On April 3, 2022 Las Vegas Nevada hosted the ADCC West Coast trials, hitting a historical record with over 1000 athletes participating in the event.
A thousand athletes fought their way to top, trying to win one of the seven spots to compete in the Olympics Of Grappling – the ADCC World Championship – in September this year.
With every weight class having nearly 250+ competitors, the event was a blast and clearly demonstrates the growth of Jiu Jitsu in the USA. Celebrity competitors fought alongside several teenagers and blue belts, who showed that they could compete with the world’s best.
Men’s -66 kg Overview
Without a doubt the most fun to watch division of the event was the men’s -66 kg division, which was stacked with top tier talent. Two athletes stood out with their aggressive styles, with Keith Krikorian and Josh Cisneros hitting a total of 8 submissions between them on their way to the final where Krikorian secured a heel hook on Cisneros to win the division.
Men’s -66 Quarter Finals
Gianni Grippo defeats Deandre Corbe by points
Keith Krikorian defeats Mauricio Gomez by inside heel hook
Damian Anderson defeats Andrew Tackett by penalty
Josh Cisneros defeats Gavin Cobre by armbar
Men’s -66 Semi Finals
Keith Krikorian defeats Damian Anderson by points
Josh Cisneros defeats Gianni Grippo by kneebar from the back
Men’s -66 3rd Place
Damian Anderson takes bronze as Grippo was unable to compete due to injury
Men’s -66 Final
Keith Krikorian defeats Josh Cisneros by inside heel hook
Men’s -77 kg Overview
The men’s -77 kg division was likewise stacked with a lot of high level competitors and several grappling vets, including Magid Hage, Pierre Leclerc, Kieran Kichuk, John Combs, AJ Agazarm, Kody Steele, and many more.
In the end two of the most exciting up and coming athletes from the US stole the show: 10th Planet’s Andy Valera, who took out two of his teammates PJ Brach and Alan Sanchez, and William Tackett from Brazilian Factory.
Men’s -77 Quarter Finals
William Tackett defeats Jonathan Satava by reverse triangle
Chris Wojcik defeats Kieran Kichuk by penalty
PJ Brach defeats AJ Agazarm by RNC
Andy Valera defeats Alan Sanchez by penalty
Men’s -77 Semi Finals
William Tackett defeats Chris Wojcik by points
Andy Valera defeats PJ Brach by decision
Men’s -77 3rd Place
PJ Brach defeats Chris Wojcik by points
Men’s -77 Final
William Tackett defeats Andy Valera by points
Men’s -88 kg Overview
The 88 kg division was not as loaded with familiar names like the previous weight classes but still shined with a lot of fresh talent.
On the one side of the bracket the young blue belt from B- Team Jacob Rodriguez, brother of ADCC 2019 Silver Medalist Nick Rodriguez, proved that he has the perfect style for the ADCC ruleset by mixing his fast takedowns with very good back takes to go all the way to the final.
On the other side of the bracket, freshly promoted Black Belt Hunter Colvin submitted all six of his opponents to reach the division final.
In the final Colvin started on bottom by pulling guard and almost secured a sweep and a pass but was countered with a buggy choke from Jay Rod and was forced to tap.
Men’s -88 Quarter Finals
Mike Crisp defeats Harrison Woods by points
Jacob Rodriguez defeats Adam Bradley by RNC
Hunter Colvin defeats Ryan Aitken by points
David Garmo def Jason Rau by Darce choke
Men’s -88 Semi Finals
Hunter Colvin defeats David Garmo by RNC
Jacob Rodriguez defeats Mike Crisp by RNC
Men’s -88 3rd Place
Mike Crisp defeats David Garmo by ankle lock
Men’s -88 Final
Jacob Rodriguez defeats Hunter Colvin by buggy choke
Men’s -99 kg Overview
This division saw an unexpected contender take gold, with Paul Ardila defying most predictions as he submitted five of his six opponents on his way to the top.
Although a very good wrestler, Paul proved his guard skills by submitting his opponents several times from his back or using his guard to wrestle up to secure points.
Men’s -99 Quarter Finals
Devonte Johnson defeats Steffan Banta by points
Mario Gonzalez defeats Cole Brandt by points
Elder Cruz defeats Adrian Nez by points
Paul Ardila defeats Stephen Martinez by decision
Men’s -99 Semi Finals
Mario Gonzalez defeats Devonte Johnson by by decision
Paul Ardila defeats Elder Cruz by inside heel hook
Men’s -99 3rd Place
Devonte Johnson took 3rd place as Elder Cruz forfeited
Men’s -99 Finals
Paul Ardila defeats Mario Gonzalez by inside heel hook
Men’s +99kg Overview
For the second time in the evening a blue belt reached the final of the West Coast Trials. New Wave’s Daniel Manasoui proved to everyone that he was not only the typical “strong guy” because of his very large body type.
He showed good knowledge of technique and an understanding of the rule set mixed with excellent movement – he’s definitely an athlete to keep your eyes on in the future.
On the other side of the bracket 10th Planet veteran Kyle Boehem crushed his way to the final of the division, with his only challenge to claim the gold being Manasoui.
Men’s +99 Quarter Finals
Kyle Boehm defeats Lucas Albertcht by outside heel hook
Damon Ramos defeats Javier Gonzalez by penalty
Daniel Manasoui defeats Michael Pezzuto by inside heel hook
Raymond Grandy defeats Brandon Williamson by penalty
Men’s +99 Semi Finals
Daniel Manasoui defeats Damon Ramos by inside heel hook
Kyle Boehm defeats Raymond Grandy by outside heel hook
Men’s +99 3rd place
Raymond Grandy took 3rd place as Damon Ramos forfeited
Men’s +99 Finals
Kyle Boehm defeats Daniel Manasoui by penalty
Women’s -60 kg
The ADCC West Coast Trials showed the huge growth of the female divisions in the US. The numbers and the quality of the athletes was really impressive.
Canada’s Brianna Ste. Marie had the most impressive performance as she ran through her division on the way to the gold.
Women’s -60 Quarter Finals
Brianna Ste. Marie defeats Raquel Canuto by armbar
Natalie Ribeiro defeats Jazibel Vega by inside heel hook
Jasmine Rocha defeats Alex Eriquez by decision
Amanda Bruse defeats Tammi Musumeci by points
Women’s -60 Semi Finals
Brianna Ste.Marie defeats Nathalie Ribeiro by decision
Jasmine Rocha defeats Amanda Bruse by decision
Women’s -60 3rd place
Nathalie Ribeiro defeats Amanda Bruse by points
Women’s -60 Finals
Brianna Ste.Marie defeats Jasmine Rocha by points
Women’s +60 kg
In the Female +60 kg division Amy Campo from Zenith made an incredible Black Belt debut by taking down two of the division’s favorites. Campo defeated Maggie Grindatti with a beautiful americana from the mount and Elizabeth Clay by 13 points lead.
In the final Campo took the gold with a devastating quick kneebar against Paige Ivette.
Women’s +66 Quarter Finals
Amy Campo defeats Maggi Grindatti by americana
Elizabeth Clay defeats Helena Crevar by kneebar
Paige Ivette defeats Britney Olinda by armbar
Tara White defeats Britney Johnson by kimura
Women’s +66 Semifinal
Amy Campo defeats Elizabeth Clay by points
Paige Ivette defeats Tara White by kneebar
Women’s +66 3rd place
Elizabeth Clay took 3rd place as White forfeited
Women’s +66 Finals
Amy Campos defeats Paige Ivette by kneebar
I am black belt under Bruno Bastos and I am very passionate about Jiu Jitsu. I do the sport for 13 years. Now I am an owner and head coach at one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu academies in Bulgaria and still an active competitor.