2018 Pan: Lo, Luiza claim open class titles; all black belt champions crowned
The 2018 IBJJF Pan championship is in the books. Leandro Lo and Luiza Monteiro finished the 4-day marathon with the bragging rights as adult black belt open class champions. Lo also won the heavyweight division. Luiza closed out the middleweight division with teammate Angélica Galvão, taking home the silver medal. Here is how each weight class played out.
With a 2-0 lead, Tomoyuki Hashimoto beat Koji Shibamoto to win the roosterweight division gold medal.
In a sweep battle, João Miyao beat Pablo Mantovani 6-4 to claim the light-featherweight title.
In a thrilling match, Gianni Grippo beat Shane Hill 4-2 on advantages after a 2-2 tie on points to secure the featherweight gold medal.
Atos JJ teammates Michael Liera Jr. and JT Torres closed out the lightweight division with Torres taking the title.
One advantage was enough for Gabriel Arges to beat Marcos Tinoco in the middleweight final.
In another Atos JJ closeout, Lucas Barbosa took the medium-heavyweight gold medal against Gustavo Batista.
Leandro Lo swept Tanner Rice once to win 2-0 and take the heavyweight title home.
Keenan Cornelius and Mahamed Aly put up a show in the Superheavy final. Keenan won by a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages to claim the gold medal.
In the ultraheavy division, João Gabriel Rocha caught Ricardo Evangelista with a armbar to take the gold medal home.
One sweep at the end of the match granted Leandro Lo a 2-0 lead over Guttemberg Pereira to secure the open class division title.
Female Black belt
In a heated and close match, Gezary Matuda beat Talita Alencar by referees decision after a 0-0 tie and claimed the light-featherweight gold medal.
In the featherweight final, Karen Antunes caught Jacqueline Amorim back to build a 4-0 lead and secure the title.
With a sweep to mount and then a back take, Bia Mesquita finished Jena Bishop with a choke to take home the gold medal in the lightweight division.
Angelica Galvão and Luiza Monteiro closed out the middleweight division with Angelica taking the gold medal.
Nathiely de Jesus outscored Carina Santi 8-6 in a match-long sweep exchange to win the medium-heavyweight title.
With one sweep, Maria Malyjasiak beat Yacinta Nguyen 2-0 to take the heavyweight title home.
Claudia Do Val caught Hillary Vanornum with an omoplata to claim the Superheavy title.
Luiza Monteiro is the open class champion after a closeout with Atos JJ teammate Bia Basilio.