Apr 4, 2014 2:00 AM by Jordan Mason
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Air Force boxing team collected five victories in eight quarterfinal bouts during the opening night of competition at the 2014 National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Championships on Thursday, April 3, at West Point's Eisenhower "Ike" Hall.
Air Force opened the night with back-to-back to victories over boxers from Washington, as freshman Adam Sumait earned a 119-pound decision over Devin Bell and senior Stephen Bittner took the decision in his 125-pound bout with Alan Vu. The Falcons added another pair of victories by decision, as sophomore Jacob Berggren defeated California's Gerald Santos at 139 pounds and junior Brandon Pitts earned a victory over West Virginia's Jeff Fuss at 175 pounds.
Senior James Monk easily advanced out of the quarterfinal round, after claiming a technical knockout in his 156-pound contest with Shippensburg's Tylik Guilford.
Three other Falcons also competed tonight in the quarterfinal round. Junior Roy Taylor suffered a narrow loss-by-decision to Army's Jeremiah Ortiz in a 132-pound bout, while sophomore Gytenis Borusas dropped a close decision to Nevada's Garrett Felling at 185 pounds. Freshman Matas Leckas rounded out the list of tonight's contenders, falling to Lock Haven's Drew Gensimore in a referee-stopped heavyweight contest.
Four other Falcons - sophomore Mateus Arcano (112 pounds), senior Sean Cork (147 pounds), senior Denis Vorobyov (165 pounds) and freshman Laurynas Galdikas (195 pounds) - earned advancements into tomorrow's semifinals after being uncontested on the opening night.
Action continues at the NCBA Championships tomorrow with the national semifinals at 7 p.m.
119-lbs.: Adam Sumait (Air Force) dec. Devin Bell (Washington)
125-lbs.: Stephen Bittner (Air Force) dec. Alan Vu (Washington)
132-lbs.: Jeremiah Ortiz (Army) dec. Roy Taylor (Air Force)
139-lbs.: Jacob Berggren (Air Force) dec. Gerald Santos (California)
156-lbs.: James Monk (Air Force) TKO Tylik Guilford (Shippensburg)
175-lbs.: Brandon Pitts (Air Force) dec. Jeff Fuss (West Virginia)
185-lbs.: Garrett Felling (Nevada) dec. Gytenis Borusas (Air Force)
Hywt.: Drew Gensimore (Lock Haven) rsc-1 Matas Leckas (Air Force)