Sept. 26, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force boxing team begins the quest for its 20th National Collegiate Boxing Association team title this week, as it opens the 2012-13 season on Friday, Sept. 28. The defending NCBA champs open the season with the first of six Friday Night Fights at 4:30 p.m., in the Cadet Gym Boxing Room.
The Falcons return to NCBA national champions in senior Drew Pineda, a two-time champion at 112 pounds, and classmate Olawale Lawal, the reigning heavyweight champion. Air Force also returns NCBA All-Americans Stephen Bittner (junior, 125 pounds), Andrew Munoz (junior, 132 pounds), Glenn Miltenberg (senior, 147 pounds) and Logan Brandt (senior, 195 pounds).
Air Force will be at home for 11 meets during the year, highlighted by the annual Wing Open Tournament.
Following the Sept. 28 Fights, the Falcons remain at the Academy for two more matches, hosting service academy rival Navy on Friday, Oct. 5, and another round of Friday Night Fights on Oct. 19. The Falcons will then head to Detroit, Mich., for the annual Service Academy Classic at the Detroit Athletic Club on Friday, Oct. 26.
Air Force will travel to West Point, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. 2, for the yearly dual meet with its service academy rival Army, before returning to the Academy on Nov. 9, for another round of Friday Night Fights. Select boxers will competed at the NCBA Showcase in New York City on Monday, Nov. 19, while Air Force closes out the fall semester with a Dec. 12 round of Friday Night Fights.
The second semester begins with back-to-back Friday Fights on Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, before the Falcons hit the road for NCBA contests at Seattle, Wash. (Jan. 26) and Reno, Nev. (Feb. 1).
The Wing Open Tournament begins Feb. 7 with the preliminary round of competition. The quarterfinals (Feb. 14) and semifinals (Feb. 20) will determine the final lineup for the 2012 Wing Open Championships, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at Clune Arena.
The NCBA West Regional Championships will be held March 21-22 in Reno, Nev., while the NCBA Championships are currently scheduled for April 4-6 (location to be determined).
Admission is free to all regular season Air Force boxing home contests.