The Penn State club boxing team will host eight schools this weekend at the White Building gymnasium for the Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association Regional Boxing Tournament. The hometown Penn State team, Army, and Lock Haven are the favorites heading into the tournament’s Friday start, which will also include fighters from the Coast Guard Academy, VMI, Shippensburg, Georgetown, Maryland, and UMass.
The tournament is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, with boxing kicking off at the same time on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s championship round will decide which boxers and which school take home the regional title. Penn State has a great chance at coming out victorious on Sunday thanks to a tough conditioning program implemented by the coaching staff. Head coach Jack Rohrabaugh may be tough on the team, but it pays off every year as the Penn State boxers are perennial contenders, even if you didn’t know that Penn State has a boxing team. The team runs mornings and practices nights, training with three-minute rounds for conditioning, since the tournament features only two-minute rounds.
Students looking to attend can buy a one-day pass for $5, or a weekend pass for $12. Non-students can also attend, and it’ll run you $8 for a one-day pass or $15 for a weekend pass.
The boxing national championships start on April 5th at the Air Force Academy, featuring the top three fighters in each weight class. Penn State expects to have some of their own making the trip, and a strong performance this weekend could solidify a spot for some boxers.