SBG Montana Dominates Largest Idaho Grappling Tournament

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BOISE, ID, APRIL 23, 2016 – Competitors from four Straight Blast Gym locations and other grappling academies from the Northwest region turned out for Northwest Submission Challenge. The two-day event is the largest tournament in Idaho. Representing Montana was SBG Kalispell and SBG North in Whitefish with a total of 21 competitors of all ages.

There were over 550 competitors and 8 mats of competition in both Gi and No Gi divisions for adults and teens at Capital High School last Saturday.  The following day there was a free Kids Budo Cup held for youth competitors under the ages of 12. Overall, the SBG Montana teams brought home 16 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.  Tren Long, the tournament coordinator described SBG’s performance as, “the most dominant presence at the Northwest Submission Challenge ever”, noting that SBG had nearly twice as many points as the second place team.

Travis Davison, head coach and owner of Straight Blast Gym in Kalispell, said, “SBG Elko, SBG Boise and SBG Montana competed and coached side by side for 2 days and shared in the glory. Big thank you to all the coaches, competitors, fans, refs and workers who made this tournament awesome!” 

Northwest Submission Challenge 2016 SBG Montana Results

                                                                       Gi                                No Gi

Chuck Jantzen                                      Bronze                           Absolute

Joe Davison                                            Silver                              Adv Gold

Rick Davison                                           Gold                               Adv Gold

Marnic Mann                                          Gold                                Beg Gold

Julia Seaward                                          Silver                              Beg Silver

Cody Bessette                                          Gold                                Beg Gold

Cole Gorton                                                                                       Beg Gold

Coen Dalton                                             Silver                               Int Silver

Rhoday Dalton                                         Gold                                    Gold

Makenzie Westphal                                Silver

Aaron Westphal                                        Gold                                    Silver

Bella Downing                                           Gold                                     Silver

Hayden Knauer                                          Gold                                     Silver

Kalijah Wieczorek                                    Gold                                      Bronze

Cayden Wieczorek                                   Silver                                      Gold

Lakoda Wieczorek                                    Gold                                        Gold

Gold: 16; Silver: 11; Bronze: 3 
Total: 30 medals

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Photo attached: From left to right – Chris Myers (SBG Elko, NV), Travis Davison (SBG Montana), Tren Long (Event Coordinator NW Submission Challenge), Scott Thometz (SBG Boise, ID).

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