USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Wing Open roster was completed this evening, as 12 members of the Air Force boxing team secured their place in the finals with semifinal victories on Friday, Feb. 24. In all, 20 men and four women stepped into the ring for a chance at a spot in the finals, while freshman RJ Leon was named the Academy’s Boxer of the Week.
Leon earned the team’s weekly honor after winning a composed 119-pound bout over senior Tim Tyson. The 119-pound contest was one of four weight divisions where just one side of the bracket was determined in the semifinals. Freshman Ife Onigbanjo defeated sophomore Jonathan Banks at 139 pounds, while junior Dillon Willis earned a 147-pound victory over sophomore Alvin Nix and freshman Vlad Zhukov decisioned classmate Cenada Clifton-Smith at 175 pounds.
Senior Johnny Wells earned the only referee-stopped victory, as he forced the official to halt his 156-pound contest with freshman William Ragland in the second round. Wells will face junior Jeromy Jorgenson, who earned a decision over sophomore Joshua Turner in the other 156-pound bout.
Junior Naji Bseiso and freshman Levi Knox advanced to the finals of the 165-pound bout, as Bseiso decisioned freshman Devon Smith and Knox defeated sophomore Isaiah Honable. Junior Joe Asenuga and freshman Austin Dreyer won their semifinal bouts at 185 pounds, with Asenuga taking a decision from freshman Dean Bartschi and Dreyer decisioning classmate Nick Pingel.
On the women’s side, sophomore Alex Reveles decisioned classmate Laura Drapinski in the 112-pound semifinal, while junior Victoria Rodriguez captured a 156-pound decision over sophomore Monica Mammah.
With the preliminary rounds of competition complete, the boxers head under the lights of Clune Arena for the 59th-annual Wing Open Championships on Thursday, March 2. The annual event – a highlight on the Academy calendar – will take place at 6:00 p.m., and admission is free.
112-lbs.: Alex Reveles (CS-06) dec. Laura Drapinski (CS-09)
119-lbs.: RJ Leon (CS-35) dec. Tim Tyson (CS-08)
139-lbs.: Ife Onigbanjo (CS-32) dec. Jonathan Banks (CS-08)
147-lbs.: Dillon Willis (CS-19) dec. Alvin Nix (CS-22)
156-lbs.: Victoria Rodriguez (CS-06) dec. Monica Mammah (CS-30)
156-lbs.: Johnny Wells (CS-15) rsc-2 William Ragland (CS-04)
156-lbs.: Jeromy Jorgenson (CS-12) dec. Joshua Turner (CS-10)
165-lbs.: Naji Bseiso (CS-26) dec. Devon Smith (CS-28)
165-lbs.: Levi Knox (CS-36) dec. Isaiah Honable (CS-06)
175-lbs.: Vlad Zhukov (CS-06) dec. Cenada Clifton-Smith (CS-32)
185-lbs.: Joe Asenuga (CS-18) dec. Dean Bartschi (CS-35)
185-lbs.: Austin Dreyer (CS-31) dec. Nick Pingel (CS-08)