Tap Cancer Out
On April 23rd 2016, Team Link North Adams traveled to Stratford, CT to the tournament known as Tap Cancer Out. Tap Cancer Out is a jiu jitsu based charity event designed to raise awareness and collect donations to support cancer-fighting patients and organizations. 11 competitors from Team Link North Adams participated in this tournament. Coach Chris Manley was up first in the men’s brown belt division. Chris took 3rd place for his division, and also managed to dislocate his pinky during a match. He stuck through the pain and fought hard to take home his bronze medal. Bryan Rahilly had an awesome match. He got a takedown, put up a great fight, and ended off one of his matches with sweeps to try and take the advantage. Brian Winchell competed in the master’s blue belt division, not to mention that he also moved up 3 weight classes from his original middleweight class. Brian took 2nd place and dedicated his awesome achievement to his father. Carl Dawson also competed in the blue belt division. He worked really hard, never gave up, and had an overall great competition day. Jay MacLean had an awesome day. He took 2nd place after submitting 3 opponents in the blue belt division. John Lescarbeau worked really hard and competed against some tough opponents, who were also some really big dudes.
Donnie Osier was the only purple belt to compete for Team Link NA that day. He fought hard, and had some great matches, not to mention a close triangle attempt and an armbar/triangle/armbar. Joe Broderick trained hard up until tournament day and had an awesome match. He escaped from a deep kimura that was sure to submit anyone else, but not Joe. He worked through it and got to escape. Finally, the women were up. After waiting all day to compete due to the women only having one mat to compete on, Alexis Rosasco was up first. Alexis finished in 3rd place after taking her first win and getting her first submission. She worked hard and did great overall. Up next was Rosalyn Lincoln. Rosalyn worked hard in her first match, but unfortunately was submitted by a cross collar choke. Finally, Kenzie Melski was up. She did great in her first match, and competed against Rosalyn in her second match. Both Kenzie and Rosalyn put up a great fight and stayed focused, but Kenzie’s strength and hard work up until tournament day won her the match against her teammate. She took 3rd place in the division and brought home a bronze medal to show all of her hard work.
Overall, it was a great day and everyone worked really hard to support an awesome event. Everyone raised money and collected donations to support Tap Cancer Out, trained hard, and competed even harder. Our next tournament is AMMO 2 Grappling in May, featuring a super fight between coach Chris Manley and Patrick Walsh. Let’s do this!