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Grapplers Quest US Nationals Results

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

Seph Smith and Ostap Manastyrski win Advanced division titles, Ryan Hall conducts charity seminar for Autism Awareness.

July 18, 2011
Morristown, NJ

Fifty/50 fielded only a small group of four competitors for this one, but each fought well and took a step up in level.

Alex Nguyen, competing for the first time in the Children’s Advanced gi division, made a strong showing in taking 2nd place. She submitted her first opponent with an armlock, defeated her second by advantage after locking in another very close armlock at the buzzer, and put up 7 points on her opponent in the final before losing concentration and getting caught in…you guessed it…an armlock. Excellent work by Alex! There’s a lot of room for improvement, but she’s working hard and looking better with each passing week.

Our visiting friend from New Zealand, Aaron Dempsey, used a slick half guard to dominate the Men’s White Belt cruiserweight division. Showing a game straight out of Ryan Hall‘s half guard DVD, he waiter swept each of his opponents, finishing the second with a bread cutter choke, on his way to a gold. In the no-gi division, he showed a ton of heart in taking 2nd place in spite of his already injured knee popping out of joint repeatedly over the course of (and during) his 3 matches. Unfortunately, Aaron required surgery when he returned home, but we’re sure he’ll be back on the mats training hard and competing soon.

Ostap Manastyrski picked up his first Grapplers Quest Men’s Advanced title as he submitted his first two opponents and defeated his adversary in the finals by a comfortable points margin. In the Purple Belt <150 lbs division, Ostap looked sharp again as he submitted his first opponent and defeated Chris Ulbricht on points. In the finals he faced a very experienced Michael Trasso (RGDA) and came up just short by a score of 3-2.

Seph Smith picked up his third consecutive Men’s Advanced title in the lightweight division, controlling each of his matches and winning the final against a tough Pete Shoemaker.

In the Men’s Brown Belt <180 lbs division, Seph defeated his Brazilian first round opponent by referee’s decision after multiple near guard passes and submitted his second round opponent with a cross choke to pass into the final. In the gold medal match Seph faced Gary Tonon (Ocean County BJJ) and came up just short, losing by 2 advantages in a fast-paced and exciting match.

Originally slated to take on UFC star and ADCC veteran Kurt Pellegrino in a 10-minute superfight, Ryan Hall saw that match cancelled due to an injury sustained by Kurt during training for the match. Kurt is a great competitor and we wish him a speedy recovery.

In lieu of the superfight, Ryan conducted a charity children’s seminar whose proceeds went to support Autism awareness. Techniques covered included triangle choke defense and escaping a squashed position in the butterfly guard, and Ryan rolled with many of the participants afterward.

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