By Danny O’Donnell
While the blue and purple belts certainly put on excellent performances throughout the weekend, coaches and spectators anxiously awaited the brown and black belt matches. The brown belt divisions started off with many back and forth matches. Gilbert GD Jiu Jitsu instructor Daniel Hampton started his day off with several competitive matches in the adult brown belt Ultra Heavyweight division, where he ended up coming away with a silver medal. Daniel was able to rebound from his loss in the finals of his weight class to win the adult brown belt Open class after 3 hard fought matches.
In the brown belt Master 1 division, Joseph Murphy from John Crouch BJJ earned 2 gold medals after 3 tough matches. After winning his only match in his weight class, John went on to win 2 matches in the Open class to cap off his day.
The black belt divisions kicked off with an exciting matchup between Lightweights Issa Able from GD Jiu Jitsu and Gerson Atoigue from Nava BJJ. Issa came away with the win by points after a closely contested match. The adult black belt Open class division was a matchup between Carlos Farias of Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu and Daniel Grippaudo of BJJ Revolution. Daniel fought hard throughout the match to resist Carlos’ heavy pressure passing, but was ultimately not able to fend him off. Carlos’ win added another gold medal to his collection, continuing his impressive run in the 2015 season.
In the black belt Master’s divisions, Jesus Artesi and Tom Cronin won the Master’s 1 and Master’s 3 categories, respectively. Jesus did not have a match in the Master 1 Medium Heavy division, but won an exciting match against BJJ Revolution’s Dimitrios Chrisos in the Open class. Carlson Gracie Team’s Tom Cronin also did not have an opponent in his weight division, but won 2 matches against Salvador Flores of BJJ Revolution and Parker Lapp of Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu to secure the Open class gold medal. Congratulations to all of the brown and black belt competitors!
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