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Updated: 07/24/2014 08:00:01AM

Local grapplers win medals in Orlando

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Tanya Downs won third place in a national grappling competition in Orlando this month.

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Clen Mayfield Jr. won second place at a national grappling tournament in Orlando.

By WARREN MARINO III

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The North American Grappling Association held its U.S. Open in Orlando on July 12. The association has more than 200,000 participants worldwide and is considered the ultimate submission grappling tournament. Fusco Full Circle Academy sent two students to compete in this national event.

Tanya Downs, a mother of two, secured a third place medal in the women’s masters division. Downs has had many accomplishments at the academy including losing 90 pounds, becoming a cage fitness instructor, and now a NAGA medalist. “Now I know what to expect and where I need to refocus my training — Lakeland, here I come,” Downs said.

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