Bengal Bouts: Quarterfinals, 140 pounds
Tim Singler, Andrew Owens, Matt Robison, Kaitlyn Murphy, Megan Finneran, Molly Sammon and Chris Alle | Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Michael Johnston def. Kareem “Stunna” Salem
The senior Johnston pinned Salem against the ropes a few times as he was able to land many punches in his unanimous victory. By rushing the law student against the ropes, Johnston was able to outlast Salem as his energy depleted towards the end of the match. Johnston’s quick feet allowed him to evade a few of Salem’s punches.
Brian “The Good Thief” Heath def. Andrew “The A-Train” Ziccarelli
Ziccarelli and Heath had a hard-fought first round in which the fighters exchanged some punches and struggled to set an early tone.
Heath, a senior, controlled the second round and ended with a strong finish. Although Heath tallied some big jabs on Ziccarelli, the junior from Dillon Hall held on for a bit longer.
Heath, however, proved to be too much in the final round, sealing the victory with a strong showing, highlighted by two big punches on Ziccarelli. He won in a split decision.
Nick “Bronco” Bortolotti def. Michael “In n’ Out” Burdell
Bortolotti’s experience was evident during this match as he landed many good punches against the senior Burdell. The sophomore Bortolotti connected a number of times in the second round. Burdell fought a tough match but came up short. Bortolotti won by unanimous decision.
Albert Toscano def. Matthew Dobleman
Toscano proved to be a relentless fighter with a strong effort early and often. Although each fighter shared a lot of intensity in round one, the sophomore Toscano simply would not go down.
Toscano was the clear leader heading into the final round, and he finished strong to earn the victory in a unanimous decision.