The American Nationals is one of the toughest Jiu-Jitsu competitions in the United States and is a great opportunity to for the gi grappler to face some of America’s top talent before the “Grand Slam” season begins in January. Of course, Crazy 88 BJJ sent a few competition team members out to California. The team was again split as a few of the MMA team had amateur fights at Onslaught Fights on the same night and of course, the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championship was taking place in London.
The team consisted of some of Crazy 88’s most experienced competitors – David Zwanetz, Tye Ryan Murphy, and Cathy Tran-Zwanetz. They were joined by Third Law BJJ’s Roberto Torralbas, Katy Torralbas, and Joe Formica.
Tye Ryan moved back up to Middleweight up for this tournament and maintained good results, taking Bronze in the Purple Belt Medio division. Tye defeated his first opponent 6-4 but was defeated by points in the semifinals. It did open a berth for Tye in the Open division (all weights allowed; medalists only). The first match of the Open division would be rematch of the Finals match. Tye battled hard but lost a 2-2 (1-0) match to the Middleweight Champ. Great job by Tye who showed the ability to adapt gameplan as needed
Cathy Tran-Zwanetz was in full BEAST mode and took another Gold medal. Cathy choked out her first opponent from Gracie Humaita from the back (to her opponent’s credit, she was a soldier and fought until she went out rather than tap). In the finals, Cathy faced Amber Rowe (BJJ Revolution) and swept, pass, and mounted to win 9 to nil.