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Bengal Bouts: Quarterfinals, 192 pounds

Observer Sports Writers | Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tim “The Brick” Wallace def. Pat Handy

Wallace opened the first round aggressively, but Handy ducked many of his swings. Handy lunged in for a big punch early in the second round, and fought his way out after being trapped against the ropes. However, his next punches glanced off the body of his opponent. Both fighters held back at the beginning of the third round, and it wasn’t until the round was half over that “The Brick” landed hits on Handy. The extremely evenly-fought match was decided in favor of Wallace by a split decision.

Alex Macomber def. Jack Johnson

Macomber advanced due to a medical scratch.

Bill “The Italian Stallion” Straccia def. Matt “Don’t Tell My Mom” Stolze

In a battle between off-campus seniors, Straccia came out swinging in the first round, hammering Stolze with a string of powerful left jabs. He was also able to avoid many of Stolze’s punches with his quickness and agility, darting and ducking out of the way. The attack only continued in the second round, with Straccia showcasing his repertoire with right hooks and uppercuts, forcing the referee to count. The fight, however, continued. In the third round, a flurry by Straccia forced Stolze against the ropes before Stolze escaped. With a grunt with every punch, Straccia forced Stolze to adjust his headgear on numerous occasions before ultimately grabbing a unanimous decision victory.

Mike “The Bringer of Rain” Doran def. Pat “Ryan” Griffin

Both seniors came out strong, with neither being able to gain an advantage early in the first round. Later in the round, Doran used a few punches and evasive footwork to take the upper hand.

Griffin began the second round strong with a series of jabs. But as the round wore on, Doran began to take control with uppercuts to the body and combos to the head, eventually knocking Doran to the ropes just before the bell.

In the third round, Griffin came out aggressive. However, towards the middle of the round, Griffin injured his ankle. Griffin decided to fight through the pain, but near the end of the round the referee decided to stop the contest, ruling that Griffin was too injured to continue.