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Team USA Finishes 10-6 Against Canada

May 07, 2018, 10:44 a.m. (ET)

Team USA will return back to the United States today after a busy weekend of two separate matchups against the Canadian National Team in Regina, Canada.


The eight members of Team USA won a total of 10 bouts, which included sweeps by four Americans.


Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) started both matchups with wins, taking all three judges cards in the first matchup, while taking the split decision victory in the rematch on Sunday, May 6 over Sara Haghighat-Joo. Jajairia Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made an impressive return to international competition, taking unanimous decision victories in both her bouts against Irene Fiolek.


Both Charlie Sheehy (Brisbane, Calif.) and Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) won both matchups against their opponents, with Sheehy taking one unanimous and one split decision victory over Wyatt Sanford. Rojas won his first bout with a unanimous decision, while he took the only TKO of the two days in his second matchup against Karn Mann.


The remaining two victories for Team USA came from Nikitia Ababiy’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) split decision win over Dylan Martin on May 4, and James Brownings (Tempe, Ariz.) taking the second matchup against Luis Santana.


The final two members of the American delegation, Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Miguel Teo (Marlboro, Mass.), fell short of taking the judges cards during both their bouts.


Team USA will return to the international stage later this month in Kazakhstan for the elite men and members of the youth high performance squad will box at the Youth Continental Championships in Colorado Springs.


Team USA Results


May 4

51 kg: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA, dec. over Sara Haghighat-Joo/CAN, 3-0

60 kg: Jajaira Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, dec. over Irene Fiolek/CAN, 3-0

60 kg: Luis Santana/CAN, dec. over James Browning, Tempe, Ariz./USA, 3-0

64 kg: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif./USA, dec. over Wyatt Sanford/CAN, 3-0

69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev./USA, dec. over Karn Mann/CAN, 3-0

75 kg: Tamara Thibeault/CAN, dec. over Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 3-0

75 kg: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, dec. over Dylan Martin/CAN, 2-1

81 kg: Harley-David O’Reilly/CAN, dec. over Miguel Teo, Marlboro, Mass./USA, 3-0


May 6

51 kg: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA, dec. over Sara Haghighat-Joo/CAN, 2-1

60 kg: Jajaira Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, dec. over Irene Fiolek/CAN, 3-0

60 kg: James Browning, Tempe, Ariz./USA, dec. over Luis Santana/CAN,  2-1

64 kg: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif./USA, dec. over Wyatt Sanford/CAN, 2-1

69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev./USA, won by RSC over Karn Mann/CAN, RSC-3

75 kg: Tamara Thibeault/CAN, dec. over Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 3-0

75 kg: Dylan Martin/CAN, dec. over  Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, 3-0

81 kg: Harley-David O’Reilly/CAN, dec. over Miguel Teo, Marlboro, Mass./USA, 3-0