Hatton brothers look for Junior Olympic gold

It may be a good thing that Harrison and Jack Hatton don't fight in the same judo division.

If they ever did, the championship bout might become an epic.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School students occasionally square off when they train at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville at head coach Jason Morris' request.

We do this thing which is basically called sudden death overtime, or as we call it, the 'golden minute,'" said Morris. "In a regular match, it would only be three minutes, but they;ve gone at it for 45 minutes without a winner. It's amazing to watch."

"It's really neck and neck," said Harrison, the older brother by two years. "I've beaten him a few times, and he's beaten me a few times in a row."

"We both have similar styles, so the one who wins is either the one who makes the better move or the one who doesn't make a mistake," said Jack.

The Hattons are hoping to throw their competition next weekend at the Junior Olympics in Irving, Texas. If they place in the top two of their weight classes in their respective age divisions, they will advance to the Junior World judo championships later this year.

"We both have trained very hard to get to this point where we're competing with other judo athletes from around the country," said Jack.

Morris said that the Hattons have styles that reflect their personalities " Harrison is thoughtful and serious, while Jack smiles more and is quick to respond.

"Harrison is more like 'The Terminator.' His technique is superb, but he's more systematic in his approach," said Morris. "Jack is more freestyle."

The Hattons took up judo as young children growing up in New York City. Their father, Mark, competed at a local club, and they both started when they were 5 years old.

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