MANILA, Philippines - The University of Sto. Tomas won the UAAP Season 74 men's taekwondo tournament, while the Far Eastern University took the women's crown last Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
It was the Tigers' 10th championship in the men's tournament. They swept Season 74, 5-0, after defeating De La Salle 5-2.
"I'm delighted to win the men's title again. We strived hard to get all the titles every year, that's our ultimate goal," said UST coach Dindo Simpao.
The Lady Tamaraws had a more difficult road to the championship, as they were tied on top with the De La Salle Lady Archers with identical 4-3 records.
But the Lady Tams emerged as champions by virtue of their 4-2 victory over DLSU in the eliminations.
Featherweight Dane Pio de Roda of UST and middle heavyweight Marifi Gadit of FEU were named most valuable players.
The gold medal winners for Season 74 were De La Salle’s RJay del Rosario (pinweight) and UST’s Paul Romero (bantamweight), Christian Al dela Cruz (lightweight), Ernest John Mendoza (welterweight) De Roda (featherweight) and Marlon Avenido (middle/heavyweight).
The women’s gold medallists were UE’s Christine Benedictos (pinweight), De La Salle’s Alyssa Bonifacio, Jyra Lizardo (lightweight) and Inna Bonifacio (featherweight), FEU’s Crizabelle Vargas (bantamweight) and Karla Jane Alava (welterweight) and UST’s Jane Narra (middle heavyweight).