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Boxing shows dominance at Fall Brawl

Alex Wahl
Staff Writer
ajw7885@lhup.edu

Photo courtesy of Alex Wahl

Photo courtesy of Alex Wahl

The Lock Haven University boxing team showed the community what the team is made of at the second annual Fall Brawl at the LHU East Campus Gymnasium. The event featured seven teams, including the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, Penn State University, Shippensburg University, Kutztown University, the University of Connecticut and Lock Haven. The event consisted of two cards: an afternoon card and a main card. The afternoon card, which started at 1:00 p.m., featured five matches, none of which had Lock Haven boxers. The main card, which started at 7:00 p.m., featured 12 matches with five LHU bouts. Tafari Gravesande (pictured right) and Zack Rice both earned a hard-fought win for the bald eagles. Gravesande defeated Moses Sun from the Army Academy. Rice earned a decision over Army’s Josh Melendez. Gravesande was thrilled with his victory against a very tough opponent in Sun. “I was really excited and I tried to get a really big hit,” said Gravesande. “We work really hard and my Zack always told us to take one fight at a time. I was just trying to keep myself focused, but I was happy to get the win.” The win gave Gravesande his first win in front of the home crowd. Zack Rice was also enthusiastic about his big win against Melendez. “I felt great,” said Rice. “Just getting a win in front of your home crowd is always a better feeling.” Lock Haven head boxing coach Ken Cooper was very pleased with his team’s performance. “For this time of the season, I’m very happy with where we’re at,” said Cooper. “Any type of win makes me happy, but the way they box makes me happier.” The Lock Haven University boxing team will host the 37th annual Lock Haven collegiate invitational on February 27 at Thomas Field House. The LHU Boxing team will also host the National Collegiate Boxing Association Eastern Regional tournament on the second weekend of March next year.

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