KO DRUGS BOXING Poland's nine wins set tourney record
Greg Simcox, Lou Zamadio, Joe Merolillo and Mike Ramun all scored their second wins.
By BOB ROTH
LIBERTY -- Nine Poland High boxers won bouts to set a record Wednesday at the quarterfinals of the 14th annual KO Drugs High School Tournament at old Liberty High School.
In the upper-class division, Poland boxers went 4-1 with a draw.
Soccer star Greg Simcox improved to 2-0 when his light-heavyweight bout with Greenville's Roger Reynolds was stopped 33 seconds into the first round.
Also improving to 2-0 were Bulldogs Lou Zamadio, Joe Merolillo and Mike Ramun.
Zamudio stopped Canfield's Mike Spatara in the first round of a lightweight bout, Merolillo won a super-lightweight decision over Rayen School's Chris Mahinparvar, and Ramun stopped Niles' Eric Humphrey in the third round of their junior middleweight bout.
Strategy: "I have learned to take a few punches in order to give some punches," Ramun said. "Tonight, when my opponent started to come on in the last round, he left himself open for my right-hand shots."
Ramun's brother, Dan, and cousin Matt won underclass decisions.
Among Poland's other winners were middleweight Tyler Lehman, super middleweight Mike Jones and cruiserweight Mike Crnarich.
Liberty's Mike Marvin improved to 2-0 with an impressive super middleweight decision over Columbiana's John Tollas.
One of the better power punching performances was by Cardinal Mooney freshman John Loew, who improved to 2-0 by stopping Struthers' Tim Overman 32 seconds into their junior welterweight bout. Loew decked his opponent twice with a left hook.
The best bout of the night was between middleweights Dwayne Pompey of Woodrow Wilson and Rafael Strother of Warren Harding, who stood toe-to-toe through all three rounds without a clinch.
Wilson's Pompey won a split decision to improve to 2-0.
Dedicates win: Ursuline's Rob Smaltz improved to 2-0 with a light-heavyweight decision over Warren Harding's Fuquan Carroll. Smaltz dedicated his fight to his brother, Scott, who was recently injured in an automobile accident.
"Carroll is a tough fighter and he came out and caught me with some good shots early, but I wasn't going to lose this fight," said Smaltz after flooring Carroll with a right in the third round.
Harding's Preston Burgess improved to 2-0 when he stopped Girard's Nick Roach 22 seconds into the second round of their heavyweight bout.
The tournament continues next Wednesday with the semifinals.