Falcons Wrap Up Regular Season with Strong Showing at NCBA Invitational
Feb. 6, 2010
RENO, Nev. - Highlighted by seven victories, the Air Force boxing team wrapped up the regular season late Friday night (Feb. 6) with an impressive showing at the National Collegiate Boxing Association Invitational in Reno, Nev. The Falcons, competing against several West Coast teams, finished the night with a 7-4 record.
Competing in his first non-Friday Night Fight bout, sophomore Craig Spranger got the Falcons off on the right foot, picking up a 152-pound decision from Anthony Donahue. Sophomores Mike McLain and casey Habluetzel continued Air Force's winning ways. McLain, competing in his first NCBA event of the season, won a 180-pound bout over John Priest of UNLV, while Habluetzel took a decision from Evan Aguilar of USC in the 163-pound contest.
Rainer Caparas dropped the 125-pound contest to Lee Inouye of UNLV, while Richard Meldrum won his NCBA debut in the heavyweight division over Nevada's Anthony Crespo. Tyrus Korecki dropped a 155-pound decision to Nevada's Jeremy Catalano, before Glenn Miltenberg improved to 2-0 against NCBA opponents with a 145-pound victory by decision over Nevada's Nate Whedon..
Dalton Hall picked up his third win in as many attempts against NCBA foes, when he caused the referee to stop his 165-pound bout with Nevada's Francisco Torres early. Nick Cataldo dropped a 165-pound decision to Nevada's Jacob Munson-Decker, while Joe Silvio lost a narrow decision to Nevada's Ryan Cotey. Cory Tintzman closed out the night with a 200-pound victory over Tony Gonzales of UCLA, improving to 6-0 on the year.
Despite the narrow loss, Silvio was selected by the Academy coaches as the program's Boxer of the Week. Taking on Cotey, a two-time NCBA national champion, in his home ring, Silvio showcased his own strong conditioning as he took away his opponent's right hand.
Air Force returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 11, when it opens the 2010 Wing Open Boxing Tournament in the Upper Boxing Room of the Cadet Gym at 4:30 p.m. Thursday's action begins a four-week journey to the annual championship bouts at Clune Arena on March 4.