Len Minick Memorial Combat Challenge



JUNE 24, 2012 – EAST HAMPTON, CT – This was the ninth annual Len Minick Memorial Combat Challenge held in tribute to and in memory of our good friend and fellow competitor. The weather was quite warm and sunny with a gentle breeze. Seven contestants made the trip to the Salmon River State Forest and enjoyed a day of very competitive combat.

Round one saw Jeff Vader take the early lead with a 725 point round one score. Neil Simpson and Jeff faced off in round two. Jeff had starting trouble initially and then, after some good action, had the ground come up. All this resulted in an airtime win for Neil and a very low score for Jeff. Meanwhile both Vinnie Langella and Glenn Simpson put in their second good flight. Vinnie, Glenn and Neil were in a virtual tie for the lead at the halfway point. In round three Neil managed a two cut win over Vinnie to take the outright lead. Glenn was in close pursuit with a one cut round three win over Jeff Vader. In the semi-final match Jeff, after an up and down day, rallied for a one cut win over Vinnie. In the final Neil got past Glenn with a one cut win. When the dust settled Neil had the contest win with Glenn in second and Jeff just edging out Vinnie for third. The sportsman division winner was Jake Vader from Franklin, New Hampshire.

Thank You, to everyone who participated and to those who shared in the judging. It was great to have Vinnie Langella participating for the first time in quite a while. A special thank you to Perry Rose who donated some covering material that was raffled off. 

Len Minick Memorial Combat Challenge
7 contestants (4 from MA) (2 from NH) (1 from CT)
14 matches (2 mid airs)

(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA 2385pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA1850pts
(E) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH            1645pts
(A) Vinnie Langella-Meriden, CT     1630pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Brookline, MA        1515pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH          1220pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA      1115pts

The top finishers were Neil Simpson (1st), Glenn Simpson (2nd),
Jeff Vader (3rd) and Jake Vader (1st Sportsman)

photos compliments of Jeff Vader