raphael Martinez, 3-1.

Rryel Joshua Ramirez upset Eric Garces Jr. to notch the second win for UST, 8-4.

FEU’s Ariel Bacud snatched the third match from Rhazor Catriz, 9-8.

After two rounds, Kristian Ralph Tagarao and Juan Miguel Ramos set a deadlock at 4-all. Tagarao then took the golden point, 5-4, to tie the matches at two-all.

Karlo Caceres beat Gian Francis Rubio, 5-4, to grab the lead for FEU.

UST’s Isaiah Cortes set another deadlock at three-all after trouncing John Loyd Sanchez, 5-1.

Aries Capispisan sustained the winning momentum for UST and survived Paul Ivan Norombada, 5-4.

In the women’s division, defending champions University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors suffered their first defeat at the hands of the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, 1-6.

Lady Warrior Karen Cells notched the lone victory for her team by beating Amber Acosta, 3-2.

Stephanie Osio retaliated for UP and edged Dymir Lobaton, 5-4, while Kristine Lozada defeated UE’s Sherilyn Engabo, 7-4.

Tied at six-all, Bea Gaerlan drew the golden point against Darlene Arpon, 7-6.

Lady Maroon Cheska Torres snatched the fifth match from Julie Ann Sueno, 5-0. Sueno received a kick on his nose and withdrew from the match.

Jane Andrea Cabangbang also withdrew her match, handing the victory to UP’s Janine Marcaida.

Genica de Laza defeated Ysabelle Kate Mercado, 5-2, notching the victory for UP.

REALYN STEVENS

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