El-Nahas brothers win gold at Canadian judo championship

York University Lions wrestling brothers Mohab El-Nahas and Shady El-Nahas each won the gold medal in their respective weight classes at the Canadian Open Judo Championships in Calgary in May.

Shady went undefeated in the 100kg division en route to the top of the podium. He won both of his round-robin bouts by matching 10-0 scores and then repeated the feat in the medal round, taking out Billy-Jim Carman in the semifinals and David Jutras in the final.

His older brother Mohab also had a tremendously successful event, also going undefeated and winning each of his matches 10-0. He eliminated Martin Russo in the quarter-finals, Idir Mazouzi in the semis and Alex Colpitts in the championship final.

Both Shady and Mohab had strong seasons for the Lions this past year. As a rookie, Shady went 23-1 with 19 pins in the regular season, winning gold medals at Concordia, McMaster and York as well as a bronze at an international event in Guelph.

He also won the gold medal at the Ontario junior and senior wrestling championships and was named the team’s MVP and a nominee for the York male rookie of the year award.

Mohab competed for the Lions as a sophomore and won four medals in the regular season, picking up a gold medal at Concordia, silver at the York Open and bronze medals at Brock and McMaster.