The Championship round is for all the glory, a trophy, a Sig Sauer P226 pistol and best of all, becoming the best combatives fighter in the U.S. Army. The 16 soldiers who’ve made it to the final round have fought their way through a very large and difficult tournament to become the best.
The winners are:
Bantam Weight: by split decision — lots of good wrestling technique in this fight
1st David Mason, III Corps
2nd Sean Stebbins, Minnesota National Guard
Fly Weight: by split decision — the ground game was key to the win
1st Francisco Mercado, Fort Bragg, N.C.
2nd Erik Cabal-Garibay, Minnesota National Guard
Light Weight: by disqualification — Chitwood stomped Brown’s face as he was getting up with less than 10 seconds to go. Chitwood was sure to win otherwise.
1st Donnie Brown, Fort Campbell, Ky.
2nd Neil Chitwood, 4th Infantry Division
Welter Weight: by submission — guillotine choke hold 2-2.5 minutes into the fight
1st Marquis Daniels, Fort Drum, N.Y.
2nd Trey Robbins, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Middleweight: by referee decision — Anderson had Chappelle mounted delivering heavy blows to the head; very exciting stand up throughout the fight
1st Jon Anderson, MCOE, Fort Benning, Ga.
2nd Andrew Chappelle, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Cruiser Weight: by unanimous decision — great fight with striking, high kicks and ground game
1st Jason Norwood, Fort Sill, Okla.
2nd Jacob South, 95th Infantry Division
L Heavy Weight: by submission — arm bar in the first round
1st Jason Eggelston, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
2nd Brandon Wallace, Military District of Washington
Heavy Weight: by ref decision — Jackson was mounted on Collins and pounding away, Collins was face-down; these two huge dudes shook the house whenever there was a takedown.
1st Aaron Jackson, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
2nd Ngozi Collins, 27th Infantry
The Foot Hood team took the Tournament Trophy home with over 400 points.