Golden Gloves boxer enters enemy territory
by The Grand Rapids Press
Thursday May 08, 2008, 3:30 AM
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Odds & ends from Wednesday night at DeVos Place for the National Golden Gloves
Tournament of Champions:
SURVEYING THE ENEMY
Kansas City's Tommy Pestock looked like an offensive lineman when he enetered the ring
for his super heavyweight fight against Cincinnati's Chaen Chess. That's because the 6-foot-
6, 305-pound Pestock is a starting left guard for Northwest Missouri State University, a big
rival of Grand Valley State. Pestock, a native of Lenexa, Kan., who will be a senior next
year, has gone up against the Lakers three times, losing the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division
II national title games, then beating the Lakers last year in the semifinals. Pestock was a
starter the past two years, and admits being in enemy territory was a bit surreal. "It was a
trip," said Pestock, who won his fight with Chess by a 4-1 decision. "I went out and walked
the campus already to see where all their power comes from."
STUCK IN PARADISE
Hawaii Golden Gloves did not conduct a franchise tournament, or send a team to the
national tournament. The organization is involved in a lawsuit with its USA Boxing local
boxing committee over a financial dispute, and is in court this week, in the early stages of a
civil case. The Golden Gloves Association of America granted a one-year grace period for
the franchise to sort out the issue before considering further action.
STORMY WEATHER
Golden Gloves had an outing planned for interested boxers and officials to attend
Wednesday's scheduled 11 a.m. West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game, before a
downpour blew through and rained out the game. The Golden Gloves personnel didn't get
caught in the weather, though. One look at the storm overhead was all they needed to
cancel the trip.
UPSET WATCH
• Geremias Torres of New England stunned U.S. light heavyweight champion Dorian
Anthony of California on a 4-1 decision. Anthony was the second U.S. champion to lose
here, along with welterweight Javontae Starks, who lost a first-round bout Tuesday.
• Featherweight Mercedes Manriquez of Texas, runner-up at the U.S. Championships two
months ago, lost a 4-1 decision to Salvador Ruiz of Toledo.
FAST FACTS
• Tonight's quarterfinal round is the last chance to see three rings operate simultaneously
during this tournament, with 44 bouts scheduled. The tournament reduces to one ring
Friday and Saturday.
• From the classy-loser file, Ryan Schmidt, a 2002 national runner-up who badly wanted to
fight here until a tough loss in the Michigan finals, has worked as an usher, along with other
members of his family.
• Amateur boxing rules mandate that any boxer involved in a bout finishing after midnight
may not compete again that day, which could make an interesting rush to the clock for
Friday's 22 four-round semifinals.
BY THE NUMBERS
0 -- National Golden Gloves team championships won by the Michigan franchise, which
enters tonight's quarterfinals alone in first place in team points.
5 -- Number of fights won by the Augustama brothers of Florida, middleweight Elie, light
heavyweight Azea, and heavyweight Emmanuel. Their only loss was by Emmanuel, to
Hudsonville's Jordan Shimmell