Fightin’ Fifth wins combatives tourney Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Max Boyd, 354th MP Co., places Jesse Handy, 14th MP Bde., in a hold during the middleweight championship match of the 2017 Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament.
Max Boyd, 354th MP Co., places Jesse Handy, 14th MP Bde., in a hold during the middleweight championship match of the 2017 Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament.

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Kennard Ard, 5th Engr. Bn., accepts the 2017 Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament championship trophy from Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, USAG Fort Leonard Wood.
Kennard Ard, 5th Engr. Bn., accepts the 2017 Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament championship trophy from Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, USAG Fort Leonard Wood.
Story and photos by Matt Decker

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The 5th Engineer Battalion won the Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament for the third consecutive year, with six of its team members placing either first or second in the championship rounds Aug. 31 at Davidson Fitness Center.

“It was a team effort that we all focused on,” said Kennard Ard, a Modern Army Combatives Program instructor with the 5th Engr. Bn., who accepted the championship trophy from Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Orvis, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.
 
“We’ve got a lot of good scrappers out here,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Helt, the combatives master trainer for the MACP schoolhouse. 
 
The Commander’s Cup Combatives Tournament was open to all units on post, with participants earning points toward the overall Commander’s Cup series.

The tournament began with 32 competitors on Aug. 29 at DFC. First-round competition followed standard rules, allowing only wrestling-based moves with submissions.

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Referee David Huerta declares 5th Engr. Bn. fighter Rollinson Jackson the winner of the flyweight championship match over Ericka Kong-Martinez, 554th Engr. Bn.
On Aug. 30, competitors moved on to the intermediate-rules round, which allowed punches and kicks. With the competition narrowed down to 16 finalists by Aug. 31, competitors fought for the title of their respective weight classes in full-contact matches consisting of three, 5-minute rounds inside a tactical enclosure.

Two of the championship fights consisted of 5th Engr. Bn. teammates facing each other.

In the light heavyweight final, Eben Torres, 5th Engr. Bn., defeated Dakota Uplinger, 5th Engr. Bn., by submission in the first round.

Earlier, in the lightweight final, Tenzin Sherap, 5th Engr. Bn., earned a victory by decision over Adrian Jimenez, 5th Engr. Bn., after a grueling three rounds.

“I gave it my all, he gave it his all,” Sherap said. “It was a good fight. A big shout out to him — I didn’t think it was going to last all three rounds. My stand-up game was good, and I didn’t want to let him take me down — so that’s what I did.”
 
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