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Arena Athletes Compete at ADCC Trials

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This past weekend, from April 2nd-3rd, The Arena had a number of competitors attend ADCC’s West Coast Trials in Las Vegas. ADCCs is considered the most prestigious grappling event on the planet and ADCC’s West Coast Trials are notoriously difficult in terms of competition. Marilyn Cruz, Bobby Winther, Hyun Whyte, Mario Esquivies, Ivan Herrera, and Zak Stepniewski all represented The Arena in Las Vegas as they tested themselves against some of the world’s best grapplers.

Marilyn Cruz had a dominant showing in the women’s 60kg division, making it to the round of 16 out of 68 competitors. Marilyn ended up losing to Jazabel Cruz just prior to the quarter finals. 

Bobby Winther put on an impressive display against many higher belts in the 77kg division as he made it to the round of 32 out of 256 competitors. Bobby was knocked out of the tournament by the eventual winner, William Tackett. 

Hyun Whyte won his first round in the 77kg division by score before being knocked out of the tournament in the second round. 

Mario Esquivies made it past the first round of the 66kg division by submitting his opponent Jonathon Arlas. Esquivies then lost in round two on score. 

Ivan Herrera competed in the 77kg division where he was out scored in the second round by Matt Kopra. 

Zak Stepniewski competed in the 77kg division as well where he was submitted after a hard-fought match in round one. 

The full bracket of results can be found at the following link:

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