Nov. 1, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force boxing team split a 10-card decision with service academy rival Army on Friday, Nov. 1, during the annual competition between the two programs. This year's contest, held in front of a standing room-only crowd in the Academy's Cadet Gym Boxing Room, featured bouts that ranged from 119 to 205 pounds.
Air Force took an early 3-1 lead off of victories from Stephen Bittner, Pedro Barrientes and Mateus Arcano. Bittner opened the afternoon with a 130-pound decision over Matt Rowe, while Barrientes, a freshman who wrapped up his intramural competition on Wednesday, defeated James Brassil in his debut at 132 pounds. Arcano wrapped up the early Air Force run with a 119-pound victory by decision over Tyler Croft. Jacob Berggren added to the Falcons' win total two bouts later, when he decisioned Josh Hurlbut at 144 pounds, and Aaron Oats, who was selected as the Academy's Boxer of the Week, added his name to the win column when he forced the referee to stop his 205-pound bout against Sam Crockett.
The Falcons dropped a pair of 132-pound bouts, as Peter Coote dropped a decision to Jared Howell and Jamal Johnson lost to Tyler Payne. Nolan Hebein dropped a 160-pound decision to Pat Samuels, while Nicholas Holguin lost to Joe Broderick at 168 pounds. Denis Vorobyov also competed on Friday, dropping his 175-pound bout with Jackson Matheson, when the referee stopped their contest before the final bell.
The Falcons return to action next Sunday (Nov. 10), when it travels to Washington, D.C., for a competition with their academy counterparts from Army, Navy and Coast Guard.
130-lbs.: Stephen Bittner (Air Force) dec. Matt Rowe (Army)
132-lbs.: Jared Howell (Army) dec. Peter Coote (Air Force)
162-lbs.: Pedro Barrientes (AF) dec. James Brassil (Army)
119-lbs.: Mateus Arcano (Air Force) dec. Tyler Croft (Army)
132-lbs.: Tyler Payne (Army) dec. Jamal Johnson (Air Force)
144-lbs.: Jacob Berggren (Air Force) dec. Josh Hurlbut (Army)
160-lbs.: Pat Samuels (Army) dec. Nolan Hebein (Air Force)
168-lbs.: Joe Broderick (Army) dec. Nicholas Holguin (AF)
205-lbs.: Aaron Oats (Air Force) rsc Sam Crockett (Army)
175-lbs.: Jackson Matheson (Army) rsc Denis Vorobyov (AF)