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Athletes from youth to adults compete in combat sports at first ever Wyoming Showdown

Published: Aug. 30, 2020 at 8:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Southside Sluggers Boxing Club hosted its first ever Wyoming Showdown. Athletes of all ages competed in combat sports in front of their friends and family.

Fans show up for first ever Wyoming Showdown.
Fans show up for first ever Wyoming Showdown.(KGWN)

“Just felt nice fighting in front of my hometown in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They’ve always had my back for every fight and they continue to have my back and I’m very appreciative for it,” kick boxer, Eric Sohrweid of Mad House Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu said.

Different gyms from around Cheyenne competed in different forms of martial arts such as boxing, kick boxing, jiu jitsu, grappling, and karate demos.

“It feels good to be able to spar and try to become the best,” 11 year old boxer, Jacoby Dyson said.

Eliaz Hernandez, 11 (white shirt), spars against Jacoby Dyson, 11 (black shirt) at first ever Wyoming Showdown.
Eliaz Hernandez, 11 (white shirt), spars against Jacoby Dyson, 11 (black shirt) at first ever Wyoming Showdown.(KGWN)

“It’s just super fun and you’re learning so much, and you get to be able to protect yourself,” 12 year old Jiu Jitsu competitor, Kaleb Reisner said.

The athletes enjoyed testing their skills as well as being able to watch other forms of martial arts.

“That’s how you learn. If you watch a whole bunch of stuff then that’s how you learn,” Eight year old Jiu Jitsu competitor, Ryder Porter said.

The Southside Sluggers plan on making this an annual event.

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