Oct. 5, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force boxing team earned a 5-4 victory over Navy on Friday, Oct. 5, during the annual showdown between the two service academy rivals. Competing in front of a capacity crowd at the Cadet Gym Boxing Room, the Falcons earned the decision over the Mids.
Navy struck first, as Andre Moorehead took a decision from John Alora in the 156-pound bout, but the Falcons followed titles in the next three bouts to go up 3-1 on the overall card.
Competing at 125 pounds, Roy Taylor claimed an early victory over Richard Gonong, the national runner-up at 112 pounds last year. Using his height and reach advantage, Taylor caught Gonong with a straight right near the end of the first round. The blow forced Navy coach Jim McNally to retire his contender and end the bout in the first round.
Will Petersen followed Taylor's win with a decision over Jonathan Shepherd in the 139-pound contest. Petersen fought a strategic match, using a nice jab to set up his combinations and maintain pressure on his opponent, before coming on strong in the final round.
James Monk claimed a victory in his first intercollegiate bout, as he claimed a 156-pounds decision over Ben Matson. The junior, who the coaches believe will be a force to contend with as the season continues, used fast hands and feet to outpoint his aggressive competitor.
The Midshipmen claimed the next three titles to go up 4-3 on the overall card, as Jack Morado defeated Chris Nelson by decision at 170 pounds, Mike Mourafetis decisioned Mike Leland at 160 pounds and Sean Hunt took a decisioned from Justin Smith at 175 pounds.
In the 140-pound weight division, Andrew Munoz and Antonio Roa stepped into the ring for a rematch from last year's dual meet at Navy. Munoz, who showed good combination and lateral movement as he out-boxed his aggressive opponent, was able to avenge last year's tough loss and claim a decision over Roa to even the overall card at four apiece.
With the dual meet title on the line, head coach Eddie Weichers was able to turn to "the right guy, in the right place", as two-time defending NCBA champion (112 pounds) Drew Pineda took to the ring for the night's final bout - a 116-pound contest with Adam Locklear. Pineda, the team captain, was able to use his experience and inside attack to outpoint his upset-minded opponent. The judges' awarded the decision to Pineda, which secured the overall win for the Falcons.
Air Force returns to action on Oct. 19, when it hosts another round of Friday Night Fights at 4:30 p.m.
156-lbs.: Andre Moorehead (Navy) dec. John Alora (Air Force)
125-lbs.: Roy Taylor (Air Force) rsc-1 Richard Gonong (Navy)
139-lbs.: Will Petersen (Air Force) dec. Jonathan Shepherd (Navy)
156-lbs.: James Monk (Air Force) dec. Ben Matson (Navy)
170-lbs.: Jack Morado (Navy) dec. Chris Nelson (Air Force)
160-lbs.: Mike Mourafetis (Navy) dec. Mike Leland (Air Force)
175-lbs.: Sean Hunt (Navy) dec. Justin Smith (Air Force)
140-lbs.: Andrew Munoz (Air Force) dec. Antonio Roa (Navy)
116-lbs.: Drew Pineda (Air Force) dec. Adam Locklear (Navy)