Island Top Team athletes Monica Bonczak, Robert Biernacki and Brad Calder earned four medals at the North American Grappling Association’s state championships in Seattle on Monday. Photo submitted

Island Top Team athletes Monica Bonczak, Robert Biernacki and Brad Calder earned four medals at the North American Grappling Association’s state championships in Seattle on Monday. Photo submitted

Nanaimo’s Island Top Team grabs gold

Club wins four medals at North American Grappling Association’s state championships in Washington

A Nanaimo jiu-jitsu club out-grappled the competition at an event in the States this week.

Island Top Team earned four medals at the North American Grappling Association’s state championships in Seattle on Monday.

Instructor Robert Biernacki competed for the first time in three years and was able to choke out an opponent in a heavier weight class and win the no gi expert division.

Monica Bonczak took gold in both her no gi beginner and gi white belt divisions.

Brad Calder made his competition debut and took silver in his no gi novice division.