March 19, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Air Force boxing team currently leads the competition at the National Collegiate Boxing Association regional championships in Berkeley. Calif. The Falcons recorded a slate of 3-2 in the semifinal action on Friday, March 19.
Air Force earned its first victory of the night from senior Leif Nordhagen (Sun Prairie, Wis.), who earned a decision over Santa Clara's Pat Gilligan at 175-pounds. Teammate Ryan Coates (San Antonio, Texas) also earned a decision over Nevada's Shawn Good in a 185-pound match-up. Junior Augustin Kamdem (Yaounde, Cameroon) defeated Mu Huang of Cal-Berkeley in the 175-pound division, after the referee stopped the contest in the first round.
"We had a good showing overall," head coach Eddie Weichers said after the contest. "We recieved great performances from Leif, Ryan and Augustin. They all showed tremendous effort. Augustin just overwhelmed his guy, causing the ref to step in."
Ezekiel Ignaco (Waukegon, Ill.) and Ryan Dorsey-Spitz (Pueblo, Colo.) suffered the Falcons' semifinal round losses. Ignaco lost in a 125-pound bout to Samuelson Go from UNLV, while Dorsey-Spitz fell to Abu Ramin from Cal-Berekley.
Air Force heads into the final night of competition with 42 points. UNLV is in second with 25 points. Nevada is in third (17 points) and Cal-Berkeley (15 points) rests in fourth. Santa Clara (5 points) and San Jose State (4 points) round out the field in fifth and sixth-place, respectively.
The Falcons advance 10 boxers into the championship finals tomorrow (March 20) on the campus of California-Berkeley.
COMPLETE AFA RESULTS FROM THE SEMIFINAL BOUTS
125-lbs. - Samuelson Go (UNLV) dec. Ezekiel Ignaco (AFA)
147-lbs. - Abu Ramin (Cal) dec. Ryan Dorsey-Spitz (AFA)
165-lbs. - Leif Nordhagen (AFA) dec. Pat Gilligan (Santa Clara)
175-lbs. - Augustin Kamdem (AFA) rsc-1 Mu Huang (Cal)
185-lbs. - Ryan Coates (AFA) dec. Shawn Good (Nev.)