Joey Tsang def. Catherine “Nine Lives” North
From the moment the bell rang, Ryan Hall sophomore Catherine “Nine Lives” North and Farley Hall senior Joey Tsang rapidly fired shots against each other with neither one gaining the advantage on the other in a too-close-to-call first round. In the second round, North asserted herself while Tsang went on the defensive, and North managed to land a jab that twisted Tsang’s headgear, which called for a brief stoppage in the action. The third round was a conservative calculated defensive battle by both fighters with each fighter having trouble landing a single punch. Joey Tsang won the bout by split decision.
Kyra “She’s Got the” Powers def. Angelica “Jab Bush” Hocter
The third match of the night featured McGlinn Hall senior Kyra “She’s Got the” Powers and Flaherty Hall sophomore Angelica “Jab Bush” Hocter. Powers took the early advantage, firing rapid head and body shots while Hocter stayed disciplined in her defensive stance and tried to block punches as well as she could. In the second round, Hocter came alive and displayed her own offensive set of jabs against Powers, narrowing the gap between her and Powers. In an already too-close-to-call battle between the two, Powers and Hocter exchanged jabs from the opening to the closing bell with the match on the line. At the end Kyra “She’s Got the” Powers prevailed by split decision.
Grace “Send It” Weissend def. Ciara “Faucet” Hopkinson
Lyons Hall sophomore Ciara “Faucet” Hopkinson and Ryan Hall senior Grace “Send It” Weissend squared off in a competitive first round that made it hard for judges to determine who controlled the round. The second round was very similar to the first, with both Hopkinson and Weissend calculating one another and exchanging punches. In a deciding third round, Weissend finally broke the stalemate in the match by firing off rapid shots, including a body shot that called for a stoppage by the official. The winner by unanimous decision was Grace “Send It” Weissend.
[Editor’s Note: Hopkinson is a news writer and Weissend is a scene writer for The Observer]
Shannon “Shaka To Ya” Hennessey def. Kelly Gonzalez
Breen-Phillips Hall junior Shannon “Shaka To Ya” Hennessey came out firing from the opening bell, and sent Walsh Hall senior Kelly Gonzalez retreating to the corner early on in the match. Hennessey transferred her momentum into the next round where she dominated Gonzales for a second straight round, but Gonzalez was able to land a headshot that had the official check in on Hennessey briefly. Hennessey continued her dominance by adding another fiery third round to secure her victory. At the end Shannon “Shaka To Ya” Hennessey earned the victory by unanimous decision.
“Laying down the Law’ren” (Lauren) Ferrara. def. Moira “Lil’ Chef” Hillsman
Both competitors Moira “Lil’ Chef” Hillsman, a sophomore from Lyons Hall, and “Laying down the Law”ren Ferrara, a Lewis Hall senior, came out strong, exchanging punches in a close to call first round. The official stopped the second round to check in on Hillsman, who appeared to have a bloody nose after taking a jab to the face. Hillsman would continue the round very fired up and landed successive shots against, despite her nose. In the third round, there was another stoppage due to Hillsman’s nose bleeding through the cotton, but nevertheless she persisted throughout the rest of the match. “Laying down the Law’ren” Ferrara was declared the winner by split decision.
Julie “All I Do is” Nguyen def. Alexis Driscoll
Katherine “The Herila Gorilla” Herila def. Audrey “Slim Shady” Immonen
Junior Audrey “Slim Shady” Immonen from Farley Hall came out into the ring throwing the first punches against senior Katherine “The Herila Gorilla” Herila. Herila started bouncing around the ring and throwing jabs, while Immonen took a defensive stance for a majority of the first round. Although the second round mimicked the first with Immonen initiating, Herila was able to squeeze in some efficient and powerful combinations to the head. As fatigue set in during the third round, one-twos were exchanged equally before Herila delivered a string of jabs to Immonen’s head. Herila won by split decision and will move on to the semifinals.
Marissa “The Minnesota Monster” Kivi def. Grace Mao
Junior Marissa “The Minnesota Monster” Kivi from Lewis Hall started the first round delivering quick combinations while skillfully blocking her opponent, freshman Grace Mao from Lyons Hall. Kivi controlled the movement in the ring staying on the outside while forcing Mao to pivot in the middle. After a quick break and heading into the second round, Mao came out hitting with more confidence and was able to throw in a hook or jab in between Kivi’s one-twos. Controlling the pace of the fight, Kivi came out with more visible energy during the third round to distribute a few uppercuts and hooks to end the round. Kivi won the fight by unanimous decision.
Gwen “Mary Lou” McCain def. Caroline “Here Comes the” Sawn
Sophomore Gwen “Mary Lou” McCain from Lewis Hall set the pace of the first round as she threw strong, quick jabs to senior Caroline “Here Comes the” Sawn in Walsh Hall. With McCain on her feet, Sawn was hesitant to throw in punches during the first round. After settling into the second round, Sawn reached for McCain’s face. McCain was able to sneak in a handful of hooks to the abdomen, but fatigue set in. During the third round, Sawn slowed down and evenly distributed one-twos and one-two-ones while McCain strategically delivered powerful hooks to the abdomen. McCain won the fight by split decision.
Lauren “Lolo” Hill def. Megan “Mashed Potatoes and” Davey
Junior Megan “Mashed Potatoes and” Davey from Walsh Hall came out strong against senior Lauren “Lolo” Hill from Breen-Phillips Hall. Before stopping the match to fix her headgear, Davey was able to deliver strikes to Hill’s face. During the remaining of the round, Davey and Hill made an even amount of contact. Entering the second round, Hill took advantage of Davey’s decline in blocking to squeeze in quick hooks and jabs to the face. Davey was patient as the round progressed and stressed quantity over quality while making contact. Shifting into the third round, Hill controlled the movement around the ring as fatigue set in. Hill won the match by split decision.
Christine “Femme Fatale” Fimongnari def. Amy Seo
Off-campus law student Christine “Femme Fatale” Fimongnari dominated off-campus senior Amy Seo in the first round, breaking up the back and forth stalemate to take early control of the match. Rebounding from a slow start, Seo was the aggressor early on in the second round before Fimongnari mounted her own comeback. In round three, Fimongnari came out swinging, knocking Seo along ropes early on, Seo mounted a mini comeback by landing a few shots in a row, but her comeback efforts were too little too late. Christine “Femme Fatale” Fimongnari was the winner by unanimous decision.
Gabriela “VEROcious” Portmann def. Jessica “Flying Opigi” Kim
Breen-Philips Hall senior Gabriela “VEROcious” Portmann was in control from start to finish against Flaherty Hall junior Jessica “Flying Opigi” Kim, winning in a unanimous decision. In the first round, Florida native Portmann controlled most of the action and dictated the tempo of the fight, gaining a firm lead that she would never relinquish. In round two, despite all of Kim’s efforts, Portmann once again dictated the fight, and had Kim on the ropes on the ropes at one point, but the junior escaped to keep the match alive. In the final round, Portmann continued her dominance, and the fight was stopped briefly to check on Kim after she sustained an extended set of blows. While the junior continued to fight back, it was too little too late.
Meg “Moneyhands” Hunt def. Megan Irving
Captain and off-campus senior Meg “Moneyhands” Hunt dictated the action in her opening fight against Lewis Hall junior Megan Irving, which ended in a unanimous decision for Hunt. In the first round, Hunt came out swinging and quickly gained control. In round two, while Irving came out more aggressive, looking to get back into the fight, Hunt’s experience allowed her to limit the damage and land some more quality hits of her own. In the final round, Hunt lived up to her nickname with some punishing hits on Irving, including one particularly vicious blow that left the junior staggering. In the end, Hunt moved on with a unanimous decision.
Meg Guilfoile def. Maura “Flamingo” Walsh
The first round action was fairly even between Meg Guilfoile, a freshman from Breen-Phillips Hall, and Maura “Flamingo” Walsh, a sophomore from Walsh Hall. Late in the first round Guilfoile seemed to gain a slight edge, but she really took control in the second round, landing a lot of quality hits. Walsh was the aggressor early on in the third round, but Guilfoile rebounded and controlled the rest of the fight. Guilfoile was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Jess “The Ripper” Wilson def. Kathryn Skendzel
In the first round, off-campus senior Jess “The Ripper” Wilson controlled the fight, landing most of the punches against Farley Hall sophomore Kathryn Skendzel. Skendzel came out swinging early in the second round, but Wilson regrouped and controlled the rest of the round easily. Wilson withstood some early shots from Skendzel in the final round and again controlled the action, being declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Elinor McCarthy def. Bridget “Wait for It” McCain
Junior Bridget “Wait for It” McCain, representing Lyons Hall, faced off against freshman Elinor McCarthy of Ryan Hall in the tenth match of the night. The first round was competitive and evenly fought between the two, and both continued to put in hard punches in the second round. As the match progressed, the pace slowed down and McCarthy began to take the advantage of the weary McCain, resulting in split decision in favor of McCarthy.
Megan “Hittin’ Hard, Lookin’” Sharp def. Teaghan “Eh?” Stack
From the blue corner, off-campus junior Teaghan “Eh?” Stack squared up against gold clad Megan “Hittin’ Hard, Lookin’” Sharp, a senior from Cavanaugh Hall in the 12th match. The match started off slowly, and the first round produced even results. Stack redoubled her efforts in the second round, landing a series of hits on Sharp and knocking her to the ground. However, Sharp came out fighting in the final round, punching Stack repeatedly in the corner. The last effort pummeling Sharp earned her the win by split decision.
Anna Burbank def. Madison “D’Squarius Green Jr.” Riehle
The 14th round of Baraka Bouts saw Welsh Family Hall junior Madison “D’Squarius Green Jr.” Riehle go up against Farley Hall senior Anna Burbank. The match got off to a quick start as both opponents remained very mobile and landed some powerful punches. Burbank became an early favorite, survived an evenly matched second round and landed some well placed punches in the third round, cornering Riehle at the end. Unfortunately for Riehle, her Key and Peele reference was not enough to propel her to victory, and Anna Burbank won by split decision.
[Editor’s Note: Riehle is Ad Design Manager for The Observer.]
Elizabeth Summers def. Madeline Martin
In the 16th round Flaherty Hall sophomore Elizabeth Summers fought freshman Madeline Martin from Lewis Hall. The match started out with a flurry of punches, and an energetic first round produced no clear winner. In a wild second round, Summers took and gave out plenty of shots, but overall controlled the floor of the ring. Summers tired out in the third round, but Martin did not make up enough ground in the final minutes to turn the tide. Summers ended up collecting the win on a split decision by the officials.
Kate Bailey def. Molly “No Days Off” Walsh
Breen-Phillips Hall freshman Kate Bailey faced sophomore Molly “No Days Off” Walsh representing Ryan Hall in the 18th match of the night. Both girls put in good jabs in the first round, but Bailey dominated in a decisive second round, landing well placed punches and gaining the lead. Bailey continued to control the ring in the final round, landing quality punch after quality punch, pummeling her way to a unanimous decision victory.
Stephanie “Stinger” Stenger def. Julia “The Jab” Hughes
Julia “The Jab” Hughes, a sophomore from Pasquerilla East Hall, went against Farley Hall freshman Stephanie “Stinger” Stenger. The first round saw an even matchup between the two where both threw a multitude of body punches. In the second round, they alternated giving series of blows to one another in another tight round. Both became tired and became less controlled in the third round, allowing for “Stinger” to gain a slight advantage in the end. Stephanie “Stinger” Stenger ended up winning the matchup by split decision.
Albertina “Bertle Squirtle” Arce def. Katherine “Kath The Wrath” Karnosh
Both fighters came out strong early, connecting on several jabs continually. As round one continued, Albertina “Bertle Squirtle” Arce, a junior from Walsh Hall, began to prevail as she landed several noteworthy jabs to end the round. As the second round began, Arce came out with force, connecting with several hard jabs to the head of Katherine “Kath the Wrath” Karnosh, a senior from Ryan Hall. Arce went on to land a fierce hook to the head of Karnosh in the middle of the round. Karnosh continued to battle despite the strong efforts of Arce. Arce continued her mastery into the third round, landing several combinations early on, but Karnosh still refused to back off. Despite absorbing several more combinations, she managed to stay in the fight, landing a few jabs of her own as the third round came to a close. At the end of the fight, Arce was accordingly crowned the winner by unanimous decision.
Caroline “Stitches” Etienne def. Casey Byrne
Casey Byrne, a sophomore from Flaherty Hall, came out strong in the first round, connecting with several combinations right off the bat. Nevertheless, Caroline “Stitches” Etienne, a senior from Cavanaugh Hall, managed to land a few hooks of her own as the round proceeded. Etienne managed to land a fierce hook to the head of Byrne as the round proceeded, but Byrne continued strong as both fighters landed considerable jabs as the round came to a close. Caroline Etienne came out strong in the second round, landing two significant hooks to the head of Byrne at the round’s start. She continued her combination attack as the round went on, rendering Byrne noticeably tired before a brief stoppage in the action. The round would close shortly after the stoppage with no significant punches from either side. Both fighters came out strong at the beginning of round three, but Byrne, noticeably losing steam, succumbed to the combinations of Etienne before another stoppage in the action. Byrne stayed in the fight, but Etienne managed to land a few more hooks before the round’s close. In the end, Caroline Etienne was deservedly declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Ann “Clown Baby” Zeleniak def. Jennifer “MV” Lies
Ann “Clown Baby” Zeleniak, an off-campus senior, came out looking sharp in round one, blocking several of Lewis sophomore Jennifer Lies’ attempts before landing a few combinations of her own. Lies would go on to land several jabs before a brief stoppage in the action. Zeleniak continued her mastery as the round proceeded, blocking the majority of Lies’ efforts and landing more combinations of her own. As round two began, Zeleniak managed to block much of Lies’ efforts early on, but Lies would go on to land several hooks to the head and body of Zeleniak. All in all, the fighters were somewhat evenly matched in round two, Zeleniak holding a slight upper edge. Zeleniak came out with a purpose in round three, landing three jabs and a hook at the beginning of the round. Zeleniak continued her attack relentlessly as the round came to a close. In the end, Zeleniak was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Anneli “Shake ’n Bake” Brown def. Kate Sullivan
Anneli “Shake ’n Bake” Brown, a junior from Lyons Hall, came out strong in round one, landing several combinations to the head of Ryan Hall senior Kate Sullivan, who remained strong despite the efforts of Brown. Sullivan managed to block much of Brown’s combination attacks, although she couldn’t quite get off many punches of her own. Both fighters landed a few jabs at the start of the second round, but Brown remained more technically proficient at the round’s beginning. Sullivan proceeded to land a hook to the head of Brown, who responded with a series of combinations to the body of Sullivan. The round ended with both fighters having landed a few jabs. Both fighters came out with good energy at the start of round three, but Brown held the upper edge, landing more than a few combinations to the head of Sullivan who was noticeably drained by the round’s end. Brown was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Caitlyn O’Connell def. Alexandra “Lights Out” Lesnik
Both fighters came out strong at the beginning of round one, but as the round went on, Walsh Hall junior Alexandra “Lights Out” Lesnik seemed to gain the upper edge. Landing several combinations to the head of Welsh Family Hall sophomore Caitlyn O’Connell, Lesnik proved efficient in round one, although O’Connell stayed strong at the round’s end. O’Connell came into round two with a vengeance, landing several hooks to the head of Lesnik early on. But, as the round proceeded, both fighters would land noteworthy shots of their own. The round concluded with no noticeable upper edge. O’Connell found herself bobbing and weaving often as the third round began, and Lesnik continued her attack. Nevertheless, after evading Lesnik’s combination, O’Connell came back with a few jabs of her own to close round three. O’Connell would be crowned the victor by split decision in a very tight matchup.
Francie “Dr. Cool” Gradel def. Mary Kate Drennan
Lewis Hall junior Francie “Dr. Cool” Gradel came out strong to start round one, landing several combinations to the head and body of Howard Hall freshman Mary Kate Drennan. She sustained her high energy attack throughout the first round, sending Drennan to the floor with a ferocious right hook. The round would be stopped briefly before its close. Drennan managed to land several combinations at the start of the round, but Gradel soon bounced back to her first round form, nearly sending Drennan to the floor once again with a right hook. Both fighters would go on to land combinations of their own before the round’s close, with Gradel holding a clear upper edge. Gradel continued her mastery in round three. After evading several reckless combinations from Drennan, she landed a fierce right hook to Drennan’s head. Gradel would continue her attack and send Drennan to the floor once again with an intense right hook. Francie “Dr. Cool” Gradel was declared the winner by unanimous decision thanks to her relentless consistency.
Sierra Avery def. Katie “Tower of Terror” Kehoe
Lewis Hall senior Katie “Tower of Terror” Kehoe landed several combinations early on in the first round, but McGlinn Hall junior Sierra Avery noticeably bounced back as the round proceeded, as she landed a fierce right hook to the head of Kehoe. Avery would close out the round with several more landed combinations. Avery came out with a ferocious attack at the start of round three, landing three consecutive right hooks to the head of Kehoe. Kehoe remained strong, landing a few jabs after the attack of Avery, but soon the fight would be stopped briefly on account of a strong combination by Avery which sent Kehoe back. Avery managed to land another significant hook before the round’s end. Avery continued her strong attack in the third round, landing more hooks at the round’s start. Avery went on to land a menacing right hook to the dome of Kehoe, sending her to the floor before a stoppage in the action. As the round continued, Kehoe managed to land a few jabs before her attack was halted by another strong hook from Avery. Avery closed out the round with several more combinations, and she was eventually declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Mary Kate O’Leary def. Montana Crowell
Flaherty Hall sophomore Mary Kate O’Leary started the first round in impressive fashion, landing several combinations to the head and body of off-campus junior Montana Crowell. As the round proceeded Crowell managed to land a few jabs of her own, but O’Leary would end the round with two more strong right hooks. At the start of round two, O’Leary continued her combination attack, sending Crowell to the corner of the ring in defense. As the fight moved back to the center of the ring, Crowell managed to land two consecutive jabs to the body of O’Leary. Nevertheless, O’Leary kept the upper hand, landing two combinations to the body of Crowell before the round’s close. O’Leary continued her fierce attack in round three, landing several hooks to the head of Crowell at the start of the round. Crowell landed two jabs to the body of O’Leary as the round proceeded, but O’Leary would go on to block the subsequent efforts of Crowell as the round came to a close. O’Leary was declared the victor by unanimous decision.
Molly “The Notorious MMG” Giglia def. Matylda Dmochowska Lipska
Cavanaugh sophomore Molly “The Notorious MMG” Giglia evaded the efforts Farley freshman Matylda Dmochowska early on in round one, before landing several jabs of her own as the round proceeded. Giglia would go on to land several hooks as the round proceeded. As the round came to a close, Giglia landed one more fierce right hook which nearly sent Dmochowska to the floor. Giglia came out strong at the start of round two, landing a ferocious combination to set Dmochowska back. Continuing to evade the efforts of Dmochowska, Giglia would go on to land two more combinations before the second round came to a close. Holding the clear upper hand heading into round three, Giglia was proficient early on, landing several combinations to the head of the vulnerable Dmochowska. Dmochowska would remain strong however, managing to elude the efforts of Giglia for a short period. Giglia then bobbed and weaved her way out of Dmochowska’s combination as the third round came to a close. Molly “The Notorious MMG” Giglia was declared the victor by unanimous decision.
Brooke “The Blitz” Mumma def. Julia Bertram
Holy Cross College freshman Brooke “The Blitz” Mumma defeated Lewis freshman Julia Bertram by forfeit.
Marybeth “Hulk” Hogan def. Abby “Jabby” Korn
Marybeth “Hulk” Hogan, a sophomore from Welsh Family Hall, and Abby “Jabby” Korn, a sophomore from Lewis Hall came out strong at the start of round one, each landing significant combinations. Korn would go on to block much of Hogan’s efforts, but Hogan would land one fierce hook to the head of Korn before the round ended. Nevertheless, each fighter would go on to land a combination at the end of the round, as no fighter had the clear upper hand at the round’s conclusion. Round two began with fierce combinations from both fighters, but as the round went on, Hogan landed several combinations to the body of Korn. The round closed with Hogan holding an upper edge, as Korn appeared to be losing steam. In the third round, Hogan came out with force, pushing Korn to the edge of the ring with a series of menacing combinations. Korn would bounce back, moving the fight to the middle of the ring where she would launch a somewhat successful attack against Hogan.Korn then backed Hogan into a corner, landing several strong right hooks which prompted a stoppage in the action. The round was ultimately highlighted by Korn’s fierce response. In the end, thanks to her strong third round comeback, Abby “Jabby” Korn was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Emma “Prada” Hussey def. Gabby “Dwayne The Rock Johnson” Mezzacappa
The first round began with mostly unsuccessful combinations from Gabby “Dwayne The Rock Johnson” Mezzacappa, a senior from Badin Hall, as she faced Emma “Prada” Hussey. As the round proceeded, Hussey would land several combinations, backing Mezzacappa into the corner for a short period. Nevertheless, Mezzacappa held strong as the round came to a close, landing a few noteworthy jabs. The second round was evenly matched for the most part, as both fighters landed combinations. Hussey would move Mezzacappa to the edge of the ring as the round went on before a brief stoppage. The round closed with Hussey holding the slight upper hand on account of her second round combinations. In round three, Mezzacappa landed a significant combination early on, sending Hussey to the edge of the ring. But Hussey refused to stand down, coming back with a strong attack of her own. Both fighters would go on to land mostly insignificant jabs before the round came to a close. In the end, Emma “Prada” Hussey was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Annie Dooley def. Anne “The Professor” McGonigle
Anne “The Professor” McGonigle came out strong in the first round, landing a series of combination to the head and body of Anne Dooley. But Dooley refused to stand down, coming back with a successful series of attacks. The high energy fight raged on with both fighters landing significant combinations before the round came to a close. Mcgonigle continued her attack in round two, landing a series of combinations once again at the round’s start. Nevertheless, Dooley continued to survive as the round went on, but McGonigle’s attack remained consistent. Both fighters came out with a ton of energy at the start of round three, but Dooley clearly held the upper hand, pushing McGonigle to the corner of the ring. Dooley evaded Mcgonigle’s next attack, and the fight moved to the center of the ring. McGonigle proceeded to push Dooley back considerably, but Dooley refused to relent, landing a few jabs to close the round. Annie Dooley was eventually declared the winner by split decision in an extremely close matchup.
Alex Lloyd def. Claire “Riff Raff” Rafford
The battle seemed quite even early on in round one between Walsh Hall sophomore Alex Lloyd and Claire “Riff Raff” Rafford, the freshman from Holy Cross College. Nevertheless, Rafford managed to back Lloyd into a corner midway through the round thanks to a series of strong right hooks. The round ended with no clear upper hand. In round two, Lloyd launched a series of combinations early on, but Rafford responded promptly with two strong right hooks. Lloyd responded by landing a right hook to the head of Rafford, moving her back considerably. Nevertheless, Rafford came back strong, pushing Lloyd to the edge of the ring with an impressive series of combinations. Lloyd came out strong in round three, backing Rafford into the corner of the ring thanks to two consecutive right hooks to the head. Rafford responded well, however, landing a series of combinations on Lloyd as the round proceeded. The round would end with a Lloyd hook which Rafford responded to with a jab. Alex Lloyd was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Morgan “Great Scott” Williams def. Kaitlyn Brandano
The first round was evenly matched in the beginning, as both fighters Kaitlyn Brandano, a sophomore from Farley Hall and Morgan “Great Scott” Williams, a junior from McGlinn Hall, managed to block each other’s efforts for the most part of the round. Nevertheless, Brandano managed to gain the upper hand as the round went on, as she landed several strong right hooks to the head of Williams. The round ended with Brandano’s proficiency granting her the upper hand. In round two, Williams bounced back with noticeable energy, but Brandano managed to fend off the majority of her attacks. Brandano would respond with a strong right hook to the head of Williams. Nevertheless, Williams remained strong, landing a series of combinations to close out the round, although no clear edge was apparent at the round’s close. Williams came out strong in the final round, pushing Brandano into the corner with a series of fierce combinations. Brandano remained strong in her defense, although she was not truly able to launch an attack of her own in the final round. In the end, Morgan “Great Scott” Williams was declared the victor by unanimous decision.
Amelia “I’m Not Here to Play School” Wittig def. Callie Coughlan
Flaherty freshman Callie Coughlan and Welsh Fam senior Amelia “I’m Not Here to Play School” Wittig each came out firing in the first round, connecting on large hooks and spending most of the round an arms length away from each other. The second round was a good one for Wittig, driving Coughlan back onto her heels and connecting with strong shots to the head. The fight would be stopped during the middle of the round for Coughlan to recollect before the round ended. Coughlan came out energized in the third landing early punches, but once again it was Witting who paced the round, dictating the pace and landing the majority of the punches. Amanda “I’m Not Here to Play School” Wittig was determined to be the winner by unanimous decision.
Matalyn “Mo Cuishle” Schulte def. Mary Stouthenburgh
The fight began slowly, with the two fighters largely feeling each other out. McGlinn junior Matalyn “Mo Cuishle” Schulte started with a soft offensive, landing a series of jabs and racking up punches to the body. Badin sophomore Mary Stouthenburgh was able to dodge large hooks, but wore a lot of jabs to the body. Stouthenbergh was much more aggressive in the second round, although most of her punches were met with an equal counter punch from Schulte. The third round saw a late push from Stouthenbergh, but Schulte kept landing shots to the head, with one so well placed it caused the officials to adjust Stouthenbergh’s headgear. Matalyn “Mo Cuishle” Schulte was awarded the win by unanimous decision.
Joy “No Mercy” Choe def. Daniela “The Danimal” Brkic
The fight started out fast, with both fighters doing an excellent jobs blocking strikes. Both fighters landed shots on each others headgear, with Joy Choe “No Mercy” showing off her dominant right hook and left jab, connecting early and often with junior Daniela “The Danimal” Brkic. Choe came out fast in the second round, sending beautiful combo punches. Brkic responded well attacking back during the second half of the round. Per usual, Choe came out hard when the bell sounded to start the third. Choe paced play for the vast majority of the match, landing shots to the face that Brkic could not keep up with. Joy “No Mercy” Choe was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Marissa “One Punch” Perino def. Victoria “T-Bone” Llorens
Pasquerilla West sophomore Marissa “One Punch” Perino landed the first few punches, with Lewis junior Victoria “T-Bone” Llorens working her way back in as the first round went on. Both fighters were throwing massive punches, culminating in a strong hook by Perino that silenced the crowd. The fighters started off even in the second round, but the left jab right hook combo from Perino proved deadly. Llorens kept her gloves up to defend herself, but was largely pushed around the ring and onto the ropes by Perino. Perino was able to work Lloren onto the ropes again in the third round and use her big hook to her advantage. Marissa “One Punch” Perino was determined to be the winner by unanimous decision.
Kyle Casey def. Alice Linesch
Off-campus senior Kyle Casey led the fight off hard, with Cavanaugh senior Alice Linesch countered well in the first round, but was pushed around the ring by Casey. As the round wore on in Linesch’s defense started to drop, and Casey capitalized by landing a series of combos to the face and body of Linesch. Casey started round two where she left off round one, firing punches at the body of Linesch. Linesch came out hard in the third, but took several shots to the face and required a countdown from the referee. Linesch fought hard but got tired and ended up dropping her hands again, allowing Casey to take advantage. Kyle Casey was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Emma “Wham Bam” Tam def. Moira Stotz
Farley senior Moira Stotz came out firing in the first, knocking Flaherty sophomore Emma “Wham Bam” Tam to the canvas. Immediately after the fight restarted it was Tam’s turn to knock Stotz to the canvas. It was impossible to see who landed more punches, as both fighters showed no interest in defense, instead just attacked each other in a flurry of punches. The second round somehow started with the same pace as the first, with Tam putting Stotz on the ropes late in the round, causing Stotz to need another countdown from the referee. Tam and Stotz traded punches throughout the third, with Tam pinning Stotz against the ropes again. Both fighters grew incredibly tired due to the pace of the fight, and the third round slowed down at the end. Emma “Wham Bam” Tam was awarded the win by unanimous decision.
Faith Taylor def. Camille Goethals
The first round was slow back and forth, with Cavanaugh sophomore Faith Taylor taking a slight advantage over Pasquerilla East freshman Camille Goethals. The fight continued slowly in the second round with both fighters looking to feel each other out. Neither fighter landed any major shots in the second round. In the third Taylor opened up with a shot to the head of Goethals. The third round was slow as well, but it was Taylor who landed most of the punches. Taylor was awarded the win by split decision.
Jackie “Jack Attack” Weinrich def. Eleanor “The Great Taste of” Lyman
Welsh Family Hall sophomore Eleanor “The Great Taste of” Lyman came out swinging in the first round, supplying an intense left hook that surprised her opponent from the opening moments. Jackie “Jack Attack” Weinrich, a sophomore from Pasquerilla East Hall, regained her footing quickly and used her long arm reach to land several body shots. Both boxers favored their left hands on offense, delivering mostly blows to their opponent’s face. In the second round the action slowed down as both boxers danced around the ring on defense. In the third round Weinrich protected her body well, using short bursts of energy and her long reach to deliver blows to Lyman’s head. Jackie “Jack Attack” Weinrich was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Kathryn “WACK” Zawacki def. Emma Spiess
In a bout marked by intense offensive maneuvers, McGlinn sophomore Kathryn “WACK” Zawacki defeated Emma Spiess, a sophomore from Welsh Family Hall. In the first round both fighters employed an intense style from the beginning. In the second round, Zawacki delivered several strong punches with her left hook while Spiess attempted to block. Both boxers expended their energy quickly, tangling arms as they attempted offensive combinations. In the final round Zawacki relied on her quick footwork to fend off blows and take swings at Spiess’ face. After three rounds, Kathryn “WACK” Zawacki was declared the winner by split decision.
Delaney “Sharkface” Bolton def. Kristin Baert
Welsh Family sophomore Delaney “Sharkface” Bolton struck first with several quick left jabs, making contact with the face of Kristin Baert, a freshman from Breen-Phillips Hall. Bolton maintained the pressure, pinning Baert to the side of the ring for a moment before Beart managed to regain her footing an escape. Bolton closed the first round with a strong combination to Baert’s face and body. In the second round Bolton aimed for her opponent’s body, finding openings down low. Bolton kept her arms in tight in the third round, an effective stance against her significantly taller opponent. Because of her extra height, Baert left her abdomen exposed to body shots in the final round. Delaney “Sharkface” Bolton was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Madeline “Hammer” Hagan def. Maria Vetter
Madeline “Hammer” Hagan, a senior from Walsh Hall, opened the first round by landing several punches to the face of her opponent, McGlinn junior Maria Vetter. Vetter aimed to go over Hagan’s raised hands to try to hit her face, but she left her own body vulnerable, allowing Hagan to connect on intense body shots. The referee stopped the fight twice in the first two rounds to check in on Vetter. Hagan relied on quick jabs to connect with Vetter’s face. In the final round, Hagan pushed Vetter around the ring, controlling the tempo and rhythm of the fight. Madeline “Hammer” Hagan was declared the winner of the bout by unanimous decision.
Sam Sherman def. Annie “Titanium” Timmerman
In an evenly-matched first round, off-campus senior from Lewis Hall Annie “Titanium” Timmerman and off-campus graduate student Sam Sherman exchanged several quick jabs to each other’s heads and faces. The standoff continued in the second round with neither boxer clearly dominating. Sherman kept her arms up in defense well, fending off the close-contact jabs being thrown by Timmerman. In the third round both boxers began to tire, slowing down and throwing less punches than the first two rounds. Sherman relied on jabs to her opponent’s head and body, backing Timmerman into a corner of the ring toward the end of the fight and causing the referee to pause the fight. Sam Sherman was declared the winner of the bout by unanimous decision.
Stephanie “Smack Attack” Mackley def. Teresa “Not An Ounce of Athletic Ability” Kaza
In a too-close-to-call first round, junior from McGlinn Hall Teresa “Not An Ounce of Athletic Ability” Kaza and off-campus graduate student Stephanie “Smack Attack” Mackley exchanged several series of jabs paired with quick footwork, dancing around the edges of the ring. Mackley connected several times with the body of Kaza, but it was a largely defensive battle as both boxers kept their hands raised well and managed to block most of the punches coming their way. Mackley anticipated her opponent’s moves well, dodging several hooks. In the third round the fighters slowed down, throwing slower punches with more sluggish movements. In the end Stephanie “Smack Attack” Mackley was declared the winner by split decision.
Ande Gradel def. Nikki “The Nuke” Moore
In an intense opening round, Ande Gradel, a sophomore from Cavanaugh Hall, used quick powerful punches to counter the quick jabs from her opponent, off-campus graduate student Nikki “The Nuke” Moore. Gradel was taller than Moore by a significant margin, forcing her to defend her body carefully. Attacks from both boxers often came simultaneously, leaving openings in both fighters’ defenses. Gradel earned the advantage in the second round, chasing her opponent around the ring and briefly pinning her in the corner. She connected on several straight-on jabs to Moore’s face. Neither fighter showed any signs of slowing down, maintaining their intensity and energy to the end of the bout. Gradel was declared the winner of the bout by unanimous decision.
Laura “Rad Dad” Hernandez def. Jenna “Scooter” Ivan
In a high-energy bout, freshman from Cavanaugh Hall Laura “Rad Dad” Hernandez and off-campus graduate student Jenna “Scooter” Ivan exchanged a series of hard-hitting punches and maintained their intensity all the way through the bout. Hernandez relied on hooks while Ivan favored quick jabs. Hernandez had the edge in the first round, with the referee stopping the fight briefly to allow Ivan to readjust her protective head gear after several jarring blows. In the final two rounds Hernandez used her long arm reach to connect on several hooks to Ivan’s head. After three rounds Laura “Rad Dad” Hernandez was declared the winner by split decision.
Anne Marie “Go H.A.M.” Hamon def. Skye Deng
Anne Marie “Go H.A.M.” Hamon, a sophomore from Pasquerilla East Hall, defeated Badin freshman Skye Deng in a quick referee-stopped contest to close the night of bouts. Hamon delivered jarring punches to Deng’s head and abdomen, causing the referee to pause the contest twice in the first two rounds. Anne Marie “Go H.A.M.” Hamon was declared the winner by referee-stopped contest.
Baraka Bouts open with quarterfinal fights
Joey Tsang def. Catherine “Nine Lives” North