|Villa took home his second straight National J.O. title. (Ruben Villa)|
Ruben “Dracula” Villa took one last bite out of the field in Saturday’s 119-pound final at the National Junior Olympics in Mobile, Ala. The defending champion from Salinas outpointed Las Vegas native Devin Haney and was one of four Region 11 (NorCal and Central Cal) amateurs to reach the gold medal round.
Last year’s 110-pound champion, Fresno’s Isidro Ochoa, moved up to 125 pounds and downed Ohio’s Michael Nelson in his final. Sanger’s Derek Ochoa lost by decision to New Mexico’s Aaron Perez at 106 pounds to take silver, and Bakersfield’s Odalys Camacho bested Kristy Rodriguez of Illinois for the female 114-pound crown.
A sextet of locals fell in the semifinals and will receive bronze medals: South San Francisco’s Charlie Sheehy (132 pounds), Daly City’s Suray Mahmutovic (165 pounds), Sacramento’s Angel Rios (165 pounds), Napa’s Brandon Trejo (138 pounds), Sacramento’s Amisael Jimenez (154 pounds), and Antioch’s Katrina Nahe (female 119 pounds), who represented the USF Boxing Club.
|Region 11 poses for a post-tournament picture. (Lydia Razo)|
As a result of the guaranteed 10 medals, Region 11 was currently tied for first place in the team standings heading into the last day of action. However, Villa and Isidro Ochoa's results counted toward the Junior World Team's tally because they competed with the JWT in Ukraine earlier this year.
SATURDAY'S FINAL RESULTS
106 lbs/male: Aaron Perez (New Mexico) def. Derek Ochoa (Region 11/Sanger)
114 lbs/female: Odalys Camacho (Region 11/Bakersfield) def. Kristy Rodriguez (Illinois)
119 lbs/male: Ruben "Dracula" Villa (Region 11/Salinas) def. Devin Haney (Las Vegas)
125 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa (Region 11/Fresno) def. Michael Nelson (Ohio)
FRIDAY'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS
119 lbs/female: Jayda Thomas (Detroit) TKO2 Katrina Nahe (Region 11/Antioch)
132 lbs/male: Keoni Adric, Jr., (Hawaii) dec. Charlie Sheehy (Region 11/South S.F.), 2-1
138 lbs/male: Mark Dawson (Philadelphia) dec. Brandon Trejo (Region 11/Napa), 3-0
145 lbs/male: Hans Perez (New York) dec. Angel Rios (Region 11/Sacramento), 3-0
154 lbs/male: Ferdinand Kerobyan (N. Hollywood) dec. Amisael Jimenez (Region 11/ Sacramento), 3-0
165 lbs/male: Manjaro Hills, Jr. (Louisiana) dec. Suray Mahmutovic (Region 11/Daly City), 3-0