Team Savage dominate SW tournament

Marc Aplin and Alex Owen.

Marc Aplin and Alex Owen. - Credit: Archant

Team Savage fighters capture titles at the South West Submission Grappling tournament.

THE South West Submission Grappling tournament returned to Weston for the first time in two years.

Held at the Team Savage Academy, local practitioners of judo, wrestling, jiujitsu and mixed martial arts were invited to compete in their respective weight categories for a chance to win the title of champion in their weight class and prizes from sponsors BSX-Nutrition.

A match is won by submitting your opponent through a joint lock or choke within the four minute time. The tournament, run by ex-Cage Rage champion Alex Owen, is one of the country’s only events that requires a submission for a win.

Numerous local gyms were in attendance - students from Ian Rossiter’s gym (who train out of Sweat FA) and Steve Keen’s MMA Academy, all put in good showings.

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Team Savage’s Marc Aplin was able to submit five out of six of his opponents and draw with the remaining one, earning the title in the 70-75kg division.

Scott Vowles used a good combination of speed and strength to win the tough 60-65kg division and Shawn Luther, after narrowly missing out in the 75-80kg category, won the open weight tournament.

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One of Team Savage’s coaches said: “A number of our fighters are competing in professional mixed martial arts bouts over the coming months, gaining good experience.”

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