Phillip Ingvalson, 16, from Pequot Lakes competed in the Atlanta Winter International Open IBJJF Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3, where he won two out of three matches in his weight division to take his first gold.

He lost his first match by points, then came back in his second match to win by submission.

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He then went to the finals, where he beat his opponent by points by a score of 23-0. He went on to compete in the Open Division for his belt and age division where he beat his first opponent by disqualification and then went to the finals to again to win 15-0.

Ingvalson trains with Alliance BJJ MN with Damian Hirtz and also with START BJJ in St. Cloud with Brock Larson.

Ingvalson's next competition will be in March for the Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship, Chicago Spring International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in March, and the 2018 MNBJJF Spring Open in April. Phillip is currently a Sophomore attending the Minnesota Connections Academy.