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Bengal Bouts: Quarterfinals, 198 pounds

Observer Sports Writers | Thursday, March 3, 2011

Daniel Yi def. Eric “What the” Frick

Yi began the match by taking advantage of his long arms, repeatedly jabbing Frick. It didn’t take Frick long to respond, however, and he knocked Yi off balance after trapping the Sorin College freshman against the ropes. Yi batted away a powerful punch from Frick early in the second round, and battled his way out of a dangerous situation after being backed into the ropes. The Siegfried sophomore again went on the attack at the beginning of the third round, but Yi successfully fended off Frick and was named the winner by unanimous decision.

Chris Sarkis def. Evan Wray

Sarkis advanced by a medical scratch.

Daniel Hyzak def. James Hasson

Hyzak got off to a rough start, becoming off balance and hopping around before being out on the ropes by the off campus senior Hasson. The off-campus law student Hyzak rebounded, however, throwing some impressive connecting right jabs. Hasson’s agility enabled him to duck Hyzak’s punches before throwing a huge right hook of his own about midway through the second round. The rest of the round was highlighted by close-range body shots. A hotly contested third round saw the two fighters exchange jabs before Hyzak was able to connect on a couple jabs. Hyzak took the split decision for the win.

Brian “Caesar” Salat def. Jordan Smith

In a defensive oriented first round full of hands up and ducking, neither fighter was able to get any clean shots on the other. When the off campus senior Smith got put on the ropes in the second round, he was able to escape and land a powerful left jab on the Zahm sophomore Salat. The two right-handers traded a series of left jabs before Salat broke through with a potent left hook. In a close bout, Salat emerged with the split decision win.