Rashan Gary’s team king of paintball: ‘We came to compete’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Carlo Kemp and Rashan Gary, right, during the paintball competition.

Castel Gandolfo, Italy -- After vicious rounds of paintball games at Speedball Roma Club, the Michigan team and coaches had a leisurely afternoon on Lake Albano.

This was Day 3 of the Wolverines’ trip to Italy, and it began Tuesday morning with highly-competitive "team building," as it was listed on the itinerary. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's team was knocked out of the semifinals by pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton's team. Hamilton and his team, led by Rashan Gary, won the championship and the medals, defeating defensive coordinator Don Brown and his team.

Gary, who declared his team the one to beat, was pumped up after defeating Harbaugh's team.

It was good, it was good, not going to lie," Gary said. "He's big on competing and we came to compete."

Running back Ty Isaac was outraged after losing in the championship game.

"They know we know what happened," Isaac said. "I know we didn't lose. We'll be gracious in our loss, but they know what happened."

"It's just him being mad," Gary said, shrugging it off.

The team then traveled to La Perla del Lago restaurant that overlooks Lake Albano. Offensive lineman Grant Newsome and receiver Jack Wangler were among the players to arrive Tuesday after finishing classes, and athletic director Warde Manuel also made the trip. There they dined on a whole roasted pig that was on display in the middle of the room along with pasta.

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Then it was off to the beach. A group of young Italian boys were fascinated by the players. Keith Washington and Mike McCray said the kids were on Google finding the players pictures and names.

Some players slept in the sun, others hung out on the beach, and others took boat rides on lake. Be sure to check out The Detroit News video featuring center Cesar Ruiz and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst.