Davao City runaway BP Mindanao champsBy June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
TAGUM CITY—Davao City nailed 19 gold medals in wrestling to go with expected victories in karatedo, arnis, badminton and soft tennis yesterday and easily ruled the 2013 Batang Pinoy Mindanao qualifying leg at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Center here.
After five days of hostilities in the talent-search meet for athletes not older than 15, Davao City finished with a runaway haul of 77 golds on top of 58 silver and 31 bronze medals.
General Santos City placed second overall with a gold-silver-bronze haul of 35-24-24 while host Davao del Norte had a 14-14-32 effort.
Leading the wrestling winners for Davao City were Ronald Glenn Occena (66kg), Sydney Sy Tancontian (62kg), Ezra Abad (42kg) and Cristel Daisy Aseneta (26kg). The other champions were Christian Badiang, Jhanine Marcos, Boy Orilla Evangelio, Allan Cris Alisoso, Marmon Billena, James Ryan, Jay Bernal, Ryan Ang and Charisse Aseneta.
Lightweight Michael Adolfo, pinweight Amena Madid, feather Dianalyn Alcain, bantam Klein Mataverde and Mary Joy Sajulan, and light Catherine Segura delivered in full-contact arnis while Mae Carillo (girls’ 54kg), Fernan Santoso (boys’
-49kg) and Ridio Sumang (boys’ -58kg) shone in karate.
Deon Ronald Omana (15-under) of Talomo National High School and Arthur Salvado Jr. (12-under) of Ateneo de Davao clinched the boys’ singles titles in badminton for Davao City while Clarizza Caorte triumphed in girls’ soft tennis singles.
The host province swept the gold medals in volleyball for boys and girls while the sepak takraw regu crown went to Mati City’s Stephen Styling, Bin Omar Maybano, Jay Minoza, Diether Cadayano and Dominic Sagosoy after they defeated Davao City.
In futsal, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, demolished a formidable Butuan A side, 3-0, for the gold.
Prince Bernaldez racked up two gold medals in soft tennis for Mati City, in the boys singles and doubles.