Thank you to all competitors, volunteers and sponsors that supported the 2006 West Coast Submission Fighting tournament in Maple Ridge. 51 fighters from all over British Columbia had a total of 196 fights, almost 3/4 of them ending in submissions.
The surpringly large turnout caused the 185 lbs division to yield 14 fighters forcing us to split the bracket into two to have the winners of each group to fight for the gold. Here are the results of all divisions:
140 lbs division: 1st place Matt Leo, Revolution Fight Team, Surrey, 2nd place Jordan Galaugher, West Coast BJJ, Maple Ridge and 3rd place David Jew, Team Megaton, Richmond.
155 lbs division: 1st place Steve Charney, West Coast BJJ, Abbotsford, 2nd place Jess Kincaid, Marcus Soares, Burnaby and 3rd place Darrin Schritt, Murray Sholty, Prince George.
170 lbs division: 1st place Todd Smith, Universial Gym, Vancouver, 2nd place Yoon Heo, Marcus Soares, Burnaby and 3rd place Brijan Ghikermann, Team Megaton, Richmond.
185 lbs division: 1st place Brendan O'Neil, Marcus Soares, Burnaby, 2nd place Nathan Harris, Gracie Barra, Vancouver and 3rd place Demian Williamson, West Coast BJJ, Port Coquitlam.
205 lbs division: 1st place Keith Gagnon, Murray Scholty, Prince George, 2nd place Alex Whitefield, West Coast BJJ, Maple Ridge and 3rd place tied between Derrik Brayford, Maple Ridge and Dan McIver, West Coast BJJ, Abbotsford.
205 lbs + division: 1st place, Adriano Bernado, Murray Scholty, Prince George, 2nd place Jason Reynolds and 3rd place Harry Maurice both from West Coast BJJ, Abbotsford.
I am proud of my son Alex who at the age of 15 was hanging tough with the big guys at 205 lbs and Sheena, Alexis and Monique from our club that competed in the 140 lbs divison. I was very impressed by all the talented fighters that came out and proved themselves in this tough round-robin tournament. Next tournament: September 22nd, 2007.