Baguio-based wushu fighters dominated the ninth Grapplers’ Cup at the University of the Cordilleras winning seven of the 11 gold medals.
But it was two G-stringed wushu players from Lakay Tadian Mountain Province who stole the show and got the attention of the audience and the members of regional and national media.
All the four golds in the seniors division were salvaged by Baguio-based players with Kevin Vince Loman of Lakay Central gym winning the gold in the 51-57 kg while Amado Benito of UC Wushu settled for silver with Paul John Ednalaga of Lakay San Fernando and Jerome Wanawan of UC Wushu winning bronze medals.
Another Lakay Central fighter, Tristan Rebuyaco, won the gold in his final match against Harold Banario of UC wushu in the 58-64 kg. Duclan Apil and Delfin Nawen both won bronze in the same category.
UC Wushu’s Roldan Sangcha-an won the gold in the 65-71 kg against Jonel Fiastin of MPSPC Wushu while Mark Sumalag of Baguio Top Team and Asahi Bagbagen of La Trinidad Lakay Team settled for bronze.
Three Lakay Central fighters led by gold medalist Patrick Rilloraza dominated the 71-17 kg division with Moises Lalto-og of LCG settling for silver while teammate Jason Estimada settled for bronze together with Joshua Exconde of Baguio Top Team.
In the distaff side, MMA fighter Gina Iniong of UC Wushu won gold in the 51-57 kg in her match against Florie Gray Camarao of MPSPC Wushu while Tetchie Assudo and Rowenalyn Minong, both of UC Wushu were good for bronze medal.
Female wushu fighters from MPSPC were victorious in 50 kg and below category by winning gold, silver, and bronze.
Regina Canyas won over teammate Mae Lanie Kiowa in the finals match while another teammate Line-ey Cupag and Jane Cristine Padul of Lakay Central settled for bronze.
In the juniors’ side, Mhel Clinton Remolac of Lakay Central won over Jhaymie Gayman of UC Wushu in the finals with Rodolfo Ramo of Lakay Tadian settling for bronze in the 51-57kg.
Mark Stephen Loman of Lakay Central won over his teammate Jon Olivar in the 58-64kg while Andrew Gao-an of Lakay Tadian went home with a bronze.
Cristal Sim Jimenez and Philmore Biang both of Lakay Tadian won gold and silver medals, respectively in the 65-71kg.
Norman Kent Akien of Lakay Central won gold in the 40kg and below of the kids division while siblings Johnlo Mark and Johnrey Sangiao won silver and bronze, respectively.
Taro Barrientos of Lakay San Fernando won in his finals match against Timothy Donguez in the 43-50kg of the Kids Division.
The winners will compete in the National Grapplers Cup anytime soon.