Drew Pineda, Olawale Lawal Repeat as NCBA Champions
April 6, 2013
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - Air Force seniors Drew Pineda and Olawale Lawal repeated as the NCBA national champions of their respective weight classes on Saturday, April 6, as the Falcons' boxing team wrapped up competition at the 38th National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships.
Pineda and Lawal, representing the lightest and heaviest of the 12 weight divisions, were two of four Falcons to compete in the national finals at the Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn., this evening.
Pineda claimed his third consecutive NCBA national title, as he took a decision over Penn State's Vikromjit Parmar in the 112-pound final. Pineda, the shorter of the two contenders, used a strong third round to secure the title that he has claimed as a sophomore, junior and now as a senior.
Lawal, who claimed his first NCBA belt last year, successfully defended his heavyweight title this evening, as he defeated Navy's Max Goldwasser by decision. After a close opening round, Lawal connected on a hard right to close out the second round. He continued the pressure in the final round, using a flurry of shots before the final bell to secure the judges' vote.
Sophomore Roy Taylor was the runner-up in the 125-pound championship, as he dropped a decision to Army's Jeremias Ortiz at 125 pounds. Taylor landed several straights in the opening rounds, but was unable to hold off a strong third round by Ortiz. In his first national appearance, junior Denis Vorobyov was the NCBA silver medalist at 165 pounds, after Coast Guard's John Surgeon used an early outpouring of scoring shots to take the decision.
The Falcons finished second in the overall team standings, while Army claimed its fifth title in six years. Coast Guard rounded out the top three with a third-place finish.
The NCBA finals will be broadcast on ESPNU, beginning tomorrow (Sunday, April 7) at 7 p.m. (EST).