USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Senior Adam Sumait joined a prestigious list of four-time boxing champions, as Air Force convened under the lights of Clune Arena for the 59th installment of the annual Wing Open Championships on Thursday, March 2. Five Falcons successfully defended their individual titles, while another five boxers had their arms raised for the first time.
Sumait became the 15th boxer in program history to earn four straight Wing Open titles, as he decisioned freshman RJ Leon in the night’s opening bout at 119 pounds. Sumait, the reigning national champion in that weight division, recorded several strong shots that forced his young opponent into three standing-eight counts before the final bell.
The senior was one of four members of the men’s team to successfully defend their Wing Open titles this evening. Senior Pedro Barrientes earned a unanimous decision in his 147-pound bout with junior Dillon Willis, while fellow senior Johnny Wells received an undisputed vote from the judges following his 156-pound contest with junior Jeromy Jorgenson and junior Naji Bseiso claimed his second title in as many years after earning a 4-1 decision over sophomore Levi Knox at 165 pounds. At the conclusion of the Wing Open, Wells was selected as the night’s Outstanding Boxer – becoming the first 156-pound contender since Clell Knight in 2004 to receive the Clune Award.
Senior Landon Tomcho, a two-time finalist, claimed his first Wing Open title in just three minutes, as he forced the referee to halt his 139-pound bout with freshman Ife Onigbanjo 1:05 into the second round.
Three men captured individual titles in their Wing Open debuts tonight, including a pair of freshmen. Vlad Zhukov used a hard blow with 1:32 left in the second period to secure his referee-stopped victory at 175 pounds over sophomore squadmate Elijah Calloway, while Levi Rate earned a unanimous decision over junior Osama Farqaleet in the 132-pound contest. Junior Joe Asenuga closed out the night with a 4-1 decision over freshman Austin Dreyer in a hard-hitting 185-pound bout.
On the women’s side, senior Heather Parcasio earned her third title in as many years, as she claimed a decision over sophomore Alex Reveles in the 125-pound bout, while freshman Adrienne Yoder, a member of the women’s soccer team, completed her Wing Open debut with an upset victory over junior Aubrey Lowe, the two-time defending champion, in the 139-pound final.
In addition to the champions that were decided in the ring, several other boxers claimed Wing Open titles by virtue of walkovers. Junior Den Tati-Mackaya earned the 195-pound prize on the men’s team, while senior Kellen Cleveland won the heavyweight title. Sophomore Laura Drapinski (119 pounds), freshman Madison Wilson and junior Victoria Rodriguez (156 pounds) earned their uncontested spots on the women’s team, while Reveles will drop down to the 112-pound division going forward.
Tonight’s winners will form the nucleus of the Air Force team that will represent the Academy at the upcoming National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) tournament, which begins with the Western Regional Championships on March 16-18 in Reno.
119-lbs.: Adam Sumait (CS-14) dec. RJ Leon (CS-35)
125-lbs.: Heather Parcasio (CS-14) dec. Alexandra Reveles (CS-06)
132-lbs.: Levi Rate (CS-40) dec. Osama Farqaleet (CS-16)
139-lbs.: Landon Tomcho (CS-22) rsc-2 Ife Onigbanjo (CS-32)
139-lbs.: Adrienne Yoder (CS-20) dec. Aubrey Lowe (CS-14)
147-lbs.: Pedro Barrientes (CS-14) dec. Dillion Willis (CS-19)
156-lbs.: Johnny Wells (CS-15) dec. Jeromy Jorgenson (CS-12)
165-lbs.: Naji Bseiso (CS-26) dec. Levi Knox (CS-36)
175-lbs.: Vlad Zhukov (CS-06) rsc-2 Elijah Calloway (CS-06)
185-lbs.: Joe Asenuga (CS-11) dec. Austin Dreyer (CS-31)
CLUNE AWARD WINNER
Johnny Wells, 156 Pounds