‘The Clinch’ gains twin wins in Art of War


Vince “The Clinch” Masga, second right, poses with other participants in last Saturday’s Art of War 12: Grappling Submission Fighting Challenge held at the Trench Tech Gym in Garapan. (Contributed Photo)

Vince “The Clinch” Masga led the winners list in Trench Tech’s Art of War 12: Grappling Submission Fighting Challenge after topping two categories of last Saturday’s competition at Trench Tech Gym in Garapan.

Masga first claimed the welterweight crown and later secured the heavyweight championship, too in the one-day tournament that had a winner-take-all format and awarded $50 cash to the victor.

In the featherweight competition, Giovanni Taitingfong was the last man standing, besting six other participants. In the lightweight, Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez came out victorious against seven other grapplers. Rounding out the roster of winners was Spike 22/Steel Athletics Guam’s Kenji Okiyama, who prevailed against seven other participants in the middleweight class.

Twenty individuals joined the Art of War 12, including the lone female participant—Seahara Cruz. Majority of the grapplers were entered into two to three weight classes and winners were decided on points (if no submission was made) at the end of the three-minute bout.

The Art of War 12 was Trench Tech’s last competition for 2017 and the MMA group has yet to make an announcement on its calendar of events for the new year. However, Trench Tech is expected to have the regular Rites of Passage and Trench Warz for 2018 and will continue having Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, and circuit training classes at its gym.

For more information, contact Cuki Alvarez at 783-4MMA.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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