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Willmar boxing wraps up at Wadena

The Willmar boxing team ended its five-month season last weekend in Wadena at the Region IV Golden Gloves Tournament.

The boxers split four matches at the armory over Friday and Saturday.

Manager Kirk Davis commented that it was a terrific finish to a solid season in the city auditorium downtown gym.

“We are all so proud of our kids,” stated Davis. “They gave it their all this past weekend and all year. From practice in the gym to the ring they did all that was asked of them. It made it an enjoyable season for me and assistant coach Nate Rinke.”

In Junior Division bouts on March 29, each against fighters from the Grafton, N.D. team, Fernando Zavela defeated Tony Narro in a 103-pound match by unanimous decision using head-and-body combos.

Alex Duran, at 125 pounds, lost by split decision to Tony Morton, who twice was cautioned for low hits.

Diamond Tello, 12, got her third match of her rookie year defeating Selena DeLeon, a more seasoned boxer with eight fights.

“Both girls boxed very well,” Davis said. “Diamond’s strong, straight punches sent Selena backwards and kept her off balance to give us our second victory of the evening.”

On Saturday in the Class A championships, Eloy Zavala met Sergio Garcia at 123 pounds in a rematch of last year’s Region IV final. The Willmar fighter, 17, gave up eight years to the Fergus Falls pugilist in age. In 2012, Garcia won his first two bouts at the national tournament.

Zavala took an eight-count in the second round and another in the third but each time battled back with aggressively, sending Garcia staggering into the ropes to end the second.

Garcia won the meeting and was presented the “Best Boxer” trophy while Zavala received the hardware for “Fightingest Fighter.”