Falcons Stumble Against Army

    WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Winning just two of 12 bouts, the Air Force boxing team suffered a tough defeat at the hands of service academy rival Army on Friday, Nov. 5. Ezekiel Ignaco and Darren Smith were the only two Falcons to earn decisions against the Black Knights.

    Team captain Smith was named the Academy's Boxer of the Week after defeating Army's Darren Joyce in a 132-pound bout. A normal 119-pounder, Smith moved up two weight classes for the bout. Despite facing a larger opponent, Smith fought a real tough bout. He used quick hands and good combinations, as well as strong lateral movement, to earn the convincing decision. Smith took the lead in the second round and as Joyce started to run out of gas, Smith claimed the win in round three.

    Ignaco also claimed a decision for the Falcons, defeating Scott Yeung at 125-pounds. Willie Lloyd (112-lbs.), Jeremy Homan (135-lbs.), Evin Negron (170-lbs.), Adam Vance (140-lbs.), Shane Malkin (175-lbs.), Andrew Quijano (175-lbs.) and Chris Crouch (205-lbs.) all lost by decision, while John Rausch-Davis (190-lbs.), William Boyles (200-lbs.) and David Bullock (208-lbs.) lost as the referee stopped the contest early.

    "We really took one on the chin," Air Force head coach Eddie Weichers said following the contest. "But I think that it was a good learning experience for us. Hopefully we can use this and come back next week ready to go."

    The Falcons return to action on Saturday (Nov. 13), when they travel to Louisville, Ky., to take on the boxing team from the University of Kentucky at the Spaulding Athletic Club.

    125-lbs.: Ezekiel Ignaco (Air Force) dec. Scott Yeung (Army)
    132-lbs.: Darren Smith (Air Force) dec. Darren Joyce (Army)
    112-lbs.: Mike Benedosso (Army) dec. Willie Lloyd (Air Force)
    135-lbs.: Pat Lynch (Army) dec. Jeremy Homan (Air Force)
    170-lbs.: Ryan Voka (Army) dec. Evin Negron (Air Force)
    140-lbs.: Alex Rendon (Army) dec. Adam Vance (Air Force)
    175-lbs.: Obidiu Tacob (Army) dec. Shane Malkin (Air Force)
    175-lbs.: John Baxter (Army) dec. Andrew Quijano (Air Force)
    190-lbs.: Stuart Osbourne (Army) rsc-2 John Rausch-Davis (Air Force)
    200-lbs.: Andrew Chonowski (Army) rsc-3 William Boyles (Air Force)
    205-lbs.: Robert Smith (Army) dec. Chris Crouch (Air Force)
    208-lbs.: Tom Payne (Army) rsc-2 David Bullock (Air Force)


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