SBGi Wins Big At 2015 Northwest Submission Challenge
SBGi Wins Three of Four Team Awards
Last weekend saw the whole SBGi tribe converge on Boise, Idaho for the Northwest Submission Challenge 2015. Competitors from SBGi’s gyms in Portland, Seattle, Montana and Elko, NV joined the SBGi Idaho contingent in an effort that saw Straight Blast Gym dominate proceedings. SBGi walked away with a host of individual medals, and secured three of the four team awards. They won Top Overall Team, as well as Top Gi Team and Top No-Gi Team, only narrowly missing out on the Youth Team title, coming in second.
SBGi Portland’s Performance
SBGi Portland sent a team of eight competitors across the high deserts of Eastern Oregon to take part, and every member of the team walked away with medals. Eddie Zeigler took gold in purple belt Gi, closing out his bracket in the process, before going on to pick up a second gold in his Advanced No Gi weight division, and silver in the Advanced No Gi Absolute division. Mark Fisher took bronze in brown belt Gi, and silver in Advanced No Gi, losing out only to SBG Idaho’s Jesse Brock.
Impressive New Blue Belts
Two brand new SBGi Portland blue belts put in very impressive displays in their first tournaments at that level. Zach Moore, who received his blue belt just three days before the event, picked up three wins before losing in the final in the 130 – 150lbs division, to claim a silver medal. Meanwhile, Michael Maginn, who was presented with his blue belt just hours before the start of the tournament, completely dominated, going undefeated through both his weight class and absolute divisions, picking up seven wins to win gold in both the 166-180lbs and Absolute division. Jeremy Brill picked up gold in the Executive age group, blue belt, and bronze in Executive, Advanced, No Gi, while Brian Heenan won silver in Intermediate No Gi, and bronze at blue belt Gi.
SBGi Portland’s white belts also saw success. Eduardo Torres picked up silver in the No Gi Beginner 151-165lbs division, and an impressive bronze in the No Gi Beginner Absolute division, while Thomas Kirk won gold in No Gi, Beginner, 181-195lbs division, and silver in white belt Gi.
Congratulations to the competitors from all corners of SBGi tribe that took part! A special thanks must go to SBGi Portland’s Coach John Diggins, as well as all the other SBGi coaches, who spent the whole weekend providing support and advice for those competing. Such overwhelming success could not have been achieved without their sage insight. For full results, click here