Team Quest grapplers impress at 2015 Oregon Open
Liberty High School was the host for this years Oregon Open Jiu Jitsu & No Gi submission wrestling tournament. Several Team Quest members of all ages and skill levels went out to Hillsboro to compete in this years tournament. Members from our kids martial arts program, youth mma program, adult martial arts program and even a few of our coaches got on the mat to show their grappling skills.
Parents, coaches and staff members from Team Quest also came out to spectate and cheer on the grapplers as they competed. Win, lose or draw the Team Quest support from the crowd was loud and proud for all of the competitors at the Oregon Open.
One of the newest Team Quest members, with just under a month of submission wrestling training, managed to win a silver medal in his division, narrowly losing in the final by a single advantage point. Having had prior experience in some high school wrestling, Gage Hernandez is used to being on the mat in a high school gymnasium. This however, was his first tournament with submissions, chokes and joint locks. After committing to training for a few hours each week in our submission wrestling classes, Gage managed to land up on the podium to receive his silver medal.
CJ, Burgess, Robert, Mateo & Jonathan from the Team Quest youth mma program all produced medals this weekend and all showed tremendous focus, determination and skill in their matches. Robert managed to win all of his matches and take home the gold, winning all of his matches by key lock. CJ (7 years old) after winning gold in his division, started to cry because he made his opponent upset. He went over after and encouraged his counter part with some words of encouragement and a few tips on how to beat him for the next tournament. Too cute.
One of Team Quest's rising stars and aptly named "Young Gun" Keaneo Moyer also showed impressive skills and managed to win his division with 3 straight wins. Keaneo has been training at Team Quest for the last 4 years, training with the teen and adult classes showing great work ethic and tremendous heart. Moyer's hard work is starting to pay off and his ability continues to grow as he spends more time on the training mat with his team mates who help him get stronger and faster. Keep an eye out for this young gun as he starts to make his climb towards the MMA rankings.
Pro MMA fighter and Team Quest coach Kody Kramer also managed to win Gold in the advanced division for his weight class, defeating some tough opponents from all over the greater Portland area. Brad Hannah and Arlo Harvey also competed in the tournament and displayed solid takedowns and submission attempts, representing Team Quest with some good wins and tenacious matches in tough divisions.
We are extremely proud of all the Team Quest members who went out to compete at the 2015 Oregon Open. Keep up the great work! 1-2-3 Team Quest!