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    2019 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament tests hand-to-hand combat skills

    2019 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament

    Photo By Staff Sgt. George Davis | Participants compete in the 2019 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament Sept....... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. George Davis 

    Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

    Participants in this year’s Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament got a special visit from the founder of the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP).

    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter welcomed over 65 competitors this year’s tournament, conducted Sept 14 at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory, home to Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio. It was an exciting opportunity for Ohio’s fighters to display their fighting prowess for the Soldier who developed the program years ago.

    “I love to see the competition,” Ferriter said. “I love to see the technique and athleticism and especially the determination of these young men and women.”

    Since its inception, the program has remained an important part of the U.S. Army warfighting doctrine and has been embraced with enthusiasm by the Ohio Army National Guard.

    “Last year I got silver in the lightweight category,” said Cadet Samantha Hawkins, who is attached to Company C, 837th Engineer Battalion in Columbus. “This year I lost my first bout by points, won my second by submission and lost my third again by points. But I did not tap out.”

    The competition was held in six weight classes and was conducted in a double-elimination format. There were many returning fighters, as well as some first-time competitors. The Ohio Army National Guard maintains an active MACP and the tournament was officiated by the state’s cadre of certified MACP trainers and master trainers.

    As the tournament is limited to currently serving Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, Ferriter was not eligible to compete. But that did not stop him from getting on the warm-up mats and rolling with several of the competitors, providing some tips before their bouts.

    “I’m really proud to be here today,” he said. “I’m really proud of the Ohio National Guard and its very organized program of training, culminating in a very well-organized tournament.”


    2019 OHIO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COMBATIVES TOURNAMENT RESULTS (Sept. 14, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory, Columbus, Ohio)

    Lightweight division (males 140 lbs. and under; females 150 lbs. and under):

    Rank/Name: Sgt. Martin Cruz
    Unit: Company B, 837th Engineer Battalion, St. Marys
    Hometown: Cleveland

    Rank/Name: Spc. Michael Nemeth
    Unit: 324th Military Police Company, Middletown
    Hometown: Lebanon

    Rank/Name: Capt. Courtney Sheehy
    Unit: Headquarters, 73rd Troop Command, Columbus
    Hometown: Painesville

    Welterweight division (males 141-155 lbs.; females 151-166 lbs.):

    Rank/Name: Spc. Anthony Skulina*
    Unit: 296th Engineer Detachment, Mansfield
    Hometown: Streetsboro

    Rank/Name: 1st Lt. Isaac Bray
    Unit: Company E, 237th Support Battalion, Springfield
    Hometown: Wilmington

    Rank/Name: Cpl. Raymond Ewert
    Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Columbus
    Hometown: Olmstead Falls

    Middleweight division: (males 156-170 lbs.; females 167-182 lbs.):

    Rank/Name: Capt. Jonas Bray
    Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Columbus
    Hometown: Wilmington

    Rank/Name: Staff Sgt. Christopher Kervick
    Unit: 180th Fighter Wing, Swanton
    Hometown: Columbus

    Rank/Name: Spc. Richard Palmer
    Unit: Company A, 237th Support Battalion, Cleveland
    Hometown: Warren

    Cruiserweight division: (171-185 lbs.; females 183-198 lbs.):

    Rank/Name: Spc. Grant Blumenthal
    Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, Walbridge
    Hometown: Twinsburg

    Rank/Name: Spc. Jeremiah Slagle
    Unit: 324th Military Police Company, Middletown
    Hometown: Sidney

    Rank/Name: Sgt. Robert Eleyet
    Unit: Company B, 837th Engineer Battalion, St. Marys
    Hometown: Bellefontaine

    Light heavyweight division: (186-205 lbs.; females 199-219 lbs.):

    Rank/Name: Spc. Nickolai Timbs
    Unit: 211th Maintenance Company, Newark
    Hometown: West Salem

    Rank/Name: Sgt. Mitchell Peck
    Unit: Battery A, 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment, Delaware
    Hometown: Delaware

    Rank/Name: Spc. Mark Poupard
    Unit: 811th Engineer Company, Amanda
    Hometown: Toledo

    Heavyweight division: (206 lbs. and up; females 220 lbs. and up):

    Rank/Name: Spc. Sean Dinan
    Unit: 838th Military Police Company, Youngstown
    Hometown: Wellsville

    Rank/Name: Spc. Brandon Long
    Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 155th Chemical Battalion, Kettering
    Hometown: St. Paris

    Rank/Name: Cpl. Dylan Williams
    Unit: Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 107th Cavalry Regiment
    Hometown: Brookville

    (*Denotes repeat champion)



    Date Taken: 09.25.2019
    Date Posted: 09.25.2019 18:28
    Story ID: 343697
    Location: COLUMBUS, OH, US 
    Hometown: COLUMBUS, OH, US
    Hometown: LEBANON, OH, US
    Hometown: MANSFIELD, OH, US
    Hometown: MIDDLETOWN, OH, US
    Hometown: PAINESVILLE, OH, US
    Hometown: SPRINGFIELD, OH, US
    Hometown: ST. MARYS, OH, US
    Hometown: STREETSBORO, OH, US
    Hometown: WILMINGTON, OH, US

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