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Cougars' Almaraz wins national title

LOS ANGELES

-- Juan Almaraz of the White City Cougars Boxing Club scored two standing eight counts en route to the National Junior Golden Gloves championship in the 11-12-year-old, 125-pound division Friday at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

Almarez, who has been boxing for one year, scored standing eight counts in each of the first two rounds against Jesus Rulido of California.

He showed confidence and poise, Cougars' trainer Wes Wambold said of Almaraz. He pretty much dominated.

Another White City boxer, Homero Gonzalez, fights for a championship today in the 15-16-year-old, 156-pound division.

The Bulldog Boxing Club of Medford, meanwhile, had a disappointing semifinal round Friday. The Bulldogs lost all four semifinal matches.

Troy Wohosky lost to defending national champion Luis Lozano of California in a 13-14, 112-pound bout; Alex Trujillo was defeated by Rudolfo Martinez of California in the 13-14, 125-pound division; Clancy Finchum got beat in a 15-16, 119- pound match by Dominik Chavez of Nevada; and Ricky Gallegos was decisioned by Fernando Garcia of California in the 15-16, 132-pound class.

Mike Wilson of the Bulldog Club won an unopposed national title for 15-16-year-olds in the 201-plus division.

The only Bulldog remaining is Lorenzo Arenas, who goes for a national championship today in the 11-12, 165-pound division.