Foxwoods Casino Resort in Connecticut and nearby US Coast Guard Academy hosted the 38th National Collegiate Boxing Ass’n championship tournament on the weekend of April 4-6.
Nineteen colleges and universities participated, with nine schools advancing boxers to the championship round in twelve weight classes. A total of 65 bouts took place over the 3-day period. As usual, the military academies dominated, with Army (West Point) regaining the team title after a year’s hiatus. The defending champion, Air Force, finished second. The host school, Coast Guard, had their finest finish ever, coming in third. ESPN carried the final night. Legendary New England promoter Al Valenti did a yeoman job as coordinator, and famed professional referee Steve “Sextuple S” Smoger was Celebrity Guest. “I’m impressed with the quality of the competition,” observed the redoubtable ref.
112 – Andrew Pineda, USAFA, dec Vikromjit Parmar, PSU, 5-0
119 – Ceon Harris, USMA, dec Dave Martinez, PSU, 3-2
125 – Jeramias Ortiz, USMA, dec Roy Taylor, USAFA, 5-0
132 – Josh Lopez, UMass, dec Kevin Jones, USMA, 3-2
139 - Emmanuel Osei, USMA, dec Gabriel Sanchez, San Jose State, 5-0
147 – Sebastian Mims, USMA, dec Norberto Perez, USCGA, 5-0
156 – Zach Hilderbrandt, USMA, dec Noah Weintraub, USNA, 4-1
165- - Josh Surgeon, USCGA, dec Denis Vorobyov, USAFA, 5-0
175 – Taylor Tennyson, USCGA, dec Josh Qunitana, USMA, 3-2
185 – Josue Gaytan-Garcia, UNV-Reno, dec Liam Spellane, IUP, 5-0
195 – Jon Maddux, USMA, dec Keon Briscoe, USNA, 5-0
Hvy – Olawale Lawal, USAFA, dec Max Goldwasser, USNA, 5-0
Team winner was USMA, 2nd place USAFA, 3rd USCGA.
USAFA = Air Force Academy, USMA = Military Acad. (West Point), USNA = Naval Acad. (Annapolis), USCGA = Coast Guard Acad., PSU = Penn State, UMass = University of Massachusetts, UNV-Reno = U. of Nevada at Reno, IUP = Indiana University of Pennsylvania