Boxing has strong showing at LHU Invitational

Alex Wahl
Staff Writer
ajw7885@lhup.edu

 

BoxingThe Lock Haven University boxing club showed their strength and brutality on Saturday, February 28 at the 36th annual LHU Collegiate Boxing Invitational at the Thomas Fieldhouse.

At the preliminary card during the afternoon, Lock Haven’s Vito Aiello fell to Clinton McHenry from West Virginia University by a judge’s decision.

The last Lock Haven boxer for the preliminary card, David Chung, fell by a judge’s decision to Matt Whitcomb from U.S. Military Academy.

To start the main card in the evening, McKayla Myers got the night on a strong note by defeating Penn State University’s Jodie Villegas by decision.

Two matches later, Tafari Gravesande fought tough, but fell by a judge’s decision to Penn State’s Pierce Hessinger.

The fifth match of the night featured LHU’s Zack Rice and Tylik Guilford from Shippensburg University. It was a hard-fought battle for both, but it was Guilford who earned the judge’s decision.

For the eight match of the night, Youssouf Ba of Lock Haven lost by a judge’s decision to Angel Reyes from the U.S. Military Academy.

Lock Haven lost back-to-back matches with Zaire All and Cristian Morales losing to Derrick Wagoner and Chirstian Bledsoe from the U.S. Military Academy.

Boxing 2The main event featured Lock Haven’s Ryan Thompson and U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Daniel Monarez. The fans that packed the Thomas Fieldhouse were fired up for the last match. Ryan Thompson sent the fans home happy with a victory to end the night.

Lock Haven’s head coach, Ken Cooper, was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I thought we boxed well overall,” said Cooper. “Right now you always want to win because the money’s on the table for regionals and a national championship.”

The Lock Haven University boxing club returns to action on March 13th for a three day tournament at West Point Military Academy for the regional championships, where some of Lock Haven’s boxers will look for a spot at the National Collegiate Boxing Association championships.

 Photos courtesy of Alex Wahl

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