April 6, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Four Air Force boxers advanced to the final round of the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships, following victories during semifinal action on Friday, April 6. Dan Starr, Casey Habluetzel, Mike McLain and Olawale Lawal earned victories during tonight's action, as the Falcons accounted for a 4-6 overall record.
Starr earned a 3-2 split decision victory over Shippensburg's Terrance Griffin in the 132-pound semifinal to claim the Falcons' first victory of the night. Air Force got back on the board two weight classes later, when Habluetzel posted a unanimous decision over Navy's Angelo Lonero in the 165-pound bout. McLain advanced to the national 175-pound finals for the second time of his career after collecting a 5-0 decision over Frank Baker of East Carolina. Lawal, in just his first year of boxing, earned a near-unanimous (4-1) decision over Navy's Nate Jester in the heavyweight division.
The Falcons dropped their first three bouts of the night by 5-0 decisions. Freshman Roy Taylor was defeated by Penn State's Dave Martinez in the 119-pound bout, while Nevada's Andrew Morales withstood a late surge by sophomore Stephen Bittner at 125 pounds and classmate Andrew Munoz lost his 132-pound bout to Josh Lopez of UMass. Junior Glenn Miltenberg dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Navy's RJ Garcia at 147 pounds, while senior Tyrus Korecki lost a hard-fought 4-1 decision to Josh Surgeon of Coast Guard. In the 195-pound bout, junior Logan Brandt was leading on four of the five judges' cards when Army's Andre Shinda caught him with a hard hit to the head, forcing the referee to stop the contest in the second round.
In addition to tonight's four semifinal champions, junior Drew Pineda, the defending national champion at 112 pounds, earned a bye to the championship bout and will compete tomorrow in the day's first bout. With 27 points, Air Force continues to lead the field, holding a one-point advantage over Navy (26 points). Army is in third after two days of competition with 16 points, while Nevada is in fourth with nine points.
Action for the 2012 NCBA National Championship finals will begin at 2 p.m., on Saturday, April 7.
AIR FORCE RESULTS
119-lbs.: Dave Martinez (Penn State) DEC/5-0 Roy Taylor (Air Force)
125-lbs.: Andrew Morales (Nevada) DEC/5-0 Stephen Bittner (Air Force)
132-lbs.: Josh Lopez (UMass) DEC/5-0 Andrew Munoz (Air Force)
139-lbs.: Dan Starr (Air Force) DEC/3-2 Terrance Griffin (Shippensburg)
147-lbs.: RJ Garcia (Navy) DEC/3-2 Glenn Miltenberg (Air Force)
156-lbs.: Josh Surgeon (Coast Guard) DEC/4-1 Tyrus Korecki (Air Force)
165-lbs.: Casey Habluetzel (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Angelo Lonero (Navy)
175-lbs.: Mike McLain (Air Force) DEC/5-0 Frank Baker (East Carolina)
195-lbs.: Andre Shinda (Army) RSC-HEAD/2 Logan Brandt (Air Force)
HYWT.: Olawale Lawal (Air Force) DEC/4-1 Nate Jester (Navy)