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CAMACHO WINS BIG AT MARIANAS OPEN

Frank “The Crank” won big Saturday getting the brown belt title as well as a $1000 cash prize at the Marianas Open at the FD Phoenix Center.

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By Jeff Ochavillo

Guam’s premier jiu-jitsu tournament, The 2014 Marianas Open, took over the FD Phoenix Center all-day Saturday with Guam’s best BBJ practitioners, and others who made it their first time ever to compete, showing off their skills after years of hard work on the mats versus many others from various local gyms.

The star of the day is so stranger to the sports world of BBJ and MMA spotlight here on Guam, as Frank “The Crank” Camacho won the gold for the absolute brown division that came with the $1000 prize after nearly missing the tournament’s registration deadline, again.

“I barely made the registration. But my love for competition wasn’t going to let a small deadline stop me,” stated Camacho.

Frank “The Crank” Camacho was one person away from winning the gold and Josh Santos stood in his way. After a series of grappling and arm bars, Frank “The Crank” was going for his half guard Kimura but could not quite get the hold. He eventually was able to reach in the end in the as he “cranked” it just right for Meno to tap out, getting him the win and the $1000 prize.

Camacho started the competition with only one eye as the other was covered in a band. In his last fight in PXC 42, he got a cut on his right eye that needed 5 to 6 stitches. He wasn’t going to let some cut prevent him coming and rather go “Rambo style.” He came ecstatic and ready to compete as if nothing actually happened.

He was very grateful in the end thanking everyone from his sponsors and people that supported him. He gave thanks to those who opened the entire tournament saying, “It’s not for the money but for giving back to the martial arts and jujitsu community and allowing it to grow and wouldn’t be possible without competition.”

Marianas Open 2014 Overall Results: Academies Adult Division Results:

1) Purebred 2) Spike 22 3) Vida

Athletes Results by Category:

White 130 —Under

  1. 1)  Lorenzo Attao – (GB)
  2. 2)  Ken Velazquez – (22)
  3. 3)  Gerard Quichocho – (PB)

White 131-145

  1. 1)  Joshua Honculada – (PB)
  2. 2)  Brandon Garcia – (22)
  3. 3)  Ethan Aguigui – (GB)

White 146-160

  1. 1)  Shane Alvarez – (22)
  2. 2)  Jarid Pangelinan – (22)
  3. 3)  Lester Mariano – (FG)

White 161-175

  1. 1)  Jose Ramirez – (GB)
  2. 2)  Kimo Lizama – (GB)
  3. 3)  Rodney Kidd – (PB)

White 176-190

  1. 1)  Marvin Flores – (VD)
  2. 2)  Mario Espinoza – (VD)
  3. 3)  Jason Cruz – (FG)

White 191-205

  1. 1)  Roderick Casas – (PB)
  2. 2)  Preston Paradis – (PB)
  3. 3)  James Rego – (GB)

White 206 – Above

  1. 1)  Michael Atoigue – (PB)
  2. 2)  Benny Manglona – (GB)
  3. 3)  Dylan Ada – (GB)

Blue 130-Under

  1. 1)  Ray Paul Jardon – (PB)
  2. 2)  Robert Shawl – (FG)
  3. 3)  Daniel Cayanan – (PB)

Blue 130-Under

  1. 1)  Joseph Camacho – (22)
  2. 2)  Cameron Mantanona – (PB)
  3. 3)  Johnathan San Nicholas – (GB)

Blue 146-160

  1. 1)  Anthony Cruz – (CG)
  2. 2)  Roman Alvarez – (22)
  3. 3)  Oliver Cruz – (PB)

Blue 161-175

  1. 1)  PJ Francisco – (FG)
  2. 2)  Mark Magpusao – (CG)
  3. 3)  Jade Blas – (PB)

Blue 176-190

  1. 1)  Christopher Nenedog – (PB)
  2. 2)  Chris Huckabee – (CG)
  3. 3)  Dan Velten – (22)

Blue 191-205

  1. 1)  Anthony Limtiaco – (CG)
  2. 2)  Mark Smith – (PB)

Blue 206-Above

  1. 1)  Erik Flores – (VD)
  2. 2)  Delshawn Threatt –(CG)
  3. 3)  Antonio Quichocho – (PB)

Purple Small

  1. 1)  John Meno – (UA)
  2. 2)  Trevin Jones – (VD)
  3. 3)  Kevin Jones – (CG)

Purple Medium

  1. 1)  Nate Santos – (VD)
  2. 2)  Drew Palomo – (VD)
  3. 3)  Jacob Terlaje – (CG)

Purple Large

  1. 1)  Alan Cepeda – (PB)
  2. 2)  Carl Wilson – (VD)

3) Ruben Rivas – (FG)

Women Absolute

  1. 1)  Jayronne Gandaoli – (PB)
  2. 2)  Brogan Walker – (PB)
  3. 3)  Rebecca Tomada – (PB)
  4. 4)  JA Taitano – (CG)

Brown Absolute

Winner – Frank Camacho – (PB)

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Frank “The Crank” Camacho gets the submission victory over Josh Meno in the Brown belt gold medal match. (GSPN photo)

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John Meno (bottom) gets a reversal on Trevin Jones during their gold medal match. (GSPN photo)

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John Meno (black) and Trevin Jones (blue) meet at the center of the mat to get their match started. (GSPN photo)

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Drew Palomo dominates David Harris in the Purple belt division. (GSPN photo)

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John Meno slaps on the triangle choke on Kevin Cruz in the purple belt small division. (GSPN photo)

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