U.S. Veterans Grapplers pose with their Gi medals. (left to right) Jeff Anderson, Rich Tado, Gabe Beauperthuy and Michael Kelly. Photo courtesy of Rich Tado.
BAKU Azerbaijan – After a phenomenal performance yesterday in No-Gi, earning four gold medals, the U.S. contingent at the Veterans Grappling World Championships continued their success in Gi. The four-man group brought home three more golds and a bronze.
Michael Kelly (Hebron, Ill.) defeated two Azerbaijanis, Zaur Ashumov, 6-1, and Zaur Mediyev, 2-1, to claim his second World title in as many days in the 41-45 age division at 84 kg.
In the 100 kg+ weight class in the 41-45 age division, Gabe Beauperthuy (Colorado Springs Colo.) earned his gold with a 4-2 decision over Manuel Basco Martinez of Spain. This marks Beauperthuy’s eighth Veterans World Grappling gold medal.
Jeff Anderson (Zeeland, Mich.) received a forfeit to claim the title at 100 kg in the 51-55 age division. It is his fifth Veterans World Grappling gold.
Rich Tado (Fox River Grove, Ill.) took bronze at 77 kg in the 51-55 age division. He dropped his bout to Albertas Kaseta of Lithuania, 1-0, in overtime.
VETERANS GRAPPLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Baku, Azerbaijan, November 8
U.S. Veterans 41-45 years Gi results
84 kg – Michael Kelly, Hebron, Ill., gold medal
WIN Zaur Ashumov (Azerbaijan), 6-1
WIN Zaur Mehdiyev (Azerbaijan), 2-1
100kg+ - Gabe Beauperthuy, Colorado Springs, Colo., gold medal
WIN Manuel Basco Martinez (Spain), 4-2
U.S. Veterans 51-55 years No-Gi results
77 kg - Rich Tado, Fox River Grove, Ill., bronze medal
LOSS Albertas Kaseta (Lithuania), 1-0, overtime
100 kg - Jeff Anderson, Zeeland, Mich., gold medal