Falcons Off to Strong Start at Regional Meet
March 14, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The Air Force boxing team used an 8-1 record to kick off the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) West Region Championships on Friday, March 14, in Reno, Nev. The Falcons claimed five wins by decision, while two other victories were earned by early stops.
Sophomore Mateus Arcano kicked off the night with a referee-stopped 112-pound victory over Washington's Brian Hoang, as he forced the official to stop the bout at the 40-second mark of the first round. Senior Stephen Bittner also claimed an early victory over a competitor from Washington, as he forced a second-round stop to his 125-pound bout over Alan Vu. Freshman Adam Sumait and senior James Monk added another pair of victories over contenders from Washington, as the claimed decisions in the 119 pounds (vs. Devin Bell) and 156 pounds (vs. Russell Crandall), respectively.
Sophomore Jacob Berggren earned a victory in the 139-pound semifinal, decisioning Santa Clara's Robert Greenberg, while senior Sean Cork claimed a 147-pound victory over host Nevada's Eden Bradford. Senior Denis Vorobyov and junior Brandon Pitts rounded out the Falcons' list of bout winners, as Vorobyov defeated UCLA's Vlad Panin at 165 pounds and Pitts took a decision from UNLV's Gerry Tinajero at 175 pounds.
Sophomore Gyntenis Borusas rounded out the night with a tough 185-pound loss to Nevada's Garrett Felling.
Due to the size of the field in their respective weight classes, three Falcons - junior Roy Taylor (132 pounds), freshman Laurynas Galdikas (195 pounds) and freshman Matas Leckas (heavyweight) - received byes into tomorrow's finals. All 12 boxers will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, March 15), with 11 championship bouts and one consolation contest.