December 1, 2023

Team Lakay Central Gym has emerged the overall champion for winning 11 gold, two silver, and six bronze medals in the 38th Grappler’s Cup held on July 8 to 10 at the Benguet State University closed gym.

The gold medalists were Hyuma Zan Sibaen and Raymond Castillo in the kids male 10 to 12 years old category, Ralph Cervantes in the kids 13 to 15, Joshua Almora in the juniors male 58 to 64 kilograms, Dale Marie Mayos in the seniors female, 50-kg. below; Lecko Gammonac in the seniors male novice, 51 to 57-kg.; Chad Mayos in the seniors male novice, 58 to 64-kg.; and Nahuel Gandolfi winning gold medals in both the seniors male advance and in absolute men categories.

Gridlock Overlimit Jiu-jitsu placed first runner-up with five gold, three silver, and four bronze medals.

Gold medalists were Katarina Lapastora and Allysa Lapastora in the kids female 13 to 15, Christian Kyle Mindaro and Kurt Lawrence Wagayan in the juniors male.

 Wagayan also ruled the seniors male novice.   

Second runner-up is Deftac La Union with five gold medals from  Zoe Belize Tubiera in the kids female 13 to 15, Julian Santos in the kids male 13 to 15, Annie Parungao and Emily Lopez in the seniors female, and Joko Silverio in seniors male novice.

The bronze medalist from the team was Calvin Salas.

C-Gambit Jiu-Jitsu is third runner-up with two gold medals from Rafael Donglasan and Geremy Bahingawan. It also won two silver and three bronze medals.

Other gold medalists were Jaspher Dagdag and Kiel Josiah Bagsan of Quads Fitness Gym, and James Duag of TL San Fernando.

Special awards were given to Gandolfi for the fastest submission for a 13-second guillotine choke while best submission went to his teammate Ralph Cervantes who exhibited his prowess in anaconda choke against his opponent.

The Grappler’s Cup is part of the Benguet Friendship Games. – Ofelia C. Empian