Harrison earns silver at Ju-Jitsu Nationals
Glenwood’s Kris Harrison returned from the Ju-Jitsu National Championships held in Akron, Ohio, with three broken toes, a broken nose and assorted other bumps and bruises – and a silver medal.
He would have preferred gold.
“Yeah, I’m bummed as hell,” said Harrison, who competes in the 70 to 77-kilogram class. “I went there to win, so I’m somewhat disappointed.”
Adding to the frustration of not coming away with the gold medal at last weekend’s event is Harrison believes he earned the gold.
Anthony Brewer led the final bout 8-7 with less than 20 seconds remaining when Harrison executed what he thought was a two-point throw. One referee awarded the points, but the other two remained mum and the score remained 8-7 in Brewer’s favor. For points to be awarded, two of the three judges must make the call.
“(Brewer) was a good guy,” said Harrison, who owns the Bushidokan Academy of Martial Arts in downtown Glenwood. “We were sitting next to each other and he said, `They didn’t score that throw did they. That was a beautiful throw man.'”
Harrison’s father got a photo of the throw, not that Harrison needs it.
“I have that moment freeze-framed, embedded in my brain forever,” he said. “I dragged him to the left knee, turned around and did an inner-thigh reaching throw.”
Harrison went undefeated in the preliminary rounds of the double-elimination tournament. In the later rounds he defeated last year’s national champion Primo Luciano 7-5 before suffering his first loss to Brewer. Brewer beat Harrison 10-9.
Harrison stayed alive with another victory over Luciano, this time handling him 19-3, to set up the final two bouts against Brewer.
Harrison defeated Brewer 12-10 to force the final match.
Harrison plans to participate in the Ju-Jitsu World Championships held in Uruguay in November.
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