Coach Stephan Wins 2016 Combat Wrestling World Championship
“Proud to say I got first in my division (74kg 35+) at the Combat Wrestling World Championship.”
After placing 2nd in the Adults 74kg division at the US Combat Wrestling National Championship in Arkansas, Bay Jiu-Jitsu Coach Stephan Goyne qualified to represent the United States of America at the World Championship in Hungary in the Masters division, held earlier this month. Coach Stephan defeated opponents from Serbia and Hungary to secure the gold in his division and a bronze in the open weight.
Coach Stephan had been training hard with Coach Reilly in preparation for both the National and World Combat Wrestling Championships, and it was worth it. After qualifying for Worlds, Coach Stephan was one of the seven Americans proud to represent the USA at the Hungarian 2nd Annual Combat Wrestling World Championships earlier this month. See the full USA team here.
At Worlds, Coach Stephan won 1st place in the 74kg 35+ Masters division with a slick victor roll knee bar submission. Unfortunately he only had one match because his other opponent was a Hungarian police officer that was held up with a last minute situation on the Serbian border. Coach Stephan also tied for 3rd in the open weight division with a rear-naked choke submission. After the rear-naked choke, Coach Stephan bowed out to fellow US teammate Craig Chiles so that Craig could go on to the open weight finals and fight one of the best and most controversial matches of the tourney, helping team USA win first place overall.
Coach Stephan sends a huge thanks to Stephen Koepfer and Timothy Kuth for their coaching and for leading the US team to victory. He also sends thanks to all of his training partners at Bay Jiu-Jitsu for helping him prepare, and specifically Coach Reilly Bodycomb, Coach Travis Magalit, and Coach Yukito Isoda.
Check out the video below for the victor roll knee bar that earned Coach Stephan the gold.
“Nailed a victorroll kneebar after about a minute. Thanks Reilly Bodycomb for showing me this sweet move as an offensive set up.”
Coach Stephan believes that his experience training and competing in combat wrestling has impacted and improved his jiu-jitsu game. He is now applying his favorite learnings in his upcoming classes at Bay Jiu-Jitsu. Be sure to check out one of his classes soon to learn learn his new stuff! See Coach Stephan’s upcoming classes.