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DeGraff wins gold & silver at ADCC Dallas Open 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

Seventeen-year old jiu jitsu phenom Andrew DeGraff continued his breakout year by winning gold and silver at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Dallas Open. 

He competed in two divisions, totaling seven matches in an 11-hour period. DeGraff went 6-1 on the day. He won gold in the teenage division at the 60kg weight class and also won silver in the adult division at the 60kg weight division. 

ADCC is a premier submission grappling event, and DeGraff fits right in with his knack for forcing opponents to submit. He forced two opponents into submission in 18 seconds at the ADCC Dallas Open. You read that right. He began and ended two separate matches with two separate opponents, forcing them both to submit within a mere 18 seconds. 

He won four additional matches at the ADCC Dallas Open via submission, all in less than three minutes. In the finals, he lost via submission in overtime to Dillon Cameron.

“The finals match wasn’t my best effort,” DeGraff says. “But my opponent was a really good wrestler. Hopefully I’ll get a rematch.”

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Andrew DeGraff is a 17-year old jiu jitsu phenom who grapples for Nova JJ & New Wave JJ. Photo by RealWV.

DeGraff is currently ranked 20th in the world at his weight. Cameron is currently unranked but is expected to be ranked when the new rankings are released this summer. DeGraff also expects to move up in the rankings after his numerous wins this year.  

DeGraff trains locally with Nova Jiu Jitsu out of Ronceverte, and he also trains with New Wave Jiu Jitsu out of Austin. New Wave won the team competition at the ADCC Dallas Open. 

The legendary John Dahaner coaches New Wave. He has coached greats like George St. Pierre and Garry Tonon. Five-time world champion Gordon Ryan is also on the New Wave team. Needless to say, they are stacked. And with a new generation coming up including DeGraff, they promise to be in the championship mix for years to come. 

DeGraff will head to Ohio next for Twisted Church, an event hosted by Dave Beavers who is a pastor and a grappler. “It’s a title fight for the 135 pound title,” DeGraff explains. “Then I’m also going to Midwest Finishers for another 135 pound title fight right after that.” 

Additionally, a rematch for the Rise bantamweight title with Mateo Maldanado also looms later in the summer for DeGraff.  It has yet to be officially scheduled. 

Stay tuned to RealWV for updates.

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