The Air Force boxing team posted a 4-2 record over its service academy opponents on Friday, Oct. 26, at the annual Service Academy Classic in Detroit, Mich. The Falcons recorded a perfect 3-0 mark against its rivals from Navy, while going 1-2 against Army.
Junior Denis Vorobyov was selected as the Academy’s Boxer of the Week award, following a 175-pound decision over Navy’s Jack Morado. Vorobyov, who impressed the coaching staff with his movement and defense for the entire three rounds, used good combinations to keep his Midshipmen opponent off-balance. Backed by quick hands and feet, the junior was able to control the bout from start to finish.
Senior Logan Brandt also competed at 175 pounds, defeating Navy’s Angelo Lonero by decision. Brandt used a short straight to send Lonero to the mat in the opening round, but the Mid got to his feet and applied pressure to Brandt in the next two rounds. Brandt earned the judges’ decision with good jabs and impressive lateral movements.
Senior Glenn Miltenberg opened the Falcons’ sweep of Navy, as he defeated Mike Mourafetis in a 155-pound bout. Miltenberg kept the pressure on Mourafetis, wearing down the Navy southpaw, before taking control in the final round. He landed several right leads in the last set, forcing the referee to issue two standing eight-counts.
Against Army, the Falcons’ lone victory came from senior Drew Pineda, the reigning 112-pound national champion. Competing in a 119-pound bout with Kyle Kiriyama, Pineda used his combinations and experience to win a hard-fought points decision.
Rounding out the lineup for Air Force was junior Stephen Bittner and senior Olawale Lawal. Bittner lost a hard-fought split decision to Army’s Ceon Harris in the 126-pound bout, while Lawal dropped a decision to Army’s Mikus Igaunis in a hard-hitting heavyweight contest.
RESULTS (AIR FORCE ONLY)
119-lbs.: Andrew Pineda (Air Force) dec. Kyle Kiriyama (Army)
126-lbs.: Ceon Harris (Army) dec. Stephen Bittner (Air Force)
155-lbs.: Glenn Miltenberg (Air Force) dec. Mike Mourafetis (Navy)
175-lbs.: Logan Brandt (Air Force) dec. Angelo Lonero (Navy)
175-lbs.: Denis Vorobyov (Air Force) dec. Jack Morado (Navy)
Hywt.: Mikus Igaunis (Army) dec. Olawale Lawal (Air Force)