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West Point Grappling/MMA Team Competes in Grappler’s Quest
It was a banner weekend for the West Point Grappling/MMA team as they competed in the Grapplers Quest national tournament in Wildwood, NJ.
CDT Travis “The Train” Anderson, 2010, finished in spectacular 1st place fashion in the Intermediate middle weight division. Travis submitted every opponent in his weight class to take home the gold. Travis also finished 3rd place in the Absolute (all weight class combined) Intermediate division.
The Team Captain CDT Christian Pierce, 2010, finished 3rd place in the Blue Belt division as a white belt. Christian also was voted by the club OIC and coach as having the submission of night, when he made one of his opponents tap due to the execution of a beautiful helicopter knee bar with less than 10 seconds left in the round to pull a come from behind victory.
CDT Bobby Thompson, 2011, proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with as he took 1st place in the featherweight beginner division due to his ability to takedown his opponent’s at will and then out position them on the ground.
CDT Will Nagy, 2011, finished an impressive 2nd place in the beginner light heavy weight division. Will was slated to compete in another division but was sidelined after his knee began giving him problems after his 2nd place finish.
CDT Justin Crose, 2012, demonstrated that the team would be in good hands for years to come as he finished 2nd place in the novice flyweight division. Justin competed in one of the largest divisions at the tournament, and had to undertake many fights to bring home the silver. His 2nd place finish was a direct result of his superior skill, fitness level, and toughness.
Not to be outdone by the cadets the team OIC MAJ Jimmy Smith finished 3rd in the light Heavy weight executive (old man’s) division and first in the beginners light heavy weight division. The trip was a tremendous success and the team had a great time!
- A special thanks to Team Coach John Shireman for writing this article!