The Zanesville Police Athletic League boxing team competed in the Junior World Team Open tournament last week, earning awards and experience.
Akeem Mayle reached the final of the week-long ranking tournament, facing Eric Murguia, of Slymar, Calif., in the 165-pound division. The first round almost was even between the two. Mayle tried to get the edge inside, and Murguia used his reach advantage on the outside. Mayle cramped up in the final round, allowing Murguia to get ahead in points and win 21-13 based on computer scoring.
Since Mayle was the silver medalist, he will be the alternate for the upcoming Junior World Open in August in Kiev, Ukraine. Mayle will train with the team, and in the event Murguia can not go, Mayle will be the next option to represent Team USA.
Andrew Weaver faced Alex Rodriguiz of Sparks, Nev., in preliminary competition in the 119-pound division. Weaver had a slow start, dropping the first round by eight points. He regrouped in the second, outscoring his opponent by two and made up four points in the final round. But it wasn’t enough as Weaver lost 17-15 and ended up ranked eighth nationally.
The tournament rankings are for 2013 and provide athletes the chance to represent the USA in all junior world competitions.
The Ohio State Silver Gloves tournament was held the same week in Cincinnati. Michael Chambers, Trey Toledo and Zack Roush represented Zanesville’s team.
Roush was runner-up in the final against Dean Carter, of Toledo. Chambers and Toledo both lost tough matches in the quarterfinals of their first Silver Gloves tournament.
Head cach T.J. Hartmeyer is getting a new group of athletes into shape for national competitions since many older boxers are moving into open competitions.
“At PAL, we want to have a well-rounded team using the older and more experienced athletes to train and motivate the newer ones,” he said.
The Zanesville team is in preparation for their annual “Lucky Gloves Classic” home boxing show March 16. The group will be accepting sponsorships for the event. Funds raised are used to operate PAL and to fund the boxing team.
The open division boxers are preparing for the U.S. National Championships in Spokane, Wash., and the regional Golden Gloves qualifier for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both are in April.
For more information on sponsoring the team, contact 740-450-8245 or email@example.com.