American Eagle MMA Students Fare Well in Grappling Contest
- Name: American Eagle MMA
- School or league: The Good Fight Grappling & BJJ
- Team: American Eagle Fight Team
- Award: The NY Open Championships
The Resurrection of American Eagle MMA Grapplers: On this past Super Bowl Weekend, the return of the NY Football Giants to the Big Show wasn’t the only sports news in North Jersey. The recently reassembled Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ based American Eagle MMA Fight Team, headed by Master Trainer & 8th Degree Black Belt Phil Ross, entered five students at The Good Fight’s New York Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling tournament on Saturday, February 4th. It’s been over two years since AEMMA has fielded a Competition Submission Fighting Team and for all but two, it was their first time ever on the mat.
All five students showed great promise and tenacity. 10 year old competitor Rebecca Foody of West Milford, despite competing in the teenage division, took a third place. She lost to the First Place Winner via referee’s decision after battling to a 4 – 4 tie. Other Place winners were Joey Nicoletti of Saddle River, Second Place, Men’s 212 lbs. and Mahwah’s Zach Marvin earned a Third Place in the Men’s 228 lb weight class. Other Competitors that did not place, but fought very well were Dave Ferrazzano of Ridgewood and John Bolkema of Mahwah. John, in his first match ever won via submission, but then lost to the eventual champion. Most of the students have been training in Submission Fighting for three month or less.
The Team’s “Fighter of the Tourney” Award goes to Zach Marvin for his gut-wrenching performance and comeback from a controversial semi-final loss to place third in the Men’s Heavyweight Division.
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