Webb leads Calabar win
New Calabar captain, Trevor Webb Jr, fresh from notching his first international martial arts gold medal in Las Vegas, Nevada, returned home to lead his school to a 3-2 fight-off victory over Jamaica College in the opening match of the 2015-16 McKay Security Jamaica Taekwon-Do High School League.
Taking over Calabar's reins from Christopher Campbell this season, Webb, a mainstay in the four-time champions' line-up last year, anchored the Red Hills Road lads to victory by getting past Jamaica College captain, Joshane Thompson, with the score locked at 2-2 after four fights.
Jamaica College and Calabar advanced to the final of the season-opening McKay Security Jamaica Taekwon-Do Junior and Senior Championship inside the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology, emerging from preliminary bouts which included Kingston College, St George's, and Cornwall College.
St George's beat Cornwall for a spot in the semi-finals against Calabar, who had advanced on a bye. Jamaica College, meanwhile, stopped Kingston College in the second semi-final to await the winner of Calabar-St George's.
Determined to end Calabar's dominance, Jamaica College signalled their intent by holding the champions to a draw in the first bout.
Thompson was next out and won his bout to put JC in front 1-0 as they pressed to expose a new-look Calabar line-up minus experienced fighters of previous seasons.
However, the champions played their trump card, Webb Jr, who defeated Kemoi Blake to level the score. JC, however, was not finished and struck back with Chevaughn Wilkins to lead 2-1. Calabar rallied to level at 2-2, setting up a fight-off between captains Webb Jr and Thompson.
Webb, using his superior reach and recent exposure to Jamaica's Combined Martial Arts team, got the better of Thompson in the fight-off, handing Calabar the first title of the new season and a 1-0 lead in the league.