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Eastchester’s Westchester Martial Arts Academy Take Medals At Tournament

Pictured at the NAGA Championships with their instructor Ron Barone, from left: Emma Keegan, Maria Cristo, Amanda Monteleone, Isabel Macera, Alexa Grassi and Audrey Horn.
Pictured at the NAGA Championships with their instructor Ron Barone, from left: Emma Keegan, Maria Cristo, Amanda Monteleone, Isabel Macera, Alexa Grassi and Audrey Horn. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- A number of first-second-and third-place medals were among the honors earned by students from Eastchester’s Westchester Martial Arts Academy during the  North American Grappling Association Championships held Saturday, Nov. 15 in New York City.

Under the tutelage of mixed martial arts trainer Ron Barone, the group, in various levels of the children’s competition, took four first-place, three second-place and two third-place medals. The tournament, which was held in the Nat Holman Gym at the City University of New York, was the venue for both the children’s and adult’s competitions.

The WMAA students, ages 8 to 13, competed in both the tournament’s Gi and No-Gi grappling divisions. Both differ in the type of clothing required of the competitors as well as in technique and tactics. The winners include Aidan Connolly, third place, children’s expert division; Maria Cristo, first place, children’s novice division; Alexa Grassi, first place, children’s intermediate division; Audrey Horn, first place, children’s novice division; Emma Keegan, second place, children’s novice division; Isabel Macera, second place, children’s beginner division; Amanda Monteleone, second place, children’s novice division; Joseph Paladino, third place, children’s novice division and Matt Sidoti, first place, children’s intermediate division. “I am very proud of our students who did an awesome job at the NAGA tournament,” said Barone. “It is a testament to their hard work and efforts.”

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