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Bulldogs to compete in regional qualifiers

EAGLE POINT - Three Bulldog Boxing Club junior fighters will be among a host of boxers from Oregon, Washington and Idaho competing Saturday in a regional qualifier for the National Junior Olympics.

Troy Wohosky, Lorenzo Rios Jr. And Alex Trujillo have each qualified for the 7 p.m. event at Eagle Point High, open to qualifying boxers age 15-16.

Saturday's winners advance to Michigan in June for a shot at a National Junior Olympic championship.

Wohosky has dropped down to compete at 112 pounds for Saturday's matches, while Rios will fight at 125 pounds and Trujillo at 156.

"Troy's a legitimate national contender," says Bulldog Boxing Club trainer Joe Pedrojetti. "He's a two-time Silver Gloves finalist and he really wants that national title."

Rios, who attends Eagle Point High, was a national finalist this year at the Silver Gloves, while Pedrojetti is looking for Trujillo to finally break through in a tournament this weekend.

In addition to the junior boxers, Saturday's event will feature a range of bouts, including a rare hometown match for Central Point's Mike Wilson. The superheavyweight was an Olympic alternate last year.

"Whenever Mike can fight at home it's a big deal," says Pedrojetti.

Also competing for the Bulldogs will be Fransua Moncada, who recently was runner-up at 112 pounds in the national Golden Gloves.

Moncada will face Vidal Taz of Idaho, who Pedrojetti says has been ranked in the top-5 boxers in his class for several years and is set to turn pro presumably in the near future.

Bulldogs Lionel Leon and Sal Regalado are also scheduled to appear.

Leon (125) lost in the quarterfinals at the recent national Golden Gloves, while Regalado (119) is a four-time Golden Gloves champion.

"This is probably the premiere show we've ever had," says Pedrojetti.