Observer Sports Staff | Friday, March 2, 2018
Chris Dethlefs — 141 lbs
Dethlefs’ raw power is evident in every punch he throws. That strength, combined with his rapid speed, makes him a formidable fighter who barely gives his opponents a moment to think before throwing his first punch to their head. While many fighters will aim all their hits at their opponents’ heads, Dethlefs utilizes a variety of punches to take down his opponents. Taking swings at all sides of the head and then shocking his opponent with a punch to the gut, Dethlefs uses his dynamic technique to hit opponents where they least expect it.
Thomas “Tommy Gun” Manno — 141 lbs
Manno stays cool, calm and collected in the ring. His patience and endurance allow him to capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes and lack of energy as the bout draws on. The senior takes a more aggressive approach in the third round, and once he starts an attack, he continues to capitalize on his opponent’s inability to counter. Movement around the ring and mixing up his levels make Manno difficult to predict, and opponents never know what might be coming next. He is a rare combination of dynamism and precision, and his patience and endurance allow him to use it to his advantage throughout the three rounds.
Joaquin “Hindi Humuhupa” Camara — 148 lbs
Camara’s confidence in the ring shows. Even though this is only his second year fighting in the tournament, he looks sure of his strengths and how to use his skill set. The Keenan senior brings an arsenal of combinations to the ring, making it tough for his opponent to read him. But it also cannot be ignored that the speed of his combinations is threatening in a fight. Defensively, Camara limits his opponents with a smart defensive stance that he maintains throughout the fight, but he knows how to convert these defensive positions into offensive opportunities via counters. He anticipates his opponent’s attacks and responds quickly with an agility that is difficult to match.
Matthew “The Fightin’ Amish” Yoder — 148 lbs
Yoder is an intelligent fighter with a quick, precise style. He is not as quick to take the offensive as some of his teammates; but what the senior lacks in pure aggressiveness, he makes up for in a calculated and efficient use of energy. He is not afraid to let his opponent make the first move, but that challenger should be prepared for a strong and nearly-unbreakable defensive shield should he throw the first punch. He wears his opponents down with quick punches to the head and maintains the intensity of his fighting style until the very end of each round.
Michael “The K.O.” Feijoo — 154 lbs
Feijoo’s low, catlike fighting style allows him to steal valuable hits from opponents before they see them coming. The junior boxes low, using the bend in his knees and a steady sway to corner opponents into the ropes and explode there. While he times his attacks well, his patience does sometimes work to his disadvantage, as opponents are able to throw punches in the interim periods of Feijoo’s attacks. However, the way he overwhelms his opponents with powerful punches and technique is enough to make up for any points given up in his more vulnerable periods.
Steven “Beefcake” Ramos — 154 lbs
Power is key for Ramos. The senior stands up tall when he boxes, but he is unshaken when opponents try to take advantage. Ramos hits with a strength that leaves opponents unable to counter and keeps it coming once he finds an opportunity. However, Ramos does not always need to seek out those offensive moves. His ability to wait out his opponents until they make a mistake that leaves them scrambling to catch up gives Ramos the chance to capitalize on their vulnerability.
Johnny Link — 162 lbs
Despite being one of the shorter fighters in his weight class, Link is an aggressive fighter who likes to set his match’s pace. He forces his opponent onto the ropes and minimizes the space between his opponent, so as to take away the reach advantage his opponent might have. One of the sophomore’s other strengths lies in the fact that he is not afraid of taking punches, which allows him to capitalize on opportunities for better hits on his opponent.
Joey “Mrong” Quinones — 162 lbs
A senior captain, Quinones utilizes his experience, evidenced by his control in the ring. Quinones carefully evaluates his decisions and never looks disorganized or flustered, even when in a tough spot against the ropes or on defense. Quinones also excels when he successfully uses clean combinations that take advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses.
Danny “No Chill” Childers — 165 lbs
Childers is a patient fighter who waits for his opponent to open himself up for a hit. Childers does not let his punches go to waste and lands his hits with precision. The Keough senior also uses his long reach to his advantage by landing hits that catch opponents off guard. His technique allows him to control the pace of his matches.
Mike “Deez” Luchini — 165 lbs
Luchini, a rookie fighter, has worked his way through his first tournament to the finals. What Luchini lacks in experience, he makes up for in power. He knows how to pack a punch, quite literally, with loads of strength. By making each one of his hits effective, the Fisher Hall junior efficiently wears down opponents. Since he has not fought quite as often as a lot of other boxers in the finals, his offense is his best defense. He might take a punch or two, but he often responds to his opponents’ attempts to attack with hits of his own, creating offense-heavy rounds that benefit his fighting style.
Paddy Lawler —170 lbs
Lawler is one of the most experienced and aggressive fighters left in the tournament. The senior’s fighting style is highlighted by his conditioning — which allows him to contest for the entirety of each round — and his powerful hooks. His ability to move around the ring makes it difficult for his opponents to land too many hits.
Patrick “Payday” Yerkes – 170 lbs
Yerkes is not afraid to take hits, preferring to strike when his opponent becomes more vulnerable. His defense is impressive, as he blocks big hits efficiently and uses his quick feet to move around the ring and wear his opponent down. The senior will unleash a series of quick hits to the torso and head whenever his opponent is tiring out, an effective maneuver that makes him dangerous in the final minutes of a match. Yerkes also prefers to keep his opponents in the corner while he works them up with a barrage of strong hits.
Wes “Hit and Run” Chamblee – 178 lbs
Chamblee is a patient fighter who waits for his best chance to strike rather than going on a senseless barrage. Once Chamblee has tested his opponents, he quickly starts exploiting their weakness. An opponent who cannot stand up to Chamblee’s patience could struggle because the junior will take numerous hard and quick shots to his opponent’s torso and head, preferring to wear his foe down with body shots. Chamblee’s right hook is a force to be reckoned with, as it can force opponents against the ropes.
Jack “One Ayyyyyyyye” McDermott – 178 lbs
McDermott is a defensive-minded fighter who excels in dodging and blocking opponent’s punches, countering them with strong, straight punches. The O’Neill junior has nimble feet and uses them to his advantage to duck punches, avoid corner traps and deliver quick hits to his opponents. McDermott employs the technique of moving around the exterior sides of the ring constantly to tire out his opponents.
Cam “Crash Cadillac” Nolan — 186 lbs
Nolan is a strong and patient boxer; he will not force anything and will land strong hooks with either arm when he sees an opening. Opponents will have a hard time keeping up with the junior’s quick strikes and one-two combos. His most powerful weapon might be his left hook, which has rattled opponents. His height gives him even more of an advantage against fighters in his weight class. Nolan uses his strength and sturdy defense to maintain a solid footing that is difficult to interrupt.
Michael “Mr. Saturday Night Special” Krecek — 186 lbs
With some of the quickest hips and feet in the tournament, Krecek excels at finding his way out of corner traps. His corner defense is strong, and his overall defense is solid as well. Early in the match, the junior will try to impose his will on opponents with a flurry of quick strikes to both the torso and head. His hits to the head leave opponents stunned as he delivers powerful punches. Krecek will try to win his bouts as early as possible, giving 100 percent in the opening minutes.
Montana “Louisianimal” Giordano — 204 lbs
Giordano will go straight at his opponents from the start of the match. Using his height to his advantage, the junior will strike with lightning-quick punches to the torso, though he prefers to aim for his opponent’s head. Giordano also defends well, blocking efficiently while not being afraid to concede shots to the body, so long as he can see his opponent’s moves. Giordano can control the match with ease if his opponent is not quick enough or cannot make up for the height difference.
Jackson “Dollafists” Wrede — 204 lbs
A seasoned fighter, Wrede knows when to strike and has outstanding defense to compliment his offensive savvy. Wrede’s strong punches allow him to take his time in finding holes in his opponent’s defense because when he strikes, he will make sure his opponent remembers each punch. The Knott Hall senior can also unleash a flurry of strong punches and hooks while blocking most strikes and using his quick hips to dodge a lot of opponent’s punches.
Pat “The Quiet Man” Gordon — Heavyweight
Gordon utilizes one of the quickest one-two combo punches in the program and has years of experience in boxing. The senior has a strong left hook — he can land two straight to an opponent’s head before they even react. Trying to match Gordon’s intensity will be difficult to do, as he feeds off his opponent’s energy. Employing some of the best footwork in the program, Gordon is also hard to hit, as he evades punches well. His combo is deadly because of how quickly the second punch comes in, making defending against it a daunting task.
Ryan “Eat at Yaz’s” Richelsen — Heavyweight
Richelsen prides himself on his great defense. He is able to avoid one-two punches fairly well and keeps his distance from opponents. When in close quarters, the junior can use his quick feet to outmaneuver his opponents. With the ability to dodge punches and counter them with strong torso shots, Richelsen is also able to use one-two counters to execute powerful head strikes. Richelsen likes to push his opponents towards the ropes, where he can increase the intensity of his strike count.