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The Cellar Gym fight team had an incredible weekend at this year’s WAKO USA National Championships in Nashville, TN! We were very excited to bring 6 of our fighters to the tournament this year, and we finished the weekend with a record of 5 wins, 4 losses, and two new tournament gold medalists: Javier Huerta and Kailey Everett.

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Javier Huerta

Javier Huerta picked up a big win in the quarterfinals against a tall and strong opponent to advance to the semifinals on Saturday. In the semifinals, he showed excellent use of technique and angles to capture a unanimous decision victory! On Sunday in the finals, he put on a beautiful display of footwork, low kicks, and check-hooks to capture victory in the gold medal match! Both fighters were undefeated coming into the finals, and Javier dug deep to keep that streak alive. Great fights, Javier! Congratulations!

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Kailey Everett

Kailey made her kickboxing debut against a very strong opponent in the finals on Sunday and came away with the win! Kailey used many powerful low kicks and showed slick boxing counters as well. Congratulations Kailey! We’re so proud of you and the hard work you put in during this training camp!

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December Htoo

December Htoo won by 2nd round TKO against a very skilled opponent in the semifinals. In the finals, he lost a close fight on points against our good friend Alec Enright, putting on one of the best fights of the weekend! These two talented athletes are friends and have trained together; and they put on an incredible show. Great job to both men!

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Ben Locken

Ben Locken fought a fantastic fight in the finals, but came up short on points. It was his first fight back, in almost five years, but it took him two rounds to shake off the rust and adjust to this different competition style. Ben had an amazing training camp for this fight and proved that anything can be done if you want it enough! He dropped nearly 30 lbs. in just six weeks while being a dad with 3 little ones at home, running multiple businesses, coaching at The Cellar Gym, and training others. We’re so proud of you Ben and we hope to see you back in there soon. Great job!

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Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee was a super fun fighter to watch, but he came up a little short on points in the semifinals. He fought a great fight and made some huge improvements to his game, but the judges were looking for something different. Bobby came to fight in this tournament to gain experience – mission accomplished. We’re proud of you, Bobby!

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Anteze Howard

Anteze Howard lost his semifinal bout by TKO. He fought a great fight and had tons of great moments, but was just too patient. The referee correctly gave out precautionary 8-counts and it scored against us. This was his first kickboxing tournament and Anteze will learn a ton from this experience.

Super proud of this team! We had many great fights, learned a lot, supported each other in and out of the ring, and came home with 2x National Champions. Congratulations everyone!