Tye Murphy defeated two opponents, including last year’s Purple Belt Open division champion, and ended up with Silver in the Brown Belt Medium Heavy division.
Chris Tran AKA Short Round defeated three opponents and claimed his 2nd Purple Belt No Gi Pan title in the Purple Belt Rooster division. Chris is a full-time student at University of Maryland – College Park where he runs the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club.
Devon Delbrugge went 4-0 and won Gold in the Purple Belt Middleweight division. He then went onto the Open division where he won two more matches before losing in the Finals of the Open division. He will be competing next weekend at the No Gi Worlds as well.
Alfonso Washington AKA DenSal took time off his Muay Thai training grind to get back into grappling. Sal has lost almost 50 pounds since the 2014 World Championship where he took Bronze but his Jiu-Jitsu still worked the same. Sal won two matches and ended up with Silver in the Purple Belt Ultra Heavyweight division.
In the Blue Belt division, the sole place-winner was Jon Connelly. Jon Connelly took 2nd at last year’s No Gi Pan and was set on Gold. Unfortunately, he lost a close 0-0 (1-0) match in the Finals and ended up with another Silver.
Our sole Masters competitor, Nick Lasalle had an impressive IBJJF debut. “Wrestler Nick” as well call him took Bronze in the Masters 1 Blue Belt division and then Silver in the Open division. Nick was a little hesitant about making the jump up to the IBJJF level of competition after just doing Good Fight and NAGA tournaments but his worries were unwarranted.
Overall, Crazy 88 took 8 competitors to New York for the tournament and ended up with 8 medals – 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze. Together with our teammates from Camp Springs, we ended up taking 3rd place as a team! That’s with only 10 total competitors (actually 9 since one of the competitors did Masters). Great job everyone!