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The Results are in from the Chicago Open, and Alliance IS the best team in the Midwest. This was the first time we have ben able to beat both Brasa and Carlson Gracie Team on their own turf. Since both teams are headquartered in Chicago, they are always able to put forth a huge army of competitors. That said, we have come very close to first on several occasions and this Event was set to be the place we made our mark. We definite did not have the largest of the 3 teams on the podium, but our effort and skill made the difference in winning the 1st place trophy. The biggest difference was our competitors who fought the open class. We won the team trophy by 67 points, we scored 95 total points in the open class divisions. Having the skills to use your BJJ effectively against larger opponents, is always a key aspect of the open class and our competitors proved that size does not matter. We couldn’t be more proud of anyone who competed and as always will continue to work harder to make sure we can repeat this task in the future.
We had many competitors compete in this event as always. All of our competitors at all belt levels really showed up and did their best. We have seen consistent improvement each time we go to the Chicago Open and this definitely was this best showing we have ever had as an academy. Results are as follows, and While not everyone made it to the podium, we are proud of everyone who gets outside their comfort zone and competes to se were they are really at with their skill level, by testing themselves against the best competition.
Sonya Plavcan–Gold in Weight class, Gold in Open class
Mark Plavcan–Silver in Weight class, Silver in Open class
Andy Acker–Silver in Weight class, Bronze in Open class
Will “Guy” Schilts–Silver in Weight class, Gold in Open class
Jason Smith–Gold in Weight class, Silver in Open class
Jason Meehan–Gold in weight class, Gold in Open class
Tony Mangi–Gold in weight class
Steve Dawson–Silver in Weight class
Eddie Flick–Bronze in weight class
Marc Morandi–Silver in Weight class
Amanda Wyatt (From our sister school, Lake Effect) –Gold in Weight class, Gold in Open class
Aaron Mitchell–Silver in Weight class
WHITE BELT (No Open Class for White belt)
Dylan Cameron (From our sister school, Lake Effect)–Gold in Weight class
Dave Neal–Silver in Weight class (First Tournament!!!)
Monica Sowers–Silver in Weight class (First Tournament!!!)
John Rink (From our sister school, Lake Effect)–Bronze in Weight class
John Brennan–Bronze in Weight class
Andrew Gunderson–Bronze in Weight class
Eric Kensic–Silver in Weight class
Wyatt Lauer–Silver in Weight class