RENO, Nev. – Seven members of the Air Force boxing team earned victories during the “Boxing Under the Big Top” event in Reno, Nev., on Thursday, Oct. 19. Facing contenders from the western region of the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA), the Falcons posted a 7-4 overall record.
Sophomore Cenada Clifton-Smith received the team’s Boxer of the Week award after capturing a 175-pound victory in his first intercollegiate competition. Clifton-Smith, who forced the referee to halt his contest with Nevada’s Eden Steele in the second round, was one of three Falcons to claim victory in the 175-pound weight class. Junior Elijah Calloway earned a split decision over California’s Kipper Bervin in the night’s first contest in that weight class, while senior Neptaly Trujillo defeated California’s Ziad Al-Mouhtasseb when the referee stopped their bout in the third round.
Sophomore Sean Chieves earned a split decision over Nevada’s Dillon Magiun in the 142-pound bout, while classmate Levi Rate earned the judges’ votes in his 152-pound over Cesar Garcia from USC. Fellow sophomore William Ragland earned a split decision over California’s Pietro Puducay at 165 pounds and senior Naji Bseiso captured a split decision over Nevada’s Nate Strother in a 168-pound contest.
Four other Falcons also competed in the ring at Circus Circus. Sophomore Ife Onigbanjo dropped a 147-pound decision to San Jose State’s James Jun, while classmate Devon Smith lost a decision to Nevada’s Zach Smith at 160 pounds. Senior Jeromy Jorgenson also suffered a 160-pound loss tonight, as he fell to San Jose State’s Marquest Anderson, and classmate Osama Farqaleet lost his 132-pound contest to Nevada’s Dustin Congdon when the referee stopped the bout in the second round.
The Falcons return to action next Friday (Oct. 27), when they travel to Detroit, Mich., for the annual Chuck Davey Invitational against service academy rivals Army West Point and Navy.
132-lbs.: Dustin Congdon (Nevada) rsc-2 Osama Farqaleet (Air Force)
142-lbs.: Sean Chieves (Air Force) dec. Dillon Magiun (Nevada)
147-lbs.: James Jun (San Jose State) dec. Ife Onigbanjo (Air Force)
152-lbs.: Levi Rate (Air Force) dec. Cesar Garcia (USC)
160-lbs.: Marquest Anderson (San Jose State) dec. Jeromy Jorgenson (Air Force)
165-lbs.: William Ragland (Air Force) dec. Pietro Puducay (California)
168-lbs.: Naji Bseiso (Air Force) dec. Nate Strother (Nevada)
175-lbs.: Elijah Calloway (Air Force) dec. Kipper Bervin (California)
175-lbs.: Cenada Clifton-Smith (Air Force) rsc-2 Eden Steele (Nevada)
175-lbs.: Neptaly Trujillo (Air Force) rsc-3 Ziad Al-Mouhtasseb (Califonia)
160-lbs.: Zach Smith (Nevada) dec Devon Smith (Air Force)