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The first day went smoothly as always at Claudio Franca’s US Open. A ton of White Belts began the day’s action. For this first time this year instead of making all the women compete at once, the women were called up along their respective male counterparts belt level.

In the purple belts featherweight Pacific Martial Arts teammates Greg Ashbury and Jorge Evanglista split top honors. In a tought lightweight division Bill Cooper submitted three opponents to take the title.

In the middleweight division, Claudio Franca teammates Paul Schreiner and heavier than usual Noman Rana each submitted their opponent to split honors. Al Williams takes home the Light Heavyweight honors and James Maddalon takes the heavyweight title. Sergio Fames takes the Unlimited title.

The absolute division was extremely exciting as well, as many of the divisional winners stepped up to compete. Bill Cooper met Sergio Fames in the first round, and Bill’s usual pluck and quickness was not enough to overcome what was at least a 200 pound weight disadvantage. Sergio would go on to submit Maddalon to make it the finals. On the otherside of the bracket, Paul Schreiner scored some quick submissions, including a sweet flying triangle to make it the finals.

Well aware of the size difference, Paul Schreiner approached the finals match with Sergio Fames with extreme caution, and Sergio for his part treated Paul with equal respect. The entirety of the match was spent jockeying for position on the feet, although at points the tension was so great between the competitors that the mat bagan to move from underneath them. Without any points or advantages scored, the referee awarded the US Open Purple Belt Absolute Title to Paul Schreiner

Today will be the blue belts, brown and black belts plus the team challenge!

The second day of the 10th annual US Open of JiuJitsu began with the blue belts and was crowned with the first brown/black team competition on American soil. The whole day was packed with action and tremendous displays of skill.

Plenty of black belts put it on the line once again in Santa Cruz Megaton Dias defeated Eduardo Leitao in a fetherweight masters match. In a very tough match Walter Vitale defeated Paulo “JR” Gazze. Gazze was ahead 2-0 for most of the match but n the final seconds Wal

The Masters Light Heavyweight division had four competitors. Milton Regis defeated Mica Cipili and then Eduardo Rocha defeated Kelly English. Then Eduardo came back to defeat Milton Regis by a score of 5-0 to take first place.

Local standout Daniel Thomas defeated Pedro Schmall via points. Mariana Azevedo won her respective matches against a very tough Sarah Fairbanks and the always game Luka Tavares.

In the Team Competition two teams were slated to compete with Team Saulo Riberio, with Saulo Riberio, Vincius Magalhaes and Rafael Lovato Jr., and Team BJJ Boulder with Amal Easton, Nick Kline, Eliot Marshall. Lightweight brownbelt Marcos Torregrosa was eager to test his skills as well and formed a team with instructor Cassio Werneck and John Carlquist. So the Teams competition became a round robin affair.

The first match up saw BJJ Boulder vs Team Werneck. Cassio Werneck defeated Amal Easton by points to score first for his team. Eliot Marshall responded by submitting John Carlquist to even the score, then Nick Kline used a nasty banana split type hold on Marcos Torregrosa to win the meet for BJJ Boulder.

In the second match up, Team Riberio faced Team Werneck, however Walter Vital stepped up for the injured Marcos Torregrosa. Cassio again score first for his team by defeating Rafael Lovato Jr by an advantage. Saulo then scored a submission victory over Carlquist. Finally Vincius Magalhaes applied a lightening quick armlock on Walter Vitale to give Team Riberio the win.

This set up the championship match for the title and the prize money between Team Riberio and Team BJJ Boulder. In the first match, team captains Saulo Riberio and Amal Easton battled with Saulo securing the choke for the victory. Then Vincius Magalhaes and Eliot Marshall had perhaps the most entertaining fight of the entire weekend in which they exchanged positions, submission attempts and generally brawled for the duration of their match, however Vincious proved the more effective fighter and prevailed on points. Although Team Riberio had locked up the victory, Rafael Lovato Jr and Nick Kline stepped on the mat anyway and with nothing to lost Kline really sought to take it to his opponent, however with a guard pass towards the end of regulation Lovato scores the victory.

With this 10th US Open Claudio Franca and friends have had one of the longest running and most respected tournaments not only in the United States, but in the world. Here’s looking forward to 10 more years of the US Open!

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(Ribeiro BJJ) over John Carlquist (Werneck-Sauer) by submissionVinicius Magalhaes (Ribeiro BJJ) over Walter Vital (Werneck-Sauer) by submissionFinals: Team Ribeiro over Team Boulder BJJSaulo Ribeiro (Ribeiro BJJ) over Amal Easton (Boulder BJJ) by submissionVincius Magalhaes (Ribeiro BJJ) over Elliot Marshall (Boulder BJJ) by pointsRafael Lovato Jr. (Ribeiro BJJ) over Nick Kline (Boulder BJJ) by points

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