April 5, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - With an impressive 6-1 mark, the Air Force boxing team got off to a strong start at the 2012 National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships on Thursday, April 5, during quarterfinal action at Clune Arena. The Falcons currently lead the team standings after the first day.
Sophomore Stephen Bittner put the Falcons on the board first, as he won a unanimous decision over Navy's Carlos Perez in the 125-pound quarterfinal. Senior Dan Starr added to the Falcons' win total with another unanimous decision, defeating Norberto Perez of the Coast Guard in one of four 139-pound quarterfinals. Junior Glen Miltenberg advanced out of the first round with a 4-1 decision over Penn State's Titos Gonsalvez in the 147-pound bout.
In the upper weight classes, senior Tyrus Korecki earned a unanimous decision over Army's Jon Mejia in the 156-pound bout, while classmate Casey Habluetzel claimed a 3-2 decision over Penn State's Will Morrill at 165 pounds. Fellow senior Mike McLain advanced to the NCBA semifinals for the fourth straight year after posting a unanimous decision over Coast Guard's Taylor Tennyson in a 175-pound bout.
Sophomore Zac Spranger also competed this evening, but dropped his opening 185-pound bout to Army's Ryan Johnson.
In all, 28 bouts were contested today, ranging from 119 pounds to heavyweight, while just one stopped before the final bell. Air Force currently leads the team competition with 12 points, while Navy is second with 11 points. After winning the final three bouts, Army moved into third with seven points, while Penn State, VMI, California, East Carolina, Nevada and West Virginia are tied for fourth with three points apiece.
The NCBA Championships continue tomorrow (April 6) at Clune Arena. The semifinal round of action will begin at 4 p.m. The NCBA will have live Twitter updates at @collegeboxing throughout the semifinal and championship rounds.
AIR FORCE RESULTS
125-lbs.: Stephen Bittner (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Carlos Perez (Navy)
139-lbs.: Dan Starr (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Norberto Perez (Coast Guard)
147-lbs.: Glenn Miltenberg (Air Force) DEC/4-1 Titos Gosalvez (Penn State)
156-lbs.: Tyrus Korecki (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Jon Mejia (Army)
165-lbs.: Casey Habluetzel (Air Force) DEC/3-2 Will Morrill (Penn State)
175-lbs.: Mike McLain (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Taylor Tennyson (Coast Guard)
185-lbs.: Ryan Johnson (Army) DEC/5-0 Zac Spranger (Air Force)