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Exciting night of Bengal Bouts resumes

Dan Tapetillo | Friday, February 27, 2004

During the second night of the 74th annual Bengal Bouts, the 170-pound weight division began itspreliminary rounds. The weight class began with freshman Brian Sefton defeating junior John “The Undertaker” Baker. Sefton will go on to face No. 1 seed Tommy Demko in the quarterfinals. Demko received a bye in the preliminaries. The second fight was between Morrissey junior Jeff “Headshot” Schaal and Zahm senior Patrick “The Irish Curse” McGarry. McGarry won in a unanimous decision despite a receiving a hard blow to the face that caused him to bleed. McGarry will face Matthew “Touch me, I’ll sue” Smith in the quarterfinals. Smith, an off campus law student defeated St. Ed’s sophomore Bill Bordogna. The fourth fight in the division was between senior James “The Warden” Ward and freshman Stephan Humphrey. Ward defeated Humphrey and will go on to face John “Yaz Wojo Yaz” Wahoske. Wahoske won his preliminary fight against law student Jeff Robinson in a unanimous decision. In the sixth fight, law student Brian Nicholson came out to be the victor over senior Nick “The Silent Assassin” Nanovic. Nicholson will face senior Matt Knust in the quarterfinals. Knust defeated freshman Alex Harty in what proved to be an all-out brawl. Harty dominated the fight during the first round, but could not hold on. Knust’s endurance proved to be a key advantage in the unanimous win.

180 poundsThe first fight in the 180-pound weight division was a split decision victory for freshman Adam “Alpha Fox” Frisch. Frisch defeated Zahm sophomore Pat Brown. Frisch had several key headshots to give him the advantage in the fight. Frisch will fight junior Jim Christoforetti in the quarterfinals.Senior Denis Sullivan defeated freshman Nick Curcio in a unanimous decision. Sullivan will face senior Brent “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Burish in the quarterfinals. Burish defeated sophomore Nick “Brooklyn” Klein in a split decision after a relentless second round. Graduate student Josh “The Garden” Noem and Patrick “Me Wants Honeycombs” Merrell. Noem defeated Merrell in a split decision. Merrell began the fight with a fall and was unable to maintain balance throughout most of the fight. Despite a slow start, Noem picked up the tempo of the fight in the second round and continued until the finish. Noem will fight senior Eric Callahan in the quarterfinals who received a first round bye. The final fight in the 180-pound weight division was between sophomore Robert Lochridge and Siegfried junior Chris Henschen. This fight proved to be one of the most intense fights of the night. Both fighters fell during the fight and Lochridge received a bloody nose during the second round that continued to bleed throughout the fight. Henschen defeated Lochrige in a unanimous decision.

Light heavyweightsStanford junior Mike Abel defeated senior Michael Denkelwalter in the first fight of light heavyweight competition. Abel opened up the fight with a series of headshots to Denkelwater that caused him to bleed. Abel won in a split decision. In the final fight of the night, freshman Eric “The Red” Retter came out as the victor over senior Mike Ragsdale. Retter came out strong with a series of headshots that caused Ragsdale to lose his balance. Retter will face Johnny Griffin in the quarterfinals.

Dan Tapetillojtapetil@nd.edu