Sophomore Drew Pineda won the 112-pound national title, as the Air Force boxing team finished third in the team standings at the 2011 National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Championships late Saturday (April 9) in West Point, N.Y. Pineda is the 105th NCBA national champion in the Falcons’ impressive legacy.
Facing Army’s Ethan Issacson in the 112-pound championship, Pineda claimed the judges’ decision for his first NCBA title. Pineda’s title marks the sixth time in the last seven years that a member of the Air Force boxing team has claimed the 112-pound title at the NCBA Championships.
Four Falcons claimed NCBA All-America status based on their runner-up finishes in the championship bouts. DeMars, a two-time national champion at 112 pounds, dropped a 119-pound decision to Navy’s Tom Payne, while junior Dan Starr was decisioned at 139 pounds by Army’s Terrell Anthony. Senior Joe Silvio dropped a tight, 3-2 split decision to Nevada’s Jeremy Catalano at 156 pounds and freshman Zac Spranger dropped a close split to Army’s Mikus Igaunis.
In all, Air Force claimed eight NCBA All-America certificates. In addition to Saturday’s finishers, senior Dalton Hall (165 pounds), junior Mike McLain (175 pounds) and senior Will Keuchler (185 pounds) received NCBA All-America honors based on their third-place finishes from Friday night’s bouts.
Air Force Results
112-lbs.: Drew Pineda (Air Force) dec. Ethan Issacson (Army)
119-lbs.: Tom Payne (Navy) dec. Matt DeMars (Air Force)
139-lbs.: Terrell Anthony (Army) dec. Dan Starr (Air Force)
156-lbs.: Jeremy Catalano (Nevada) dec. Joe Silvio (Air Force)
195-lbs.: Mikus Igaunis (Army) dec. Zac Spranger (Air Force)