Sunday, September 9, 2007

Monson, USA Dominate World Grappling Championships

The finals for the first ever World Grappling Championships were held today in Antalya, Turkey, and the U.S. certainly seems to have set the bar for the international grappling community as it won 21 of the 35 medals and swept all nine gold medals in the final event.

Pride and UFC veteran heavyweight Jeff Monson captured gold in the 275- pound division. Monson, as well as each of the other nine American gold medalists, also earned gold in June at the USA Wrestling Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas.

Standout female mixed martial artist Tara LaRosa, the current 135-pound Bodog champion, also brought home a gold medal. LaRosa's boyfriend, Adrian M Elizalde, lost his life on August 23 while serving in Iraq, so I'm especially glad for her.

Capturing a silver medal for the U.S. men was IFL middleweight Matt Horwich of the Portland Wolfpack.

(Thanks go out to Dr. Randy Borum for passing on the final results of the World Grappling Championships.)

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