Spc. Garibay, right, moments before he threw the punch that knocked his opponent out, earning him 3rd place during the Army National Guard Combatives Championship at Fort Benning, Ga., March 26-28.
Team MN consisted of, (top l-r), Sgt. Maj. Tony Padilla of Lakeville, Enrique Padilla, Sgt. Jesse Curry of Pine City, Minn., Spc. Joseph Schnoor of Elysian, Minn., Sgt. Joshua Fridgen of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and 2nd Lt. Chad Malmberg of St Paul, Minn. Bottom Spc. Erik Garibay from St Paul, Cpt. Joachim Eitenmiller of Blaine, Minn., and Spc. Jacob Schommer from Champlin, Minn.
The best fighters in the Army National Guard Combatives Championship were crowned at Fort Benning, Ga., March 26-28. About 100 Soldiers from 27 states participated in the tournament.