Air Force Claims 32nd NCBA Regional Title
March 25, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Claiming 10 of the 12 regional titles, the Air Force boxing team easily won its 32nd team title at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) West Regional Title on Saturday, March 24, in Reno, Nev. Senior Tyrus Korecki was named the Outstanding Boxer after winning the 156-pound title.
Competing in his third bout of the three-day tournament, Korecki defeated California's Jose Jimenez for the 156-pound title. He was one of three Falcons to claim wins by the judges' decision. Junior Drew Pineda claimed his second regional title at 112 pounds after a victory over Cas Pang of UNLV, while junior Glenn Miltenberg earned his first title with a 147-pound win over Washington's Sam Frankle. Senior Logan Brandt also picked up his first regional title, decisioning Washington's Shadain Akhavan in the 195-pound final.
Four Falcons won their regional titles before the final bell sounded, after forcing the referee to stop their contests early. Senior team captain Mike McLain won his third regional title in the first round, after the referee stopped his 175-pound bout with California's Michael Cardona in the first round. Classmate Dan Starr repeated as the 139-pound regional champion, after defeating Nevada's Jarred Santos in the second round. Freshman Roy Taylor also earned a referee-stopped win in the second round, defeating Vihn Thai of UNLV in the 119-pound final, while sophomore Andrew Munoz defeated Nevada's Taylor Yancy in the third round of the 132-pound contest.
Sophomore Zac Spranger earned the 185-pound title after his opponent Josue Gaytan of Nevada was forced to withdraw due to medical issues. Junior Olawale Lawal claimed the heavyweight title after his opponent withdrew prior to the start of competition.
Sophomore Stephen Bittner finished second in the 125-pound final after dropping a decision to Nevada's Andrew Morales, while senior Casey Habluetzel was the regional runner-up at 165 pounds following a loss to California's Juan Ramos.
The Falcons, who posted a weekend slate of 16-2 to claim their 32nd title in 33 years, will host the 2012 NCBA National Championships on April 5-7 at the Academy's Clune Arena.