OC3 Black Pull Their Way to Victory at Rogue Invitational

OC3 Black wins Rogue Invitational to qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games. Photo via Instagram, @cartee5
OC3 Black wins Rogue Invitational to qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games. Photo via Instagram, @cartee5

OC3 Black is heading back to the CrossFit Games. Last year’s 3rd place team at the CrossFit Games beat CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and held off CrossFit Invictus Back Bay to win the 2019 Rogue Invitational and earn an invite to Madison, Wisconsin.

With Luke Shafer filling in for Colin Cartee, last year’s team of Joe Piersanti, Taylor Williamson and Andrea Nisler showed they can compete with the top teams in the sport. OC3 Black led the entire competition after winning Event 1 and never looked back with four event wins.

While CrossFit Invictus Back Bay made a charge on Sunday, OC3 Black finished the Sanctional strong by winning the final event, Tug-of-War. In a double-elimination style tournament, OC3 Black lost in the 2nd round to Mayhem Freedom to move into the loser’s bracket.

Back Bay was able to advance to the finals and would have a chance to overtake if OC3 Black failed to win several pulls in the loser’s bracket. OC3 not only did that, but made it to the finals against Back Bay and won two in a row to win the event and the Sanctional and solidify their ticket to the CrossFit Games.

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Played a much different role than I’m used to for #Teamoc3black this weekend. And it was 10x more nerve wrecking, I was a mess. But I honestly wouldn’t of had it any other way. @lukeschafer9 absolutely killed it and I cannot wait to watch him at the @crossfitgames. As for the ride or dies, @aenisler, @t_will7 And @joe_p_sau. They continue to do what all @crossfitoc3 teams do and that’s be teammates. They were nearly flawless this weekend. And damn did it show. . • I will say the @rogueinvitational was ran very well, especially for a first time competition. They were all about the athletes and fans, that was evident. So massive props to them. . • Thank you to all the #OC3 members who came to watch and those who watched from home, the team feels your love! . • Now it’s time to get back home to baby Jovie and @j_cartee. Someone’s gotta dirty all clothes and dishes. #step1complete

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Now the team from Davenport, Iowa, can focus the next two months on training for the CrossFit Games knowing that they competed against some of the top teams in the sport, including Rich Froning’s Mayhem Freedom, and came out on top.

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