March 24, 2013
RENO, Nev. - Backed by seven individual champions, the Air Force boxing team captured its 33rd regional title in the last 34 years during the final day of competition at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Western Regional Championships in Reno, Nev.
Junior Denis Vorobyov and sophomore Roy Taylor captured victories for the Falcons in the championship bouts at the Eldorado Hotel. Vorobyov took a decision from Nevada's Zach Barbara at 165 pounds, while Taylor decisioned Cal's Evan Kamai in the title bout for the 125-pound weight class.
Three other Falcons - sophomore Michael Magtalas (119 pounds vs. Vihn Thai, UNLV), freshman Jacob Berggren (132 pounds vs. Jarred Santos, Nevada) and junior James Monk (156 pounds vs. Colin Schmidt, UC Davis) - advanced to the championship round, but lost decisions in their respective weight classes to finish second in the regional field.
Despite winning just two of five championship bouts contested tonight, the Falcons claimed an additional five regional champions due to walkovers. Senior Glenn Miltenberg (147 pounds) and freshman Phil Mays (185) collected victories during the semifinal round last night, but found themselves without opponents during the finals. In addition, senior Drew Pineda (112), freshman Gytenis Borusas (195) and senior Olawale Lawal (heavyweight) earned walkovers throughout the weekend's competition to claim uncontested titles.
The 2013 National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) National Championships will take place at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn., during the April 4-6 weekend.
119-lbs.: Vihn Thai (UNLV) dec. Michael Magtalas (Air Force)
125-lbs.: Roy Taylor (Air Force) dec. Evan Kamai (Cal)
132-lbs.: Jarred Santos (Nevada) dec. Jacob Berggren (Air Force)
156-lbs.: Colin Schmidt (UC Davis) dec. James Monk (Air Force)
165-lbs.: Denis Vorobyov (Air Force) dec. Zach Barbara (Nevada)