Boxers Take Five of Nine Matches In Nevada Invitational

    <b>Clell Knight defeats San Jose State boxer to earn weekly honor</b>
    Clell Knight defeats San Jose State boxer to earn weekly honor

    Jan. 27, 2002

    Air Force boxers won five bouts and lost four last Friday at the Nevada Invitational in Reno's El Dorado Convention Center before a sellout crowd that included boxing VIPs Lane Mills and Arthur Mercanti.

    One of the best fights of the night came in the 165-pound weight class between the Falcons' Clell Knight and San Jose State's Julio Romo.

    Knight defeated Romo in last year's National Collegiate Boxing Association Regional qualifying. Romo was very aggressive in the first round and Knight used his jab and combinations to keep the San Jose State boxer at bay. In the second round Knight followed the instructions of boxing coach Eddie Weichers and went with a body attack, hitting Romo with several hard lefts and right hooks.

    "I thought Clell's body shots in the second round took away Romo's mobility and Clell came out and dominated the third round by scoring with four or five combinations," Weichers said. The hard-fought victory earned Knight Boxer of the Week Honors.

    "Fighting in Reno is difficult because of all the distractions. We told all of our boxers to stay focused and they really did a good job of preparing themselves for thes bouts. Six of our boxers on this trip were in their first year and it was very gratifying to see them mature from this boxing experience," said Weichers.

    Weichers said if there was any disappointment it came when heavyweight Brian Trumble and Darren Smith in the 119-pound division won by walkovers.

    The team now heads to the University of California-Berkeley for another invitational this Saturday, Feb. 2.

    Nevada Invitational

    115-pound Division--Lawrence Tam (Nevada) dec. Doug Spear (AFA)
    119-pound Division--Daigo Moki (Nevada) dec. Stan Hashimoto (AFA)
    119-pound Division--Darren Smith (AFA) Walkover Opponent No Show
    140-pound Division--Masamichi Matsumoto (Nevada) dec. Marc Rahlves (Cal Berkeley)
    140-pound Division--Justin Galli (Nevada) dec. Juan Hernandez(San Jose)
    156-pound Division--Ulysses Linares (AFA) dec. Shaw Ebrahimi (Nevada)
    156-pound Division--Scott Hernandez (AFA) dec. Steve Merscharet (Nevada)
    156-pound Division--Brian Holt (Nevada) dec. Whunsung Lee(Cal Berkeley)
    165-pound Division--Leif Nordhagen (AFA) dec. Justin Persons (Nevada)
    165-pound Division---Clell Knight (AFA) dec. Julio Romo (San Jose)
    170-pound Division--Steve Pakish (Nevada) dec. Matt Ross (AFA)
    172-pound Division--Michael Raabe (AFA) dec. Mike Schuck (Cal Berkeley)
    Hvwt-pound Division--Derek Zahcer (Cal Berkeley) dec. Frank Wilson (AFA)
    Hvwt-pound Division--Brian Trumble (AFA) Walkover Opponent No Show



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