Central Gym wins big in grappler cup-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
LAKAY Central Gym snatched six gold medals en route to winning the over-all championship of the 14th Team Lakay Grappler's Cup during the weekend at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym.
Lakay Mt. Province State Polytechnic College fell short of dislodging Lakay Central with five gold medals, four silver and eight bronze medals for a decent second place finish.
But first timer Philippine Military academy made a rousing debut in its first grappling tournament besting three other gyms to bag the third place over-all with two gold medals, five silver, and five bronze medal in the tournament backed by 50's Diner, Atty. Dante Bagsan Law Office and Potato Grill and Resto.
Hajima Tawas started the gold medal haul for Lakay central after topping the junior male 58-64 kg category together with Jarland Galao-ey (junior male 65-72 kg), Lemer Maximino (senior male A 51-57 kg), Jasper Ulep (senior male A 72-79 kg), Gina Iniong (Senior Female 51-57 kg), and Jayvie Mae Espada (junior female 48-50kg).
Lakay MPSPC's gold medallist meanwhile are Jonathan Bon-as (junior male 40-53 kg), Francis Venture (junior male 51-57 kg), Billmon Kingan (junior male 65-72 kg), Jonill Flastin (senior male B 58-64kg), Rolando Falitnang (senior male B 65-71 kg), and Maelane Kiowa (senior female 50 kg).
PMA’s Henry Buking (senior male B 72-79 kg) and Raymond Besav (senior male B 80 kg) led the charge for the Cavaliers of the event also backed by Tiong San Department Store and Municipality of La Trinidad Mayor's Office.
Lakay La Trinidad also snatched two gold medals courtesy of Charlene Cawed (senior female 57-64 kg), and Stephen Mark Loman who won the mint in the absolute division.
Fight Corps MMA’s Ric Myler Empil (senior male A 57-64 kg) and Kenneth Lim (senior male B 51-57 kg) of Lakay San Fernando Gym were the other gold medallist in the tournament that saw more than 80 grapplers from as Baguio, Benguet and as far as La Union, Mt. Province and Manila.
The tournament, according to coach Mark Sangiao aims to develop more techniques for upcoming fighters and at the same time to discover talents from all over and promote grappling as a full contact sport.
Grappling is a sport that uses techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage, such as improving their relative position, escaping, submitting, or injuring them, which is also widely used in mix martial arts. These techniques include clinching, takedowns, throws, and submissions among others.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 06, 2013.