Wilch qualifies for U.S. Boxing Olympics

Wilch qualifies for U.S. Boxing Olympics Canka Wilch, a freshman at Vermillion High School, has qualified for the U.S. Boxing Junior Olympics, slated for Feb. 5-8 in Kansas City, MO.

Wilch qualified for the national competition by winning the regional championship in the 14- and 15-year-old, 139 pound class.

The regional competitors included the state champions from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The regionals were held in Mahnomen, MN, at the Shooting Star Casino, which is comparable to a Las Vegas casino in size.

In front of an audience of 200 people, Wilch beat Luis Solis, a very strong and adept opponent from Minneapolis.

Solis attacked from the onset of the fight but was hit hard with counter punches from Wilch.

Solis was given a standing eight count at the end of the first round. Solis would attack, then retreat in response to Wilch's counter punches.

At the end of the third and final round, Wilch attacked with a barrage of bunches leaving Solis covering up and bewildered.

A couple of judges commented that Wilch was undoubtedly the best fighter at the competition. Wilch is modest about his abilities, but very confident, because he's been to nationals before and said he knows how to succeed.

His fans wish the best for this young boxer who appears to have a bright future.

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