Feb. 1, 2014
RENO, Nev. - Nine members of the Air Force boxing team closed out the regular season last night (Jan. 31) at the Jimmy Olivas Classic in Reno, Nev. The Falcons, competing against other members of the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA), posted a 4-5 record.
Air Force opened the night with a pair of victories from the 170-pound weight class, as Jesse Calico took a decision from Nevada's Raymon Rosado and Darnell Jones earned a referee-stopped victory over California's Rodrigo Flores. Sean Cork earned the judges' vote over Nevada's Eden Bradford at 144 pounds, while Denis Vorobyov picked up the Falcons' final win a decision over Nevada's Zach Barbara in the 165-pound bout.
Four other Air Force boxers took to the ring in Nevada but lost their respective decisions, including Mateus Arcano (122 pounds, vs. UNLV's Ariel Guevara), Roy Taylor (134 pounds, vs. Nevada's Jared Santos), Ethan Salgado (142 pounds, vs. Nevada's JJ Mariano) and Pedro Barrientes (150 pounds, vs. Nevada's Kirk Jackson). Gytenis Borusas also competed last night, falling to Nevada's Garrett Felling when the referee stopped their 185-pound bout before the final bell.
With the regular season complete, Air Force begins the 2014 Wing Open Tournament next week, when it hosts the quarterfinal bouts at the Academy on Thursday, Feb. 6. Action will begin at 4:30 p.m., in Cadet East Gym.
170-lbs.: Jesse Calico (Air Force) dec Raymon Rosado (Nevada)
170-lbs.: Darnell Jones (Air Force) rsc Rodrigo Flores (California)
150-lbs.: Kirk Jackson (Nevada) dec Pedro Barrientes (Air Force)
144-lbs.: Sean Cork (Air Force) dec Eden Bradford (Nevada)
122-lbs.: Ariel Guevara (UNLV) dec Mateus Arcano (Air Force)
165-lbs.: Denis Vorobyov (Air Force) dec Zach Barbara (Nevada)
134-lbs.: Jared Santos (Nevada) dec Roy Taylor (Air Force)
142-lbs.: JJ Mariano (Nevada) dec Ethan Salgado (Air Force)
185-lbs.: Garrett Felling (Nevada) rsc Gytenis Borusas (Air Force)