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Wohosky wins split decision despite scoring problems

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ' Jimmy Pedrojetti suspected something was fishy during Troy Wohosky's 119-pound quarterfinal fight at the USA National Boxing Championships on Wednesday.

I totally disagreed with the scoring, said Pedrojetti, who was shocked to see the electronic system have Wohosky trailing Sergio Ramos 10-3 after Round 1, 14-7 following Round 2 and 22-8 through three rounds.

You could tell it was a close fight, and I actually thought we were ahead the whole time. You start thinking conspiracy.

Or start punching furiously.

Wohosky did the latter, and after the electronic-scoring system shut down during the fourth and final round, he won a 3-2 split decision by virtue of the ringside judges, who are used as a backup.

Wohosky, a 17-year-old from Medford representing Pedrojetti's Medford-based Bulldog Boxing Club, moves on to face Sampson Guillermo of Marquette, Mich., in the semifinals at 6 tonight at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

It's a big step for our program, Pedrojetti said. We've never had a kid from Medford get this far before. It's truly amazing the level of boxing here. These are the kids that go on to become the Oscar de la Hoyas.

In earning a semifinals berth, Wohosky also ensured an invitation back to Colorado Springs April 4-5 to fight in the U.S. Challenge, which determines who will fight for the United States in the Pan-American Games.

Wohosky defeated Ramos, 19 and from Sacramento, Calif., with sheer aggression and a relentless left hook.

He wasn't gonna be denied, Pedrojetti said. He just took it to the guy. (Ramos) thought he had it won, and Troy just kept the pressure on him.