Air Force Claims 34th NCBA Regional Title
James Monk

March 15, 2014

RENO, Nev. - The Air Force boxing team captured its 34th regional title in the last 35 years during the final night of action (March 15) at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) West Championships in Reno. Backed by outstanding boxer James Monk, the Falcons claimed four individual regional championship titles, while finishing 4-8 overall.

Monk and senior classmates Sean Cork and Denis Vorobyov earned victories by decision in their respective bouts, while freshman Laurynas Galdikas earned a referee-stopped victory in his match.

Cork picked up the Falcons' first victory of the night, as he defeated San Jose State's Fabian Ramos at 147 pounds and sparked a 3-0 run by Air Force. Monk earned a regional title at 156 pounds after taking a decision over Colin Schmidt of UC Davis and Vorobyov earned the judges' nod in the 165-pound championship bout with San Jose State's Andrew Cabatic. Galdikas, who earned a bye into the 195-pound finals, made quick work of Washington's Edgar Cortes by forcing the referee to stop their contest midway through the first round.

Seven other Falcons competed in the championship bouts this evening, earning runner-up finishes in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Mateus Arcano lost a split decision to UNLV's Vinh Thai at 112 pounds, while freshman Adam Sumait suffered a unanimous decision loss to Ariel Guevarra of UNLV in the 119-pound bout. Senior Stephen Bittner (125 pounds, vs. UC Davis' Mac Pham) and sophomore Jacob Berggren (139 pounds, vs. Nevada's JJ Mariano) also lost by decision in the lower weight classes, while junior Roy Taylor's 132-pound bout with Nevada's Jarred Santos was stopped by the referee in the first round. In the upper weight divisions, junior Brandon Pitts dropped a 175-pound decision to Washington's Richard Vansiclen and freshman Matas Leckas lost his heavyweight final by decision to Chris Lim of Washington.



In the second of two third-place bouts contested tonight to help determine qualifying to the national meet, sophomore Gytenis Borusas lost a 185-pound decision to Chyrye Anderson of UNLV.

With 11 first- or second-place finishes at the regional meet, the Falcons will send nearly a full squad to the 2014 NCBA National Championships, which will be held on April 3-6 in West Point, N.Y.

112-lbs.: Vinh Thai (UNLV) dec. Mateus Arcano (Air Force)
119-lbs.: Ariel Guevarra (UNLV) dec. Adam Sumait (Air Force)
125-lbs.: Mac Pham (UC Davis) dec. Stephen Bittner (Air Force)
132-lbs.: Jarred Santos (Nevada) rsc-1 Roy Taylor (Air Force)
139-lbs.: JJ Mariano (Nevada) dec. Jacob Berggren (Air Force)
147-lbs.: Sean Cork (Air Force) dec. Fabian Ramos (San Jose State)
156-lbs.: James Monk (Air Force) dec. Colin Schmidt (UC Davis)
165-lbs.: Denis Vorobyov (Air Force) dec. Andrew Cabatic (San Jose State)
175-lbs.: Richard Vansiclen (Washington) dec. Brandon Pitts (Air Force)
185-lbs.: Chyrye Anderson (UNLV) dec. Gytenis Borusas (Air Force)
195-lbs.: Laurynas Galdikas (Air Force) rsc-1 (1:17) Edgar Cortes (Washington)
Hwyt.: Chris Lim (Washington) dec. Matas Leckas (Air Force)

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