Judo Mathematically, 1. JC Mönchengladbach could still lose second place in the 2nd Judo Bundesliga to the judo team Holten – the decision will be made in the season finale. That increases on Saturday on the last day of the fight in Mönchengladbach.
In the end, maybe even more would have been possible. On the second day of the fight in May, 1. JC Mönchengladbach led 4:3 at break at promotion favorite TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the judoka from Vitusstadt sniffed the surprise. But Bayer 04 changed their tactics for the second half, caught 1.JC on the wrong foot and kept the two victory points in Leverkusen.
While the championship favorite also wins all other fights in the 2nd Judo Bundesliga and thus rises as the sovereign leader, it remains the only defeat for the Mönchengladbach team this season. After all, the 1. JC is still fighting for the runner-up position in the 2nd Bundesliga next weekend.
Because mathematically, the judo team Holten, which will be in Mönchengladbach on Saturday at 12 noon for the last day of the season, could still jump into second place. Holten is two points behind 1. JC, but also has a significantly worse win-loss ratio, which would decide in the event of a tie.
The Mönchengladbachers could theoretically allow themselves a not too high defeat. However, Peer Radtke from the 1st JC does not want to get involved in such arithmetic games. “We’re happy to be able to end the season with a home fight and are optimistic that we can beat Holten to stay in front of them without doing the math,” said Radtke, who didn’t believe in a missed chance of promotion to the 1st Bundesliga afterwards mourns.
“Of course we would have attacked at the very top if the opportunity had existed. For our young team, another year in the 2nd division is completely okay. Our fighters can certainly develop better here than against the absolute top athletes in the Bundesliga. “After the season we will then sit down and start planning for the coming year together with the team.” The 1st JC may then be busy with promotion to the 1st Judo Bundesliga.
In the season finale against Holten, Gladbach will have to do without Alexander Wegele and Raymon de Vos, who are taking part in the European Cup in Slovenia.