Gridlock & Next
Level win the National PB Supply 10th Anniversary 5 Man
NASHVILLE, TN: June 14, 2000: The 10th Anniversary Five Man Challenge,
sponsored by National Paintball Supply, NJ and the fourth stop on The 2000
ZAP Tour ended Sunday, June 11 with Team Gridlock from New Jersey taking
1st place in the Amateur Class and Next level of New York winning the Novice/Rookie
Class competitions. Team Tempest, from New York, won the coveted WPF Sportsmanship
Award in yet another successful World Paintball Federation tournament.
Top Gun Paintball, with owner Ray Gong and manager Glenn Guadagnini,
hosted this event and provided a challenging speedball and hyper-ball
which teams competed in temperatures that reached into the high 90's.
New York Dogs, a WPF member team, provided the finest staff of trained
referees available and set a new standard in refereeing excellence.
"Al Penino and the New York Dogs proved to be the finest refereeing
we have ever experienced. The professionalism and diplomacy they exhibited
exceeded our expectations and raised the standard, once more, for all
paintball tournaments," says Chip Herbert, operations director for
WPF. "These men endured dangerous heat conditions that would have crippled
most squads. With determination and professionalism, the " Dogs " produced
the finest refereeing I have ever seen."
Working within the computerized, state-of-the-art WPF/ ZAP Administration
Trailer, the staff of the WPF and Steve Moore of ZAP Paintballs worked
hand-in-hand with Gino Postorivo of National Paintball Supply, NJ to
ensure the safety and enjoyment of this tournament in the extreme weather
By winning the Amateur Class competition, Gridlock received free entry
into the 2000 WPF/ZAP International Masters in New Orleans along with
hotel rooms, travel expenses, 10 cases of ZAP Pro Series Tournament paint,
5 Bob Long Defiants, five 32 Degree Team Jerseys, as well as plaques. Team
Next Level received $1000.00 gift certificate from Electronic Express.Com
JT USA sponsorship package, five 32 Degree team jerseys, 10 cases
of Team Color paint, five cases of ZAP Pro Series Premium Tournament
paint, as well as plaques for their victory in the Rookie/Novice Class
competition. Team Tempest was awarded a custom barrel trophy from Custom
Products, Inc. and custom grip frames from Benchmark Manufacturing as the
Sportsmanship Award, the most priced of all WPF awards.
With their victory in the 2000 St. Louis Challenge, Gridlock earned
points toward the prized WPF World Ace title while Next Level earned
points toward the WPF Nov Ace title. The WPF World Ace and Nov Ace
Circuits are a series of competitions consisting of six WPF regional
tournaments, independently produced wildcard tournaments, and local league
competitions. The circuits culminate at the WPF/ ZAP International
Masters, where circuit leaders compete to determine who will earn the Ace
titles. The amateur team that wins the World Ace title receives a full
year's sponsorship from ZAP Paintballs, National Paintball Supply NJ, Scott
USA, National Paintball Supply SC, Tippmann Pneumatics, Indian Creek Designs
and Worr Game Products. The novice team earning the Nov Ace title receives
paint and equipment prizes worth nearly $4000.