Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Downs takes easy road at boxing trials

Fort Carson boxer Christopher Downs won his second fight of the U.S. Olympic team trials today in Houston. And this time, he took care of business early.

Downs, a 32-year-old member of the World Class Athlete Program, knocked out Cymone Kearney less than 90 seconds into a light-heavyweight semifinal bout. The win came a day after Downs beat Angel Concepcion 8-7 in a quarterfinal fight.

The only other Fort Carson boxers to post victories were Mahlon Kerwick, who won on walkover against 2005 National Silver Gloves champion Domonique Dolton in the loser's bracket of the welterweight division, and Zacchaeus Hardrick, who beat Angel Santos in the loser's bracket of the middleweight division.

Also representing Fort Carson, flyweight John Franklin, bantamweight Alexis Ramos, lightweight James Villa, welterweight Boyd Melson, light-heavyweight Jeffrey Spencer, heavyweight Joe Guzman and super-heavyweights William Moore and Andrew Shepherd lost bouts. Franklin, Moore, Ramos, Spencer and Villa were sent home with their second loss of the double-elimination trials.

Downs, Guzman, Hardrick, Kerwick, Melson and Shepherd will fight again Wednesday. The trials last through Sunday.

Downing wins gold in Poland

Colorado Springs wrestler Katie Downing, a world team member, defeated Volha Khilko of Belarus last weekend to win a gold medal at 147.5 pounds at the Warsaw Cup in Poland.

Eight other Colorado Springs wrestlers competed in the women's freestyle event: Stephanie Murata finished second at 105.5 pounds; Sally Roberts was the runner-up at 130 pounds; Kristie Marano took second at 158.5 pounds; Marcie Van Dusen placed fifth at 121 pounds; Leigh Jaynes finished fifth at 130 pounds; and Sharon Jacobson (121), Tori Adams (138.75) and Randi Miller (138.75) lost preliminary matches.

The first Olympic qualifier in wrestling is the world championships, which are Sept. 17-23 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Quota spots for the 2008 Beijing Games go to the top eight finishers in men's Greco-Roman, men's freestyle and women's freestyle.

Team USA on the tube

The U.S. men's basketball senior national team, which features Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, will begin play Tuesday at the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. A top-two finish will qualify the U.S. for Beijing.

A look at the TV schedule:

Wednesday, vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m., ESPN Classic

Thursday, vs. Virgin Islands, 9 p.m., ESPN Classic

Saturday, vs. Canada, 1 p.m., ESPN2

Sunday, vs. Brazil, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Monday, vs. TBD, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Aug. 28, vs. TBD, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Aug. 29, vs. TBD, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Aug. 30, vs. TBD, 10 p.m., ESPN2

Sept. 1, first semifinal, 2 p.m., ESPN360.com; second semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN Classic

Sept. 2, bronze medal game, 2 p.m., FSN; gold medal game, 5 p.m., FSN

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