As we get ready to start another year for the Cincinnati High School Boxing Team & the University of Cincinnati Boxing Club, a quick look back at last season. 2017-2018 was by far our best and most active season for the UC Boxing Club. Due in large part to the hard work by Club President Tyler Rutz, we had a record number of members this past season with everybody putting in a lot of hard work and having a lot of fun. In intercollegiate boxing competitions, 8 different UC boxers competed in 10 total events, with an overall record of 16-10. Fighting both locally in Cincinnati, Columbus and Oxford, we also traveled to compete at the New York City Athletic Club in November, at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle in January and at the University of California Berkeley in February. In addition to UC boxers competing at those 3 out of state shows, we also took several members of the Miami University Boxing Club to each of those events as well.
In March 2018, UC had 3 boxers compete in the NCBA Midwest Regional Tournament hosted by Xavier University. Freshmen Jacob Maslyk & Joe Carli both advanced to the Finals of the Regional Tournament in the 132lb and 139lb weight classes respectively, qualifying them for the NCBA National Tournament. They both lost their matches in the Regional Finals to their friends and training partners from Miami University, Ryan Adelson & Adan Salguero. It was a great experience having all 4 of those guys training together and making the finals of the tournament together and exhibiting tremendous sportsmanship when having to fight each other. Also congratulations to UC boxer Sarah Stoner who won her match in March at the Cincinnati Regional Golden Gloves Tournament.
In April we traveled to the West Point Military Academy in New York to compete in the NCBA National Tournament. It was a fantastic experience for Jacob and Joe to fight in Nationals as freshmen. Jacob lost a very close split decision in the quarterfinals to a senior from the University of Washington. Joe won his quarterfinal match to earn NCBA All-American Honors before losing in the semi-finals to a boxer from Army. And big congratulations to Miami’s Adan Salguero for winning the 139lb NCBA National Championship (and being named Outstanding Boxer of the entire tournament) and Ryan Adelson for being the 132lb NCBA National Runner-up.
The Cincinnati High School Boxing Team had a slightly smaller team than usual, but still had a good season with many of them, along with many UC boxers, competing in our Intramural Boxing Show in February. Due to the Aquinas Institute also having a smaller than usual team, we unfortunately had to cancel our annual event with them due to a shortage of evenly matched bouts. However, we hope to resume that competition this season.
The High School Team was led by Oak Hills student Nathan Todd. First off, Nathan had a strong academic year, winning a USA Boxing National Academic Award for his achievements in both the classroom and in boxing. Nathan also was able to skip his senior year of high school so he will be attending the University of Cincinnati this year and boxing for the UC Boxing Club.
In May, Coach Jeff Perry took Nathan Todd, former High School Boxing Team member Sean Scott and Miami University’s Adan Salguero to Ireland for a week of training and sight-seeing in Balleymoney, Northern Ireland and Belfast. This was our first trip as part of the cross-cultural non-profit organization Bridges Beyond Boxing. We had an amazing time and were treated with incredible hospitality by Irish Coach Spike Martin and all of the people we met in Ireland. We hope to be able to give more kids the opportunity to make this trip again next year or sometime soon. The boxing team from Ireland, including 12 boxers and several coaches, will be coming to Cincinnati the week of September 10. They’ll spend some time training with us at Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing and will have a competition on Sep 12 against boxers from Cincinnati, including Nathan Todd.
After not competing for nearly two years due to numerous hand injuries, but continuing to train hard that entire time, Nathan Todd finally resumed competing in July. In his first match back he won in Covington, KY and followed that up by winning the 141lb Novice Youth Division at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, OH with a 3rd round TKO. We are very excited for Nathan to be fighting again and now starting his collegiate boxing career at UC.
We’re already off to a fast start this season with UC Sophomores Jacob Maslyk & Joe Carli and UC Freshman Nathan Todd, as well as several others, training hard to be ready for the opening of the NCBA boxing season in October with an eye towards competing as often as we can and increasing the amount of travel we did last season. Led by those 3 underclassmen, several additional returning UC boxers and whatever newcomers we get to join this season, we’re expecting to continue building the UC Boxing Team into a force to be reckoned with in college boxing. With official practices starting in October, for info on the start of the new season check out the High School Boxing Team and UC Boxing Club pages on this site, as well as the Team Information page.