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Fighters gain Jr. Olympic regional titles

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Four Jackson County boxers claimed Northwest Junior Olympic titles Sunday

Bulldog Boxing Club's Ricky Gallegos, fighting at 132 pounds, knocked out Washington's Tyrell Barber in the first round to pick up the title in the 15-16 year-old division.

Mike Wilson, in the 201-plus-pound class, knocked out Idaho's Daniel Nelson in the third round.

Cougar Boxing Club's Junior Rios captured one of his team's two titles, defeating Idaho's Frank Wadsworth by unanimous decision in the 13-14-year-old 100-pound class.

Manuel Ibarra, who was unopposed, took home the other Cougar Title in the 112-pound division.

Wilson and Gallegos qualified for the national championship held in Marquette, Mich., June 20-28. Only 15- and 16-year-olds are eligible for the nationals.

We're excited to send Ricky and Mike, who is the returning silver medalist, to nationals, Bulldog Boxing coach Jim Pedrojetti said. Mike was one win away from the title last year and Ricky has been beating everyone this year. We have two really good shots at winning a national title.

First-year Cougar boxer Steve Vosburgh, at 125 pounds, lost a hard-fought decision to Washington's Cordell Barber in the 15-16 year-old division. Barber, a five-year veteran, was named the outstanding fighter.

Cougar boxer Homero Gonzalez suffered a loss to Washington's Marcus Moore in the 147-pound class. Gonzalez, who is ranked seventh in the 15-16 year-old division, was seconds away from upsetting Moore in the second round. Moore, ranked among the top three nationally, was saved by the bell after taking a possible knock-down shot in the second round.

I was never more proud of the two kids that fought and lost in the fights they competed in, Cougar coach Wes Wambold said. The guys they fought were much more experienced, but they never took a backwards step.

The Bulldog Boxing Club also produced two champions in the 13-14 year-old division. Boone Wyatt, at 112 pounds, and Alex Trujillo, at 125 pounds, claimed the two titles for the Bulldog Club.

Bulldog boxer Alex Ponce, at 70 pounds, decisioned Washington's Damon Myers in the 10-11 year-old division, while Clancy Finchum lost a 2-1 split decision to Washington's Dereck Myers in the 115-pound class for the 14-15 year-olds.

Wyatt was named the most outstanding 13-14 year-old boxer in the regional tournament.

Oregon was second to Washington in the 15-16 year-old division, producing three champions.

Bulldog coach Joe Pedrojetti was named as one of the regional trainers for this year's nationals, while Jim Pedrojetti was named the Junior Olympic coordinator for next year.