World champions Patino, Ruiz, Hinger among No-Gi champions at U.S. World Team Trials

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 30, 2017, 2:52 a.m. (ET)
Top photo: Joshua Hinger of Atos Jiu Jitsu is in control against George Ganssle of Renzo Gracie in the 84 kg division. Photo by Larry Slater.
Bottom photo: Matt Holt of Edge MMA and Fitness is in command against Matt Betzold of Edge MMA and Fitness at 62 kg. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.


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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Three past World champions in No-Gi Grappling were among the winners at the U.S. World Team Trials on Saturday at the South Point Arena.

Two of the champions were previous gold-medalists at United World Wrestling (UWW) Grappling World Championships in the No-Gi division, Jason Patino of Edge MMA and Fitness at 71 kg and Brandon Ruiz of Edge MMA & Fitness at Over 100 kg.

Patino, who was a World champion in 2014, scored three wins by submission to dominate his five-athlete roundrobin.

Ruiz, who won his World title in 2011, and has won five career World medals, defeated three other super heavyweights on the way to his title.

The other past World champion was Joshua Hinger of Atos Jiu Jitsu, who was an IBJFF No-Gi World champion in 2006. He scored a submission in his finals match against George Ganssle of Renzo Gracie.

The winners in each weight class qualify for the USA No-Gi team for the 2017 UWW Grappling World Championships, set for Baku, Azerbaijan, October 18-19.

At 62 kg, in a battle of past Grappling World medalists, two-time World medalist Matt Holt of Edge MMA and Fitness dominated five-time World medalist Matt Betzold in the finals. Betzold was a World champion in 2014.

Winning the 92 kg weight class with three wins by submission was Carlos Soto of Team Impact Indiana. Among his victims was the eventual runner-up Andrew Mostowa of Moorpark.

In the women’s division, Breanna Stikkelman of UTC/Simi Valley won the 58 kg division, scoring submissions in both of her bouts, as well as winning another bout by forfeit.

There were five athletes who earned “double titles,” winning their weight classes in both No-Gi and Gi this weekend: Holt, Hinger, Soto, Stikkelman and Laree Calihan of United Training Center (71kg/women’s division). Calihan was uncontested in her weight class.

Other winners in the men’s division were Jason Carapellucci of Edge MMA & Fitness at 66 kg, Steven Ramos of Renzo Gracie at 77 kg and Hudson Taylor of Edge Hoboken at 100 kg.

Carapellucci won three bouts in a four-athlete roundrobin. Ramos had a big win in his finals, beating seven-time World medalist Michael Kelly of Old School in the finals. Taylor won his weight class uncontested.

Also making the U.S. Team by winning the 53 kg division for women uncontested was eight-time World medalist Lisa Ward.

The Grappling Cup, given each year to the club which scores the most points in the tournament was a tie this year, as defending Edge MMA and Fitness and the United Training Center both finished with 40 points each.

The Military Cup this year went to the U.S. Army, followed by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. Last year, the winner was the U.S. Air Force. Points are scored by either active-duty military, or veterans from the various military branches.

For the first time, the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials was broadcast on both FloGrappling and FloWrestling.

U.S. GRAPPLING WORLD TEAM TRIALS
At Las Vegas, Nev., April 29-30

No-Gi Grappling results and finals pairings


62 kg
1st - Matt Holt (Edge MMA and Fitness)
2nd - Matt Betzold (Edge MMA and Fitness)
3rd - Loc Nguyen (Edge MMA and Fitness)
Round Robin Bouts
Matt Holt (Edge MMA and Fitness) submission Loc Nguyen (Edge MMA and Fitness), 1:26
Matt Betzold (Edge MMA and Fitness) submission Loc Nguyen (Edge MMA and Fitness), 1:30
Matt Holt (Edge MMA and Fitness) tech. fall Matt Betzold (Edge MMA and Fitness), 18-3

66 kg
1st - Jason Carapellucci (Edge MMA & Fitness)
2nd - Luis Quinones (Los Angeles)
3rd - Aaron Johnson (Edge MMA & Fitness)
4th - Sean Rucker (Team Impact Indiana),
Aaron Johnson (Edge MMA & Fitness) dec. Sean Rucker (Team Impact Indiana), 9-0
Jason Carapellucci (Edge MMA & Fitness) dec. Luis Quinones (Los Angeles), 6-0
Luis Quinones (Los Angeles) dec. Aaron Johnson (Edge MMA & Fitness), 5-0
Jason Carapellucci (Edge MMA & Fitness) dec. Sean Rucker (Team Impact Indiana), 18-0
Jason Carapellucci (Edge MMA & Fitness) dec. Aaron Johnson (Edge MMA & Fitness)
Luis Quinones (Los Angeles) vs. Sean Rucker (Team Impact Indiana)

71 kg
1st - Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness)
2nd - Burke Gappmayer (Unified Jiu Jitsu)
3rd - Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center),
Round Robin Bouts
Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness) submission Burke Gappmayer (Unified Jiu Jitsu), 0:50
Joseph Yeampierre (Americana JiuJitsu) by forfeit over John Morgan (HyperModern)
Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center) submission Omar Gaitan (Nor Cal Wrestling Academy), 1:35
Burke Gappmayer (Unified Jiu Jitsu) dec. Joseph Yeampierre (Americana JiuJitsu), 13-2
Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center) by forfeit over John Morgan (HyperModern)
Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness) submission Omar Gaitan (Nor Cal Wrestling Academy), 2:04
Burke Gappmayer (United Jiu Jitsu) submission Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center), 0:48
Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness) submission Joseph Yeampierre (Americana JiuJitsu), 1:01
Omar Gaitan (Nor Cal Wrestling Academy) by forfeit over John Morgan (HyperModern)
Omar Gaitan (Nor Cal Wrestling Academy) dec. Burke Gappmayer (Unfied Jiu Jitsu),
Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center) won by forfeit over Joseph Yeampierre (Americana JiuJitsu)
Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness) by forfeit over John Morgan (HyperModern)
Jason Patino (Edge MMA and Fitness) by forfeit Daniel Rodriguez (United Training Center)
Omar Gaitan (Nor Cal Wrestling Academy) by forfeit Joseph Yeampierre (Americana JiuJitsu)
Burke Gappmayer (Unfied Jiu Jitsu) by forfeit John Morgan (HyperModern)

77 kg
1st –Steven Ramos (Renzo Gracie) dec. Mike Kelly (Old School)
3rd - Bobby Yamashita (All Navy) dec. Josh Wick (Edge MMA and Fitness)

84 kg
1st – Joshua Hinger (Atos Jiu Jitsu) submission George Ganssle (Renzo Gracie)
3rd – Obe Simpson (Harvey Twisters) dec. Kofi Adzitso (Edge MMA and Fitness)

92 kg
1st - Carlos Soto (Team Impact Indiana)
2nd - Andrew Mostowa (Moorpark)
3rd - Shaun W. Scott (Team Palay)
4th - Scott Lanham (Paradigm Training Center)
Roundrobin bouts
Carlos Soto (Team Impact Indiana) submission Andrew Mostowa (Moorpark), 2:09
Shaun W. Scott (Team Palay) dec. Scott Lanham (Paradigm Training Center), 4-0
Carlos Soto (Team Impact Indiana) submission Shaun W. Scott (Team Palay), 0:32
Andrew Mostowa (Moorpark) submission Scott Lanham (Paradigm Training Center), 1:27
Carlos Soto (Team Impact Indiana) submission Scott Lanham (Paradigm Training Center)
Andrew Mostowa (Moorpark) dec. Shaun W. Scott (Team Palay)

100 kg
1st – Hudson Taylor (Edge Hoboken)

Over 100 kg
1st - Brandon Ruiz (Edge MMA and Fitness)
2nd - Cory Lowe (Edge MMA and Fitness)
3rd - Gabe Beauperthuy (United Training Center)
4th - Jason Needham (United Training Center)
Round robin bouts
Brandon Ruiz (Edge MMA and Fitness) dec. Jason Needham (United Training Center), 5-0
Cory Lowe (Edge MMA and Fitness) dec. Gabe Beauperthuy (United Training Center), 3-3
Gabe Beauperthuy (United Training Center) submission Jason Needham (United Training Center), 3:22
Brandon Ruiz (Edge MMA and Fitness) dec. Cory Lowe (Edge MMA and Fitness), 7-2
Brandon Ruiz (Edge MMA and Fitness) dec. Gabe Beauperthuy (United Training Center)
Cory Lowe (Edge MMA and Fitness) dec. Jason Needham (United Training Center)

Women’s Gi Grappling

53 kg
1st – Lisa Ward (United Training Center)

58 kg
1st - Breanna Stikkelman (United Training Center/Simi Valley)
2nd - Ireland Moran (Grindhouse),
3rd - Jessica Phillippus (United Training Center)
4th - Kelli Rasmussen (Minnesota Storm)
Jessica Phillippus (United Training Center) submission Kelli Rasmussen (Minnesota Storm), 0:58
Breanna Stikkelman (UTC/Simi Valley) submission Ireland Moran (Grindhouse),3:52
Ireland Moran (Grindhouse) submission Jessica Phillippus (United Training Center), 3:47
Breanna Stikkelman (UTC/Simi Valley) default over Kelli Rasmussen (Minnesota Storm)
Ireland Moran (Grindhouse) default Kelli Rasmussen (Minnesota Storm)
Breanna Stikkelman (UTC/Simi Valley) submission Jessica Phillippus (United Training Center)

71kg+
1st – Laree Callihan (United Training Center)

U.S. GRAPPLING CUP
1. (tie) Edge MMA and Fitness, 40 pts.
1. (tie) United Training Center, 40 pts.

U.S. MILITARY CUP
1. U.S. Army’
2. U.S. Marines
3. U.S. Navy