On April 16th 2011, Crazy 88 BJJ set out on a short journey up I-95 to conquer New York. Crazy 88 sent a decent number of competitors, consisting mostly of white belts and blue belts but also a couple Purple Belts.
The day started off with the lighter Blue Belts going first. It was a very good start to the day considering both Keith Cebula (Feather) and Tye Murphy (Middle) won their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu divisions.
As the adult Blue Belt divisions went on, Timothy “#1 Stunna” Spriggs battled his way to the finals of the Medium Heavy division and ended up taking Silver. Aung La N Sang took bronze in the Heavyweight division and Alfonso “Big Sal” Washington (Ultra Heavy) took Gold to complement his PanAm Bronze medal.
Later in the day, we were able to enter 3 people into the adult Blue Belt Open and it was a clean sweep for Team Lloyd Irvin. Tye Murphy took first place, Alfonso Washington took second place and Tim Spriggs took third place.
Cathy Tran-Zwanetz had some battles and took third in the female Blue Belt Light Feather division.
Jeffrey “Geoff” Mueller fought very well in the Blue Belt featherweight masters division and the Masters Open, taking third in his weight class.
In the Blue Belt Juvenile division, Devon “Demonstrator” Delbrugge received a Silver medal for both his weight class and the Open weight division. Devon had a variety of matches, ranging from dominating quick submissions to come-from-behind points victories; at only 17 years of age, he remains one of the top prospects for Crazy 88.
Overall, the Blue Belt squad performed very nicely, bringing back a lot of medals.
In the adult Purple belt heavy weight division, Malcolm Vaughan had some tough fights and took second place, losing a 0-0 (2-1) match in the finals. He then entered into the Open weight division. In the finals, Malcolm faced the opponent that had beat him in his weight class and avenged his loss to take Gold.
Kwami Mensah fought in his first purple belt division a week after being promoted. Kwami received a bronze medal for his performance.
As the day started to wind down it was the White Belts turn to shine. William Smallwood received a bronze medal in the medium heavy division. John “Southside” Johnson overcame bus trouble to nad first place in the Ultra Heavy division.
All three of the White Belt ladies placed in their divisions. Alexandria “Malibu” Welch took Bronze in Light Feather. Katie “Baroness” Oliphant battled through a tough first match, dominated her second, and ended up taking Silver at featherweight. Larissa “Hamburguer” Zwanenburg took silver at Lightweight.
In the White Belt masters divisions, Bruce Sabath took third place at Middle and Michael Kellogg took first place at Medium Heavy.
Overall, it was a very good day for the team. Team Lloyd Irvin was second in the overall team standings. Considering that we were only 15 points out of first place and with the multitude of errors in the listings, there is no question that we would have taking Gold if we had sent the full squad!