Boxing Team Shares Lead at Regionals
LAS VEGAS, NVAir Forces boxing team is tied for the team lead after the first night of Western Regional boxing competition on UNLVs campus. The Falcons scored 24 team points to share the lead with host school UNLV Friday, March 23.
Four Falcon boxers won their bouts Friday while four others suffered defeat. C3C Ulysses Linares, fighting in the 147-pound division, won a decision over Nevadas Shaw Ebrahimi. The Falcons Clell Knight won his 156-pound bout over UNLVs Dave Wengell. The referee stopped the bout in the third round as Knight completely dominated Wengell.
In the 165-pound weight class, Joe Harding advanced to the seminfinals by defeating Santa Claras Justin Pietrie on Thursday and UNLVs Burn Minjares on Friday. In the heavyweight division, Lee Poage defeated Cal-Berkleys Lee Paotamson.
C4C Doug Spear suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose which resulted in the referee stopping the contest and awarding the victory to UNLVs Linden Manlapua in the 112-pound division. UNLVs Lyle Nixon decisioned C1C Chris Geisel in the 132-pound division. Air Forces C1C Gerry Sanchez lost a 3-2 split decision to Cal-Berkelys Gene Kim in a 139-pound bout.
The competition in this Western Regional is tough, said Falcon boxing coach Eddie Weichers, Jr. We have Joel Rivera going in the 119 pound division on Friday and Dustin Brown, the defending national champion, going in the 195-pound division. We need both to come away with victories.
Following Air Force and UNLV in the team standings is Nevada with 12 points, Cal-Berekley with 6, San Jose State with 3 and Santa Clara with 1. The competition concludes Saturday.