Naval Academy Wins Two Titles at Collegiate Boxing Championships
Gary €Digital€ Williams | 4/8/2009, 3:07 p.m.
In front of a raucous crowd at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum, boxers from four of the country's service academies captured 10 of 12 individual titles at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Collegiate Boxing Championships.
The US Naval Academy won two titles.
Mike Steadman won his second straight 175-pound title, defeating Sam Greenwood of The Citadel. Steadman was named the outstanding boxer for participants 147 pounds and over.
"We've fought six times before and this is the first time I've beaten him," Steadman said. "This just feels great. Boxing is the best thing that ever happened to me."
Evan Nordstrom won the 195-pound championship, defeating Patrick Frost of the US Coast Guard Academy by RSC-2. For the second year in a row, the team trophy went to the US Military Academy. Army boxers won four titles with two of the championships going to defending champions. Danilo Garcia captured his second straight 125-pound title defeating Jake Winowich of Penn State University.
Garcia also captured the Outstanding Boxer trophy for participants under 147 pounds. In the 156-pound category, Ryle Stous won his second title in his second weight class, defeated Ryan Kotey of University of Nevada-Reno. Stous was the champion at 165-pounds last year. Last year, Kotey won the 156-pound championship.
In the heavyweight category, Army boxer Cedric Frasier won the championship over the Navy's Nathan Jester. Also, Terrell Anthony of the US Military Academy won the 139-pound class by medical walkover against Antone Aku of the Naval Academy. Despite being unable to participate in the final because of a cut along his eye, Aku won the tournament's Sportsmanship Award.
The US Air Force Academy won three titles. Matt DeMars won the 112-pound title defeating Logan Hershman of the Naval Academy while Jesse Horton captured the 119-pound championship with a victory over the US Military Academy's Andrew Manglicmont. Also, Boyce Loomis won the 185-pound crown with a win over Army boxer Jody Chapman.
In other title bouts, Travis Murray of the US Coast Guard Academy won the 165-pound title with a victory over the Army's Will Myers. Marc Sanchez of San Jose State won the 132-pound championship, defeating Jarrell Hill of Mansfield University and Jamyle Cannon of the University of Kentucky captured the 147-pound title with a win over Steve Henoa-Escobar of the US Military Academy.
Among the guests was Ben Alperstein, a member of the Maryland Boxing team who was the first athlete to win a national title in any sport at the University of Maryland, and legendary writer and historian Bert Randolph Sugar, a DC native who was a member of Maryland€s last varsity boxing team in 1955.
"What I love about the team aspect of this is the brotherhood," Sugar said. €I'm just excited to be here.€ District Boxing Hall of Famer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones served as ring announcer.