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Calabar turn back JC at Mighty Fist Taekwon-do Open

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters

DEFENDING champions Calabar High turned back Jamaica College in Saturday's final of the Mighty Fist Jamaica Taekwon-Do Open to take a 3-1 lead in the McKay Security Taekwon-Do Sports League.

Calabar have won three of four tournaments contested since the league started in November. Saturday's victory at the University of Technology auditorium marked back-to-back wins for the Red Hills Road lads following their victory at March's Shi Tai Open.

With St George's getting a bye to the semi-finals, Jamaica College set the tone early by sweeping Cornwall College 3-0 in their quarter-final match as Joshane Thompson, Khani Campbell and Tahj Hewitt ran riot over their western Jamaica rivals.

Calabar followed by beating arch-rivals Kingston College 3-1 in the second match. Trevor Webb sent Calabar ahead, opening with victory against Romario Henry.

Paz Rodriquez levelled the score for the Purples by stopping André Wint. However, Tye McKay and captain Christopher Campbell breezed past their KC opponents to send Calabar into the final, awaiting the winner of the Jamaica College-St George's semi-final.

Thompson, Campbell and Hewitt were again rampant, sweeping St George's 3-0 to march into the final.

Lanky Webb, Calabar's point man, saw off JC's Nicholas Miller to give his team the advantage. However, Thompson levelled for JC by stopping Mills at 1-1. Winter made it 2-1 for Calabar by beating Khani Campbell.

Captain Chris Campbell anchored Calabar to victory, beating Hewitt in the last match of the day, handing his team a 3-1 win.

JC are second in the league, trailing Calabar. They had won February's Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open to pull level with Calabar, who opened the league in November with victory at Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association's Junior Open.