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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- USA Grappling is pleased to announce the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete in the FILA World Grappling Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec. 12-13.

    The team includes more than 50 of the best men and women Grapplers in the nation who live and train all across the nation. The United States is the reigning World Team Champions in both No-Gi and Gi Grappling.

    Up to three athletes per weight class qualified for the U.S. team based upon their performance at the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Phoenix, Ariz., October 23-24. The final positions on the U.S. team were determined through a petition process which was evaluated by a special USA Grappling committee.

    Among those on the U.S. men?s roster are three 2008 FILA Grappling World champions in No-Gi: Ricky Lundell (Salt Lake City, Utah/Grappler?s Edge) at 66 kg, Jacob Volkmann (White Bear Lake, Minn./MMMA) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Jeff Monson (Olympia, Wash./American Top Team) in the Absolute division.

    Featured on the women?s roster is a 2008 FILA Grappling World champion in both No-Gi and Gi, Lisa Ward (Lacey, Wash./Victory Athletics) at 50 kg/110 lbs.

    Also on the team are five athletes who won No-Gi Grappling World titles at the 2007 World Wrestling Games: Lundell, Monson, Ward, plus Felicia Oh (Valencia, Calif. (Big John McCarthy?s UTA) at 50 kg/110 lbs. and Tara LaRosa (Woodstown, N.J./Philadelphia Fight Factory) at 59 kg/130 lbs.

    There are two past Olympic team members in freestyle wrestling who are on the U.S. Grappling World Team competing in No-Gi: Sara McMann (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Ben Askren (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) at 84 kg/185 lbs. McMann won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Askren competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Also on the team is a World silver medalist in women?s freestyle wrestling, Stephanie Murata (Minden, Nev./Sunkist Kids) at 55 kg/121 lbs.

    On the Gi Grappling team, in the women?s division, are past USA Judo World Team members Jeanette Rodriguez (Davie, Fla./USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Carrie Chandler (Wakefield, Mass./NYAC-USA Judo National Team Force) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.

    The U.S. team will be led by National Grappling Coach Ricardo Liborio (Coconut Creek, Fla.), a legend in Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. Liborio will have three veteran assistant coaches on his World Team staff: Sheldon Marr, (Aurora, Colo.), Shawn Sheldon (W. Palm Beach, Fla.) and Anthony Califano (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Led by nine individual champions, the United States dominated the team standings at the FILA Grappling World Championships, held at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center on Saturday evening.

    The USA won five of the six men’s gold medals, and added four of the five women’s gold medals. The USA was first in the standings for both the men and women’s division, followed by France and Canada in both divisions. USA Grappling National Coach Ricardo Liborio was ecstatic with the effort of the American team.

    Defending his Grappling World title with his second straight gold medal at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. was Raphael Davis (Lomita, Calif. /Team Caique) who stopped Jose Rodenas of Spain in the finals, 3-1.

    Two of the men’s finals were rematches of the finals of the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, and all ended the same way this time.

    At 66 kg/145.5 lbs., World Team Trials champion Tom LeCuyer (Plano, Ill./Atlas XT/Torres MA) defeated World Team Trials runner-up Dennis Prokopos, Milbrae, Calif. (10th Planet Jiu Jitsu) in the finals, 1-0. LeCuyer was a World bronze medalist last year.

    At 84 kg/185 lbs., 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestler Ben Askren (Tempe, Ariz./Sunkist Kids) defeated 2008 Grappling World champion Jacob Volkmann (White Bear Lake, Minn./MMMA) in a very competitive finals, 3-1. All of the points were scored in the last minute of the bout. Askren, who was a two-time NCAA champion at Missouri, beat Volkmann, a three-time All-American at Minnesota, in the Grappling Trials finals.

    The other individual men’s champions were also World Team Trials champions, Zach Makovsky (Philadelphia, Pa./Philadelphia Fight Factory) at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Kelly Anundson (Columbia, S.C./Black Knight WC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

    Makovsky defeated Matt Betzold (Phoenix, Ariz./Gracie Barra Lions Den) in the finals, 7-2. Betzold is a left-leg amputee who dazzled fans with his exciting grappling.

    Anundson defeated Brandon Ruiz (West Jordan, Utah/Grappler’s Edge) in the finals, 4-0. It was the second straight year that Ruiz won a World Grappling silver medal.

    All of the men’s champions were college wrestlers: Makovsky (Drexel), LeCuyer (Northern Illinois), Askren (Missouri), Davis (Cal-State Bakersfield), Anundson (Newberry).

    In the women’s division, all of the champions captured round-robin tournaments to claim the title.

    The individual U.S. champions were Felicia Oh (Valencia, Calif./Big John McCarthy’s UTA) at 50 kg/110 lbs., Jessica Aguilar (Coconut Creek, Fla./American Top Team) at 59 kg/130 lbs., Sara McMann (Gaffney, S.C./Sunkist Kids) at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Tori Adams (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

    Oh’s victory was perhaps the most surprising. She was defeated by 2008 Grappling World Champion Lisa Ward (Lacey, Wash./Victory Athletics) in the morning session. Oh won her evening round-robin match against Sam Stewart of Canada. However, Ward was upset by young American Tammi Musumeci (Wellington, Fla./American Top Team) in her final bout. Oh won the tiebreaker, by scoring the most classification points in the tournament at the weight class.

    McMann, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, edged 2009 Grappling World Team Trials champion Shayna Baszler (Sioux Falls, S.D./CSW/Next Edge), 1-0 in the deciding final round-robin match.

    Adams, a past Junior World medalist in freestyle wrestling, defeated athletes from four nations to take her gold medal. The key victory came in the last round, when she beat 2008 Grappling World champion Romy Ruyssen of France, 3-0.

    Aguilar had clinched her gold medal during the morning session, winning both of her roundrobin matches.

    The Grappling World Championships conclude on Sunday, with the Gi division, as well as the Open division in No-Gi.
    Nicolas Renier (Luta Livre black belt) won the No-Gi Grappling Championship at 74 kg and bronze medal in grappling Gi.

    Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros (6 time bjj world champion) was defeated in the second match by Misha Cirkunov (CAN).

    No-Gi Open champion Kelly Anundson, who won two gold medals in Grappling this weekend.

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After winning three World Grappling medals in his career without claiming a title, Brian Peterson (Valencia, Calif./Big John McCarthy’s UTA) finally reached the top of the podium with a gold-medal victory at 60 kg/132 lbs. in the Gi division at the FILA Grappling World Championships on Sunday.

    Peterson (Valencia, Calif. (Big John McCarthy’s UTA) got ahead early and held on to defeat U.S. teammate Bruce Guevera (Naperville, Ill./Overtime MMA), 3-2 in the final round. His gold medal will now go along with a silver and two bronze medals in past Grappling World events, competing on both the Gi and the No-Gi divisions.

    Peterson was the lone U.S. champion in the men’s No-Gi division, but the U.S. had enough depth in all divisions to edge Brazil for the team title. The victory gave the United States a clean sweep of all four divisions contested during the weekend.

    “I was very surprised. Brazil had four champions in the six divisions. I am very proud of our athletes, but I don’t think we performed to what we are capable of,” said USA Grappling Coach Ricardo Liborio.

    The U.S. finished with four silver medalists. Joining Guevera as runners-up were Din Thomas (Coconut Creek, Fla./American Top Team) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., Cole Miller (Coconut Creek, Fla./American Top Team) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Jarod Lawton (Wellington, Fla./American Top Team) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

    Thomas and Miller lost very close battles with talented opponents. Thomas fell to Brazil’s Renato Taveres, 1-0 and Miller fell to Peter Mettler of Switzerland, 2-0. Miller had a tight arm bar on Mettler but was unable to secure a submission before time ran out.

    Lawton fell 2-1 in the finals to Marcos Oliveira of Brazil.

    Also scoring points that helped Team USA to win the title were bronze medalists Kyle Bracey (Amarillo, Texas/Roughrider Wrestling) at 84 kg/185 lbs. and Charles McCarthy (Coconut Creek, Fla./American Top Team) at 120 kg/164.5 lbs.

    Also completed on Sunday evening was the Open divisions in both men’s and women’s Gi Grappling, as well as the men’s No-Gi Open division. Athletes from any weight class can enter the Open division.

    Capturing the Open division for men in No-Gi Grappling was Kelly Anundson (Columbia, S.C./Black Knight WC), who defeated U.S. teammate Mario Rinaldi (Port St. Lucia, Fla./American Top Team), 2-1, in overtime. It was Anundson’s second gold medal for the weekend, after winning the 120 kg/264.5 lbs. title in No-Gi on Saturday.

    Capturing the women’s Open Gi division was Tara LaRosa (Woodstown, N.J./Philadelphia Fight Factory), who won a three-athlete roundrobin to take the crown. Both of her opponents were Canadians, who were competing two weight classes higher than LaRosa during the weekend.

    LaRosa went home with four medals this weekend, winning golds in the Gi division at 59 kg/130 lbs. and in the Open division. She was also a silver medalist in the No-Gi competition at 59 kg/130 lbs. and a bronze medalist in the No-Gi Open division. She was the only American to win four medals during the weekend.

    Winning the Open division for men in Gi Grappling was Brazil’s Ailton Azevedo. The top placing American in the Open division was Robert Redman (San Jose, Calif./San Jose State WC), who finished fifth.

    In addition to the competition today, there was also a USA vs. Brazil judo dual meet, which was webcast on TheMat.com
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    Sounds like Volkmann had a better gameplan this time. He still came up short, but it sounded like a hell of a match.

    Mcmann got avenged her qualifier loss to Bayzler.
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