Prindle-Cassidy Wins Gold, Silver Medals At Judo Tournament

Kyla Prindle-Cassidy captured gold and silver medals at the Am-Can International Judo Tournament over Memorial Day weekend.

Prindle-Cassidy began the event on Saturday by winning the gold handily in the 70-kilogram Youth Division (17-20) weight class.

On Sunday, she had a bigger challenge, however, since there were no other women in her weight class for the Brown Belt rank category.

So, she advanced to the 78-kilogram weight division for Open ranks, which meant that she competed against both Brown and Black Belt winners who are 20 pounds heavier.

On the way to the Silver medal, Prindle-Cassidy defeated a Brown Belt fighter from Puerto Rico and also a much larger Black Belt fighter from the British Navy judo team.

Her only loss came in a hard-fought match against the Canadian Black Belt contender.

After graduating from Maple Grove in June, Prindle-Cassidy plans to attend RIT in the fall as a chemical engineering major.

She plans to continue her judo training in college and at a judo club in nearby Penfield, near Rochester, under the direction of International Judo Gold Medal Champion Heiko Rommelmann.

Until then, she will practice with the Shin Gi Tai Judo Club, which offers lessons under the direction of USJA Black Belt instructors Paul Kahanic, Richard Moon and Eric Balon from Jamestown Community College.

Am-CaN is in its 42th year and is one of the oldest and largest judo tournaments in the country.