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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 "He has the ability to go pretty far," Serge, Sr. said. Then there's Gabriel, who wrestled last winter at Scituate Middle School and became a RIPCOA state cham- pion. Serge, Sr. said that it seems like Gabriel prefers wrestling, but competes in both wrestling and Judo. Both Serge, Jr. and Gabriel recently captured their respective division titles in the U.S. Open Judo Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "It went great," Serge, Sr. said. "Both boys were very dominant in their divisions. Serge competed at 73 kilos (161 pounds), and that is the most competitive weight class in the tournament. Gabriel was at 53 kilos in the 13-year-old division and he also basically dominated. Nobody scored on either of them." Serge, Sr. said that Gabriel is cur- rently ranked fourth in the country in Judo. He took second place at the U.S. Open in wrestling and second place at the Reno World Championships in Judo. He was also third in New Englands and first at the state meet, and he also took first place in the national championships for the U.S. Judo Federation. "He's won two national champion- ships, one in Judo and one in wres- tling," Serge, Sr. said about Gabriel. And this upcoming winter, Scituate High is planning to roll out its first wrestling team. Serge, Sr. is happy about this development, as he said there are so many amazing athletes that reside in Scituate and it's a great town to stay in and continue wres- tling. While Katelyn trains for the 2020 Olympics and Serge, Jr. goes for 2024, Gabriel will be wrestling in high school and hopes to be a D-I national champion. Serge, Sr. said maybe Gabriel will try for the Olympics in wrestling. And there is also Celine Bouyssou, Serge, Sr.'s youngest daughter at 14. She's also into Judo and placed third in her division at Reno. All four children have grown up practicing Judo and wrestling. Serge, Sr. has been involved in Judo since 1974, and he said it's a way of life. He wants his children to have suc- cess at these two sports, but he mainly wants them to succeed at life. "I don't really push the Olympics," Serge, Sr. admitted. "I'm big into making sure you get an education and having a well-rounded life. Winning is a by-product. I want my kids to be productive parts of society. They don't have to win anything for me to be proud." inning and finishing out the game was Lavallee, who picked up the win by pitching four scoreless innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out six. "Alex Ferranti and Zach Lavallee have been our 1-2 pitchers on this team, and they've done a fantastic job." SanMartino said. Shadoian and Ferragamo teamed up to pitch a five-hitter, as Shadoian gave up three hits in four innings of work and Ferragamo went the rest of the way. "Our season has been going fan- tastic," SanMartino added. "We saw a lot of kids progress this year and I'm very happy with (the season) thus far." As for the rest of the standings, as of last Thursday night, Barone was in third place at 6-6, and rounding out the league were FOP (5-7), KFC (3-9), and Admiral (2-11). Admiral second baseman ANDREW FERRAGAMO, shown fielding a ground- er during last week's game against Genesis, also played first base, pitched, and went 3-for-4 at the plate. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU GABRIEL BOUYSSOU attempts a pin on ALEXANDER KICHIRIAN in the finals. At far left, Bouyssou stands atop the podium after winning first place in the U.S. Open Judo Championships. To his right is Kichirian, of California, who took second and the two bronze medalists to his left are LAWSON JACKSON, of Texas, and GULLEM GONZALEZ, of Ecuador. JUDO From Page 15 thank you for supporting our Valley Breeze & Observer advertisers. 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