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On April 11th in Lowell, Arkansas USA Combat Wrestling held the first ever Team Trial. After an incredible day of wrestling, only the toughest survived their brackets to make it to the finals; where our inaugural National Combat Wrestling Men’s Team was selected. Nobody got a free pass. The team is truly national in its representation; and elite in its skill set! Our 2015 Men’s U.S. Combat Wrestling Team includes:

100kg - Kevin Sniff. Westside MMA, Little Rock,  Arkansas

90kg - Anthony Sansonetti. Team Renegade, Levittown, New York

82kg - Morgan Bracken. Criqui BJJ, Topeka, Kansas

74kg - Roli Delgado. Westside MMA, Little Rock, Arkansas

68kg - Denny Lenormand. NOLA BJJ/Rdojo, New Orleans, Louisiana

Head Coach - Stephen Koepfer, New York, New York

Assistant Coach - Timothy Kuth, Lowell, Arkansas

Then, on August 22nd, Team USA rocked the worlds in Varna, Bulgaria as the only team out of 13 countries in when every team member placed! Five athletes, five medals! We could not be more proud!

100kg Men. Kevin Sniff, World Bronze Medalist.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Before moving to Arkansas for college, where Kevin began training under BJJ coach Roli Delgado, he wrestled through 4 years of high school in his native Guam; achieving team captain status in his senior year. In 2005 Kevin continued his training under Delgado and Matt Hamilton at Westside MMA. In 2006, Kevin moved to Las Vegas and trained under Marc Laimon before returning home to Westside a year later. In 2008 he also began training under Billy Robinson who began coaching Catch Wrestling at Westside. In 2009 Kevin moved to Ukraine with the Peace Corp and began to train at Chernihiv Club of Combat Sambo under Sergey Viktorovich Petrikey. After completing his duties with the Peace Corp, Kevin returned to Westside MMA in 2012, where he trains and teaches today. Since 2005 Kevin has won NAGA and Grappler’s Quest tournaments, amassed an 11-1 amateur MMA record and 2-1 professional MMA record.

82kg Men. Morgan Bracken, World Bronze Medalist. Topeka, Kansas

Morgan trains MMA and BJJ out of Criqui BJJ in Topeka. As a mixed martial artist Morgan has amassed a 7-3 professional and 8-3 amateur record. All 15 of his wins were finishes, the majority of which were submissions. He came to the U.S. Trials “hoping to win at least a match” and won the entire division with three straight submissions. By day Morgan is a Topeka police officer and supplements his BJJ with defensive tactics, Sambo and Judo training under Timothy Kuth.

74kg Men. Roli Delgado, World Silver Medalist.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Roli is a 2nd degree BJJ Black Belt with GFTeam out of Westside MMA. He began cross training in other grappling arts just after receiving his Black Belt in BJJ.  Roli is a level 5 in Gokor Chivichyan’s Hayastan System. Additionally, Roli had the pleasure of training with Billy Robinson for 5 years at Westside MMA.  He is known as a specialist on applying Catch Wrestling and Sambo style finishing moves in BJJ; with instructional APPs for both Apple and Android products called Legal Leg Locks for Brazilian Jiujitsu.  In MMA Roli has had some great opportunities such as being a contestant on Season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, winning a fight in the UFC and Bellator. As an MMA fighter, Roli has amassed an 11-6-1 record. Since 2011 Roli has focused primarily on grappling competition; winning many smaller tournaments and medaling in 3 Black Belt IBJJF events. He has competed in and won a super fight in the Respect Professional Grappling show earlier this year.  

68kg Men. Denny Lenormand, World Champion

New Orleans, Louisiana

Denny began studying the submission wrestling arts in the summer of 2010. Prior to his martial arts training he was, and still is, a professional break dancer. Break dancing, dynamic by nature, aids and attributes to his flexibility, balance, and dynamic style. Taken under the mentorship by Rdojo founder and accomplished sambist/grappler Reilly Bobycomb in 2011, Bodycomb mentored him in dynamic grappling methods and intricate leg attacks. Denny is also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under black belt Matthias Meister of NOLA BJJ. In addition to winning the U.S. Combat Wrestling Team Trial with 2 submissions in under one minute’s time, Denny has also won both the 2014 & 2015 Arnold Classic Sambo Championship,  

2014 NAGA No-gi Expert 149lbs division (Birmingham, AL) and 2013 NAGA No-gi Expert 149lbs division (Atlanta).

2015 World Championships Results

90kg Men. Anthony Sansonetti, World Silver Medalist.

Levittown, New York

Anthony has been training martial arts for over 30 years including, but not limited to, Kempo, JiuJitsu, Sambo, Judo, BJJ, Catch Wrestling and Muay Thai. His long list of accomplishments includes:

- 2-0 muay thai record

- 2005 Arnold Classic MMA Tournament Silver Medallist

- 2010 British Sambo Championships Gold Medal

- 2011 Dutch Sambo Championships Silver Medal

- 2011 US Open Sambo Championships Bronze Medal

- 2011 Paris Sambo Open semi-finalist

- 2013 Arnold Classic Sambo Championship Gold Medal

- 2013 USA Sambo Open Gold Medal

- 2013 British Open Sambo Championships Gold Medal

- 2013 Liberty Bell King of Catch open weigh Gold Medal

- 2013 East Coast King Of Catch Gold Medal

- 2013 ASA North American Freestyle Sambo Championship Silver Medal

- 2013 ISWA Carpentier Catch Wrestling Championships Silver Medal

- 2014 USA Sambo Nationals Silver Medal

2015 U.S. Team Trial Full Results