Guam fighters lead Art of War winners

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Posted on Jan 03 2019

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Guam’s Peter Carbullido, left, and Saipan’s Shane Alvarez wait for each other’s move during their finals match in the Gi purple belt absolute division of the Art of War 13: Submission Grappling Tournament held last Saturday at the Trench Tech Gym in Garapan. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Guam’s Peter Carbullido and Phoenix Cannon stood out in the Art of War 13: Submission Grappling Tournament held last Saturday at the Trench Tech Gym in Garapan.

Cannon prevailed in the Gi blue belt absolute class, which drew five participants. Cannon won in the finals against Saipan’s Franklin Santos. Paulo Sangalang, Giovonni Taitingfong, and Mark Nuique were the other entries in the blue belt absolute.

In the purple belt absolute finale, Carbullido forced Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez to submission. Completing the winners list in the Gi division was Gordon Salas, who defeated Kier Ada.

Meanwhile, Carbullido and Cannon also competed in the Gi division and were victorious, too.

Cannon was featured in the last finals match of the day—the heavyweight class (201 lbs and above)—and outclassed Agda. The win allowed Cannon to make up for his failed bid in the light heavyweight division (186 lbs to 200 lbs), which Agda earlier ruled after downing the Guam fighter and Shane Alvarez.

In the middleweight class (166 lbs to 185 lbs), Carbullido was the last man standing, beating Alvarez and five others.

Alvarez, after falling short in the Gi category, redeemed himself in the No Gi middleweight division. He survived the winner-take-all competition that also featured his father and event promoter, Cuki, Nuique, Salas, Sangalang, Ken Tanzawa, and Taitingfong.

Taitingfong earlier participated in the lightweight (100 lbs to 145 lbs) contest and won the division after beating Santos and Piling Terlaje.

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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