It was another exciting weekend for Team Third Law, as the school’s BJJ competitors flew to Texas for their second out-of-state, international competition in just two weeks.
Brown belt and head instructor Master Roberto Torralbas brought home two medals for Team Lloyd Irvin, gold in his medium-heavy weight division and silver in the brown belt open weight.
Master Roberto had two competitors in his weight class, a Nova Uniao competitor he faced and defeated in Phoenix and a brown belt from Alliance.
Master Roberto faced the Alliance brown belt first, scoring 10 points on his opponent and winning the match.
After the competitor he defeated beat the other man in the division, Master Roberto faced the same opponent in the finals. This time he finished with a 30-second submission after shooting a triangle lock and grabbing an armbar.
Fellow Lloyd Irvin competitor Tye Murphy, of Crazy 88, also took home gold in his division, winning three matches at the blue belt middleweight.
The Naples BJJ school’s Katy Torralbas took home silver, facing the 2011 Pan American silver medalist in the finals at Blue Leve, losing 4-3. Caught in a triangle lock at the beginning of the match, Katy kept her composure and escaped. Her opponent scored with two reversals, but Katy took the top position and passed the guard.
Blue belts Joey Ruggiero and Joe Formica came up short in their quests for gold, but returned with matches to study, techniques to drill and motivation to get back to work on the mats.
Master Roberto took silver in the brown belt open, defeating the leve and super pesado gold medalists, Peter Runez and JJ Holmes.