MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas extended its reign in men’s judo, while the University of the East captured its first women’s crown in UAAP Season 82 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, March 1.
UST drew prolific performances from Gabriel Ligero and Russel Lorenzo to edge out the University of the Philippines and claim its fourth straight men’s title.
The Golden Judokas collected 18 points off two golds, a silver, and a bronze medal in the second and last day to turn the tide against Day 1 leaders Fighting Maroons for a 34-32 final count.
Ligero stunned featherweight favorite David Gordon of De La Salle University in the quarterfinals before topping Miguel Gonzalvo of Ateneo de Manila University in the finals to notch the gold.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo fended off UP’s Paolo Cruz in the extra lightweight final as he sealed UST’s fourth men’s consecutive championship.