Our little bulldogs ended the tournament with a total of 7 medals. In the gi, Colton Ferguson had a tough first match, but conducted a takedown in overtime to win by 2 points. He went on to the finals, and submitted his opponent to win a gold medal! Jake Allan won his first match via points, and lost in the finals to a tough opponent. Jake earned himself a silver medal. Jeremy Ramirez and Finn Branch both managed to take 3rd place, receiving bronze medals. On top of that, Finn competed in no-gi where he ended up taking 2nd place. Joseph Ramirez and Roman Udink competed in no-gi as well. They each fought super hard, and earned themselves a bronze medal. All of our little bulldogs walked away with a medal, and we couldn’t have been more proud of them.
As a team we took 1st Place for Adult No-Gi. The Blackwell brothers, Jake and Adam, had a combined record of 4-0 with 4 submissions. Jake finished both his opponents with an arm triangle choke, while his little brother executed 2 beautiful rear naked chokes. Coach Evan Acker had 2 matches and won them both via triangle. After submitting his first opponent with a guillotine, Coach Christian Maki hit a sweet takedown in overtime of the finals. In the same bracket, Jose Ramirez went 2-1 with 2 submissions and earned himself a bronze medal. His wife, Marisa, won herself 2 matches and a gold medal. Thats a total of 4 medals for the Ramirez family! Chucky Vega hit an awesome blast double, but gave up the lead in the last few seconds. Brandon Turner went 1-1 and Sam Gutierrez went 2-1, resulting in 2nd place for both of them. Alex Perales lost early, but fought back to win 3rd place. He submitted his bronze medal match with a sneaky anaconda choke.
As a team we took 1st place for Adult Gi. Elijah Martinez and Chris Udink tore apart their bracket, to eventually meet in the finals. Being teammates, they closed out and we consider them both champions. They had a combined record of 4-0, and it was their very first bjj tournament! Tyler Branch also competed in his first tournament ever, and won 1st place. He went 2-0 with an awesome choke from the back in the finals. It was also Kristen Browns first competition, and she had 2 super close matches. The Blackwell brothers continued to dominate in gi as well. They had a combined record of 5-0 with 4 more submissions. Resulting in 2 more gold medals for them. Luis Cruz lost early, but outscored his next 2 opponents 27-2 on his way to a bronze medal! Jason Rittgers dominated his first match 14-0, and executed a beautiful arm bar from guard in the following match. Also going 2-0 was Sam Gutierrez. He finished both his matches with perfect bow-and-arrow chokes. Earning himself his second medal of the day.
12 Gold, 7 Silver, 6 Bronze