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Wilson bounces back after being knocked down

OLATHE, Kan. - Medford's Mike Wilson got off the canvas after being knocked down for the first time in his boxing career and won a decision in the quarterfinal round of the Ringside National Championships Thursday.

Ricky Gallegos provided the Bulldog Boxing Club of Medford its second win of the day, while the club's third boxer in the tournament, Javier Torres, was idle.

Wilson, 19, went down on a left hook to the head from Mike Prindle, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound All-Army champion, toward the end of the second round of the 201-pound plus senior open division bout.

"Mike responded well," Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti said. "He was a little wobbly at first, but went right at the guy. Mike was in control most of the time. He let his guard down once and got timed just right."

Pedrojetti said Prindle was swinging from the heels and clearly going for a knockout.

"Mike was the superior boxer," said Pedrojetti. "When he got into trouble he knew what to do."

Gallegos appeared real sharp en route to a dominating victory over Johnny Rodriguez of Texas. The win puts Gallegos into the quarterfinals.

"In the first round, he (Gallegos) looked the best I've ever seen him," said Pedrojetti.

Torres, who is one of three boxers in the 13-14-year-old 125-pound division, will fight later in the tournament.