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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation @ AUGUST 8-14, 2019 SCITUATE – When it comes to wrestling, the Bouyssou family has been leading the way in Scituate, but the family's first love is Judo. Serge Bouyssou, Sr. was a national Judo champion, but he now owns a gym in Coventry, Mayo Quanchi Judo & Wrestling, where he coaches not only his four children, but others as well. Katelyn (Bouyssou) Jarrell, 24, was his first child to start wrestling and practicing Judo. She has won the Youth Olympic Games and placed in the World Cup. She also wrestled during her high school career. Currently, she trains at a Judo club in Boston – Bouyssou, Sr. said he goes "way back" with the coach up in Boston – and hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. Bouyssou, Sr. said that he mainly focuses on partici- pants ages 23 and under, and being so busy, Katelyn branched out. "She's truly one of the best fighters in the world," Bouyssou, Sr. said. In 2013, Serge Bouyssou, Jr. made history at Scituate High by becoming the school's first state wrestling cham- pion as an independent – Scituate did not have a wrestling program. He actually spent a couple of his school years attending Cranston West, spe- cifically to wrestle, but he decided to return to Scituate for his senior year and the rest is history. Serge, Sr. said that his namesake tried out college and then got into the construction field. He bought a house in Foster last year and rekindled his love for Judo. Serge, Sr. said that they felt the 2020 Olympics were too close, so Serge, Jr. is going to contin- ue to train in Judo and try to qualify for the 2024 team. All in the family: Judo excellence for Bouyssou clan Under father's coaching, siblings continue to enjoy success in tournaments By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer SERGE BOUYSSOU, III, on top of the podium after winning his division of the U.S. Open Judo Championship. To his right, in second place, is RICKSON PIMENTAL, of Brazil, and the two bronze medals are LEONARDO SUBIZA, New Jersey, USA, and ABBAS ABASOV, Russia. At right, Serge Bouyssou, III, walking off the mat with the thumbs up after his win in the finals. See JUDO, Page 17

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