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NYC World Pro Trials Results

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

Fifty/50 sent a group of blue and purple belt competitors up to the UAEJJ World Pro Trials at Queens College in New York City. Another strong performance from the team that continues to justify high hopes for the future.

Queens College
New York, New York

In the <138 lbs purple-black belt division, Maia Matalon defeated her first opponent, another purple belt, by brabo choke to move into the semi-final against Renzo Gracie black belt Kay Stephenson . A very accomplished competitor (blue and purple belt Mundial champion) with a dangerous guard, Kay was certain to be a tough opponent. Maia utilized a smothering top game and consistent pressure to rack up advantages and pick up the upset victory and move into the final against black belt Tammy Griego (Gracie Barra). One match away from a ticket and all-expenses-paid trip to the United Arab Emirates in early 2013 to compete in the final, Maia was working to pass her opponent’s dangerous guard, but the match was stopped when Maia’s knee was tweaked badly mid-sweep as she attempted to work a knee through pass. An unsatisfying end to an otherwise good showing, but great experience for Maia to get in against such seasoned opposition. Despite the iffy knee, Maia was back at practice on Monday morning already working to improve.

German Salas followed a first round bye by racking up over 20 points against his quarterfinal opponent. In the semi-final, German faced off against 2012 Mundial bronze medalist and former Fifty/50 student, Ostap Manastyrski. Since heading back home to Canada, Ostap has been looking sharp in competition, putting on very strong performances with an evolving game. German showed good Jiu-Jitsu, but his inexperience as a competitor got him this time, as Ostap used a cross grip series to pick up the winning advantage. German ended up with 3rd Place as Ostap went on to win the final by a comfortable margin. Congratulations to both German and Ostap!

Megan Lomonof and Leah Buckley both entered the blue belt <138 lbs division, and both put on excellent performances. Leah ended with 3rd place after three matches and Megan went 4-0 with two submissions to take the gold. In the open class, Leah avenged her weight division loss, edging her opponent out 2-0 in the first round before coming up short in the next by a narrow margin.

A good performance from a developing group that has been just on the cusp of the gold at a number of major events of the 2nd half of the year (ADCC and World Pro trials in particular). With continued hard work and dedication, we look forward to seeing everyone turn the corner in 2013 both competitively and in their understanding of Jiu-Jitsu. For the rest of the year, it’s technical development phase and local tournaments.

Team Results:
Megan Lomonof- Blue Belt <138 lbs Champion
Maia Matalon- Purple, Brown, Black Belt <138 lbs 2nd Place
German Salas- Purple Belt <143 lbs 3rd Place
Leah Buckley- Blue Belt <138 lbs 3rd Place

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