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Trench Tech team brings home one gold, two silver medals

THREE of the seven Trench Tech fighters returned from last Saturday’s Marianas Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament bringing home one gold and two silver medals.

The Guam arena was packed with talented BJJ specialists and Giovonni Taitingfong was one of them. He got gold in the 125 to 140lbs division outscoring a fellow Purbred Guam opponent Van Bayudon to snatch the only gold medal for Saipan.

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Gold medal winner Giovanni Taitingfong, middle, and silver medal winners Kier Adga and Paulo Sangalang pose with the rest of the Trench Tech team after the conclusion of the Marianas Open BJJ Tournament at Guam.  Contributed photo

Kier “Radical Kid” Agda also joined the ranks rising to the top.

His first match was against Kurt Favo from Purebred beating him by kiermura arm lock. He then advanced to the gold matchup where he faced SPK22’s Thomas Quitano losing by just a one-point advantage settling for the silver medal.

Paulo “The Sang” Sangalang was the third individual to reach the top. His first opponent was Seth Gutierrez where he won by a modified back choke. Despite reaching the gold medal bout, he lost to Patrick Cruz from Spike22 via armbar to settle for the silver medal.

The rest of the Trench Tech team had their fair share of action but were unable to get past the preliminary rounds.

Ken Tanzawa lost both his preliminary matches against Former Marianas Open purple belt gold medalist,    Jon “The Heat” DelosReyes via points and Jerold Espinosa via points. Both from Purebred Guam

Jeff Garcia lost to Don Rasa from Guahan Jiu Jitsu via points.

Professor Clinton Dela Cruz lost his very exciting Black belt match against Marianas Veteran and Asian Open medalist Mike Sanchez from Purebred Guam in their eight minutes match by just three points.

 Dela Cruz almost secured a match ending with a Knee Bar on Sanchez with just 40 seconds left but Sanchez managed to squirm his way out to safety and secured the guard pass for three points before time expired.

This was Dela Cruz’s very first tournament as a black belt.

Cuki Alvarez won his first match against Joe Kaya Cruz from Purebred Guam, who was 25lbs heavier, beating him by 6 points in regulation 6 minute round.

However he lost his second match to eventual gold medal winner Cody Steele via X Choke at three minutes into the match.

Alvarez then met fellow Purebred standout Ray Paul Jardon in the bronze medal match losing by eight points in a tough fight.

“Overall, it was a great learning experience and was very fun!” shared Alvarez.

“As a team and as Martial Artists, it was also very enlightening and educational. We all learned a lot about how to win next time in a tournament style setting and that’s to play the ‘points game’ within the allotted time,” he added.

The team is already planning and preparing for other tournaments in 2018 like the Manila Open in August and Asian Open in September as well as the Copa De Marianas in October.