Today, we’re tipping our hats and raising our glasses to the future of grappling! Our junior grapplers, Barrett Hayes, Hudson Davis, Austin Alsmtad, and Nash Randolph, showcased their immense skills, determination, and heart at the NAGA (North American Grappling Association) Jiu Jitsu competition held in the picturesque Colorado Springs, CO. These young champions made us proud with their display of technique, sportsmanship, and resilience.
Austin’s journey at the competition was nothing short of thrilling. His no-gi match against an orange belt in the 100-110 lbs, 12-13 years category was an edge-of-the-seat experience, and he bagged a well-deserved 2nd place. Not one to rest on his laurels, Austin upped his game in the Gi category, competing against a yellow belt in the 110-124 lbs bracket. Here, he showcased his superior skillset and took home the gold with a 1st place victory!
Hudson, our young prodigy, truly stood tall amongst his peers. Competing in the gi category, he dominated the mats with two fantastic wins, defeating opponents a year older than him! This first-place win reflects Hudson’s dedication and the countless hours of training he’s put in.
Barrett, without a doubt, was a force to reckon with on the mats. He showcased a masterful performance in the No Gi Expert category for 10-11 year olds in the 70-79 lbs weight class, taking home the gold with a 1st place win. Barrett’s talent didn’t stop there. He powered through in the Gi Intermediate 10-11 category to earn a respectable 3rd place and proved his mettle yet again in the Gi Intermediate 9-10 category, securing another gold with a 1st place finish. Barrett’s versatility and commitment were evident, and we couldn’t be prouder.
Last but by no means least, Nash Randolph put up a fierce fight. His commendable performance in the Nogi Intermediate category was rewarded with a silver, marking him at 2nd place. And Nash didn’t stop there; he went on to secure a bronze in the gi intermediate, a testament to his grit and prowess on the mat.
In conclusion, it’s a proud day for all of us. The dedication, discipline, and passion displayed by our junior grapplers are awe-inspiring. Their victories at the NAGA competition are not just individual wins but a testament to their hard work, training, and the unyielding support of their coaches and families.
Here’s to many more victories and the bright future of our young champions! Cheers!