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Bengal Bouts (Preliminaries): Bouts begin with preliminaries

Ernst Cleofe and Peter Steiner | Monday, February 13, 2012

165 pounds

Inoh “Lights Out” Choe def. John Ryan

The fight began with the senior Choe immediately on the attack as he landed many powerful punches on the sophomore Ryan. Though Ryan was able to connect on a few long-armed jabs, the smaller Choe was able to avoid many of the swings and counter with a strong right hook.

It was clear Choe held the advantage after two rounds, but Ryan continued his efforts. Both boxers proved their stamina in a furiously paced third round, but Choe maintained the advantage by backing Ryan into the ropes and cornering him numerous times. In a good showing, Choe defeated Ryan in a unanimous decision.

Dan Griess def. Danny “Unleash the Danimal” Chapman

To start the match, the sophomore Griess and the senior Chapman traded blows in close quarters. Both boxers moved in and landed a few quick jabs, but then backed out.

In the second and third rounds, Griess was able to gain ground on Chapman, who had difficulties connecting on any jabs to the head. Griess was persistent in his attacks and was able to counter most of Chapman’s advances by dodging and attacking. Even a few strong punches from Chapman at the end could not prevent Griess from claiming victory in a unanimous decision.

Dallas Bunsa def. Thinh “Wobidy Wobbly Wobble” Le

After the referee’s signal, the junior Bunsa and the graduate student Le traded punches consistently with both fighters attacking in a similar fashion. Neither Le nor Bunsa held the advantage after an extremely even first round.

Le sprinted out of the break with an aggressive array of solid jabs to the head. Le’s pace slowed near the end of the second round and he appeared very tired. Bunsa took the opportunity to connect on a few punches soon before the second round ended. Bunsa defeated Le after the referee stopped the contest after the second round.

Alex “Goodness” Grace def. Sebastian “The Hispanic Causing Panic” de las Casas

Immediately after the bell rang, the MBA student Grace began at a fierce and furious pace. The much shorter de las Casas was unable to land many jabs on Grace, who displayed his skill throughout the match. Grace relied on a powerful right hook and solid left jab to attack the sophomore de las Casas, who couldn’t make any headway against the MBA student.

While de las Casas never gave in, Grace took the unanimous decision with a dominating performance.

Murphy Lester def. Andrew “The Juggernaut” Ofsonka

The sophomore Lester earned a two-round win in his fight with the senior Ofsonka.

Ofsonka started the first round strong, but an early flurry by Lester proved to be the difference. Lester pressed closer to his opponent and used quick punches to keep Ofsonka off balance. By using his quickness and aggression, Lester kept Ofsonka against the ropes and caused two falls in the round. After the second fall, the fight was called giving Lester the win.

Chris LaCosta def. Pat “Mustang” O’Hea

The senior LaCosta showed off his boxing ability during his victory over the freshman O’Hea. In the first round, LaCosta brought out his speed. After moving in closer, he lashed out with quick punches that O’Hea struggled with.

The second round started off promising for O’Hea with a strong opening hook. But in the latter part of the round, LaCosta upped his activity and kept O’Hea off balance.

But in the third round, LaCosta steadily pulled away. Despite trying to counter, O’Hea became worn out by LaCosta’s speed. The fight ended in a unanimous decision for LaCosta.

Steve “One Man” Wandor def. Kevin Phan

By using his size and strength, the junior Wandor defeated the sophomore Phan. Wandor opened the fight with the effective strategy of using his length to keep Phan away from his body. Phan kept up with Wandor with a high effort level.

In the second round, Wandor stuck with his strategy and started to pull away in the fight. After the second round, Wandor changed his strategy and started to become the aggressor.

But his aggression moved him closer to Phan, who capitalized and took this chance to get in solid hits. But this last effort from Phan was not enough, and Wandor still earned the unanimous decision.

Alex “El Gatito Loco” Oloriz def. Alex Yurkowski

The junior Oloriz used his shiftiness successfully to counter the sophomore Yurkowski.

Despite Yurkowski’s efforts to get in hits, Oloriz constantly dodged his punches and quickly countered, landing combination after combination.

While the second round continued in the same pattern, Yurkowski tried to change strategies in the third round by turning up his aggressiveness. Oloriz still dodged his punches and landed counters, winning in a unianimous decision.

171 Pounds

Zach “Dallas” Harris def. David “No Way No” Howe

From the very beginning the match was an even battle, although the junior Harris could connect on a few more good punches. The sophomore Howe would regain the advantage by backing Harris into the ropes and then landing powerful jabs. Neither Harris nor Howe were afraid to enter the fray, as both could answer each other’s advances. When one boxer seemed to build momentum, the other would soon counter with a flurry of jabs. After three rounds, Harris claimed victory over Howe in a split decision.

Patrick Spittler def. Griffin Norman

The fight commenced with the senior Spittler attacking the freshman Norman with a series of quick punches. After the first round, neither boxer held a sizeable advantage.

In the final two rounds, Norman attempted jabs to Spittler’s body, but the senior would counter with unrelenting blows. Spittler utilized a strong left jab, and he continued to build his advantage through the final round. In a tough bout from both sides, Spittler defeated Norman in a unanimous decision.

Luke “Cool Hand Luke” Murphy def. Jake “The Dancing Bear” Baranek

After the bell rang, the sophomore Murphy and the senior Baranek traded punches in a slow first round. Murphy was able to land a solid first punch, but neither boxer made much progress. Throughout the match, Baranek and Murphy would tie each other up in close quarters, causing a stoppage by the referee.

Baranek displayed a few good stretches in the second and third rounds, but they were not enough to overcome Murphy, whose stamina prevailed in the final round. Murphy took the win in a split decision over Baranek.

Pat “the Hit Man” Bishop def. James “Jimbo Slice” Heisler

The junior Bishop won the battle between two fighters with similar fighting styles, as both Bishop and the freshman Heisler fought with aggression. As one finished an aggressive attempt, the other went right back at him.

In the first round, Bishop outmaneuvered Heisler in tight spaces and set the tone for the fight. Bishop capitalized in the second round with his length. In the same style of fighting, Bishop used his length to reach around the blocks. In the last round, Heisler attempted to keep up with Bishop. Bishop fended off Heisler with his length, leading him to the unanimous win.

Jeff “Little Bear” Ulrich def. Tik “Tick Boom” Ishizuka

The entire fight was a technical battle between the junior Ulrich and the MBA student Ishizuka. Ulrich fought using length to try to counter Ishizuka’s intensity and quickness. The first round was a close battle, with Ishizuka attempting to shorten the space between the fighters.

In the second round Ishizuka started off with energy, but Ulrich dominated the middle of the round by keeping Ishizuka away from him. In the final round, Ulrich earned the victory despite early exchanges by both fighters. By quickly throwing punches, he forced Ishizuka to fight from a distance. Ulrich won in a unanimous decision.

Bryan Cooley def. Brett “The Jet” Geschke

In the early round, the law student Geschke started off well with fast sets of hits, but the freshman Cooley kept the fight close by countering and picking his spots.

The second round brought a swing in momentum. Cooley learned from the first round and came out with relentless energy. The third round found both fighters starting with aggressiveness, but Cooley eventually outlasted Geschke and earned the unanimous decision victory.

180 pounds

Dan Winnike def. Charles “Bronson” Drury

The fight kicked off with a furious battle between the sophomore Winnike and the law student Drury, but the match soon slowed down to a more manageable pace. Winnike and Drury both preferred to engage each other, throw two punches and then back out again.

Consequently, neither fighter appeared to have an advantage after two rounds.

In the third round, the quick series of punches continued, but Winnike was able to get the better of Drury with strong jabs. In the end, Winnike defeated Drury in a split decision.

Joe “Send in the Troll” Garrity def. Peter “Yamez” Ingallinera

The bout between freshman Ingallinera and senior Garrity began with both boxers trading solid punches. But after the first round, Garrity gained the advantage by unleashing a fury of powerful blows. Though Ingallinera continued to throw punches, Garrity was able to avoid many of the freshman’s swings.

Garrity continued his attack after multiple stoppages by the referee and in the end, he claimed victory when the referee stopped the bout in the third round.

Hank Duden def. Jack Healy

When the bell rang to begin the match, the sophomore Duden came out strong, always entering the battle first. The junior Healy, meanwhile, waited for Duden’s attack and attempted to counter. Both boxers continued their efforts, each gaining the advantage at some point during the match.

Duden and Healy were able to back the other into the ropes and deliver potent jabs. Both fighters even lost their mouthguards at times in the match. In the end, Duden’s consistently powerful blows to Healy helped him claim the split decision.

Eric “P-Rex” Palutsis def. O’Neil “Oh No!” Peart

The freshman Palutsis came out with a victory against MBA student Peart. Despite the unanimous decision, the fight was one of the closer bouts in the latter half of the action.

In the first round, Peart appeared to have the advantage with Palutsis being forced to back away into the ropes. Peart capitalized early with streaks on Palutsis on the ropes.

Peart kept up his intensity in the second round and Palutsis seemed to be overwhelmed. Then, momentum shifted. Palutsis started to counter faster and stopped Peart from keeping close to him.

In the third round, Palutsis used his adjustments and started to throw quick jabs to keep Peart from extending. Palutsis finished the match by pushing forward and forcing Peart to stop the combinations. Palutsis’ adjustments were the key in his unanimous win.

Nick “The Lancaster Disaster” Grasberger def. Mike Petravick

In a methodical fight, both fighters slowly but strategically progressed through the bout. The first round showed the senior Grasberger and the junior Petravick feeling each other out, with neither gaining a significant advantage.

Grasberger jumped out to an early start to the second round by driving Petravick into the ropes. Grasberger used speed to close the gap and keep Petravick from responding.

The third round started with the fighters exchanging body blows. Grasberger then reacted by hitting Petravick with body blows and throwing a few spurts of head-shots. Grasberger earned the unanimous decision.

Steve “Kraska, Steve” Kraska def. Danny Caton

In a close fight, the junior Kraska and the junior Caton had multiple swings in momentum with both trading time in the lead. In the first round, as the fighters judged the style of their opponent, Kraska was opportunistic and found spots to throw punches.

In the second round, Kraska lost ground as Caton started the round with intensity and landed a few open shots.

Then, in the third, Caton tried to take the round by rushing Kraska, but Kraska held his ground and threw solid counters against the pressure. Kraska defeated Caton in a close split decision.

188 Pounds

John Mapelli def. Justin Rumps

Soon after the referee’s signal, both fighters’ techniques became clear. Mapelli was able to deliver quick, successive blows, while Rumps landed a few more powerful punches.

The second round began again with a strong start from Mapelli, but Rumps soon countered with a vicious right hook. After a few stoppages to fix Rumps’ nose, Mapelli continued his quick assaults on Rumps. Even though Rumps connected with more powerful punches, Mapelli’s consistent jabs earned him the split decision in a battle of sophomores.

Carl Ianiro def. Max “The Mayor” Maier

The first round of this bout between the junior Maier and the sophomore Ianiro consisted of a few short battles, in which neither fighter gained a significant advantage. Maier was able to push Ianiro into the ropes on numerous occasions in the second round, but Ianiro connected on a few left jabs to keep the match close.

Then in the third round, Ianiro delivered strong counter punches to Maier’s attacks and gained the advantage in these short tussles. With a slightly better third round, Ianiro defeated Maier.

Matt Enzweiler def. Michael Worthington

The junior Enzweiler beat the MBA student Worthington in a close fight in which both fighters liked to keep the action in close quarters. Initially, Worthington took advantage of his quickness and power, which left Enzweiler unable to properly counter.

But momentum shifted in Enzweiler’s favor in the second round. Enzweiler stayed patient and started to shorten his punch movement, which led to Worthington staying on the edges of the ring.

The third round continued the same strategies. But it was Enzweiler who stayed consistent with solid combinations throughout the round. Enzweiler was named the victor unanimously.

204 Pounds

Tom “Son of Ted” Carnevale def. Ryan “Rhino” Lim

The fight began with a furious attack from the senior Carnevale, while the freshman Lim attempted to counter with jabs to the body. Both boxers were able to connect solid punches, but Carnevale seemed to hold the advantage after the first round.

The second round began like the first, but Lim was able to work his way back into the fight with a few solid offensive maneuvers. The pace of the third round was much slower and Carnevale displayed impressive jabs. At the end of the match, Carnevale took home the win in a unanimous decision.

Evan “Heavy Duty” Escobedo def. Nick “Tha Donz” Donnelly

When the bell rang, the freshman Escobedo began the bout with the upper hand, delivering powerful punches to the sophomore Donnelly. Behind raucous crowd support, Escobedo finished the first round clearly on top.

Donnelly, however, started out the second and third rounds strongly, landing jabs to the body and head of Escobedo. Though Escobedo was less aggressive in the final rounds, he finished strongly with a few potent punches. Even after two fairly even final rounds,

Escobedo’s finish helped him defeat Donnelly in a split decision.

Ricky “Scooter” Neville def. Tom “Deuce” Reilly.

The sophomore Neville overwhelmed the senior Reilly early to earn the victory. Neville used efficient blows in tight spaces. In the middle of the first round, the referee paused the fight due to Reilly’s bloody nose, brought on by Neville’s blows.

Then, in the second round, Neville’s quick hits reopened the bloody nose, which prompted the referee to call the contest in Neville’s favor.

Brian “Caesar” Salat def. Robert Hammer

In the last fight of the night, the junior Salat earned the victory against the sophomore Hammer. In the first round, the two fighters traded hits early. Then, Salat pulled away by starting to push forward against Hammer.

Salat continued to dominate by moving Hammer into the ropes with quick body blows. Then, Salat finished off the night in overwhelming fashion with an all-out offense on Hammer.

Hammer eventually tired out and let down his defense, allowing Salat to seal the victory with a unanimous decision.

 

Contact Ernst Cleofe at ecleofe@nd.edu and Peter Steiner at psteiner@nd.edu