Two Americans won gold at the Canada Cup Junior Championship on July 5. North Rockland’s own Joe Slane was one of them.
Slane beat an American, a Canadian, and two Koreans to win the 58 kg (127 pound) championship. The toughest match was against Canada’s Duncan Moffat. Moffat beat Slane 5-0 in the first round before Slane came back to win the second and third rounds. Slane swept his other three opponents.
The rising senior had never even heard of the Canada Cup before Anibal Nieves, a friend of his father and the coach at Western New England College, suggested that he enter. He trained at Nieves’s house in Springfield, Mass. before driving eight hours to the University of Guelph, which is about an hour west of Toronto.
“It was really shocking because I didn’t think people would be from Austria, Korea, everything like that,” he said.
The only other American to win gold was Erin Golston in the girls division.