Team USA Pankration wins the Silver Cup at FILA Pankration Worlds, Bibelhauser wins Gold in the hearts of Team USA

FILA PANKRATION WORLDS 2013
Team USA Pankration, consisting of delegates from the USAFPA Federation, took on Pankration fighters from all over the globe to win the Team Silver Cup at the FILA Pankration Worlds.  The event held in London, Canada happened on June 12-15 and included Amateur MMA along with Gi and No-Gi Grappling.  Team USA provided a small contingent represented by Richard Tado, Sarah Jacobson, Jeremy Bibelhauser, and Mark Mendez.  Lead by the USA Pankration Team Leader Laura Hill, and Team USA Coach Ivan Dale, the United States was lead by the efforts of Bibelhauser who started a run in the 77kg division.  Staying undefeated till the final match of the day Bibelhauser fell short of Gold to win a Bronze by rules classification of the Nordic bracketing system.  For a detailed analysis of how Bibelhauser managed to be awarded Bronze after having more wins then everyone in his division read the article posted by Rusty Davidson for TheMat.com HERE.
PANKRATION RESULTS:
GOLD – Richard Tado – 84kg
GOLD – Sarah Jacobson – 58kg
BRONZE – Jeremy Bibelhauser – 77kg
GOLD – Mark Mendez – 220+ kg

FILA PANKRATION WORLDS 2013, JEREMY BIBELHAUSER, IVAN DALE, LAURA HILL, SARAH JACOBSON, MARK MENDEZ

Jeremy, Ivan, Laura, Sarah, and Mark

FILA PANKRATION WORLDS 2013, TEAM USA WINS SILVER

Romania wins Gold, USA wins Silver, Canada wins Bronze

The FILA Worlds also featured Amateur MMA during the event and two USAFPA delegates, Matt Betzold, and Nick Marr, competed for MMA Gold.  The Team USA MMA Coach Sheldon Marr helped the team take fifth place out of nine countries entered into the worlds.  For complete tournament details check out the article posted by Rusty Davidson for TheMat.com HERE.

FILA MMA WORLDS 2013, SHELDON MARR, NICK MARR, LAURA HILL, MATT BETZOLD

Sheldon, Nick, Laura, and Matt

AMATEUR MMA RESULTS
GOLD – Matt Betzold – 62kg
SILVER – Nick Marr – 71kg  (“fight of the tournament” honors)
The FILA Worlds finished out the week of competition with Gi and No-Gi competition.  USA Grappling was coached by Sheldon Marr and Nick Marr of Edge MMA and Fitness of Denver, CO.  Team USA took the Bronze Cup in No-Gi Grappling with a team of twelve athletes.

FILA GRAPPLING WORLDS 2013 TEAM USA

Members of USA Grappling at the FILA Worlds

GRAPPLING RESULTS
GOLD – Aaron Yoches – 100kg Gi
SILVER – Brandon Ruiz – 100kg No-Gi
SILVER – Bahar Shahidi – 53kg No-Gi
5th – Shane Cross – 84kg No-Gi
5th – Eric Brennan – 92kg No-Gi

A big congratulations goes out to everyone on Team USA Pankration, MMA, and Grappling for a great job at the FILA 2013 Worlds.  Help support the teams who support our athletes, USAFPA, Eclectic Kombat, Edge MMA, Louisiana Amateur Pankration League, US Fight League.

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