Vermillion boxers compete in Junior Olympic tournament

Vermillion boxers compete in Junior Olympic tournament In its seventh season, the Vermillion Boxing Ream (VBT) has quietly been maintaining a reputation for hard work and competitiveness. On April 2 and 3, the VBT had four members compete at the S.D. State Junior Olympic Tournament in Sioux Falls, at the Siouxland Boxing Gym. Dakota Roland, Joey Brewer, Jeremy Amundsen, and Roman LaMie made their presence felt by winning state honors in three divisions.

On Friday, April 2, in the 12- and 13-year-old, 112-pound division, Dakota Roland and Joey Brewer had the misfortune of facing off against each other in the semi-final bout. Brewer won a very hard fought decision which had the crowd roaring in approval. By putting their friendship aside and competing hard in Olympic Style Boxing tradition, the VBT boxers truly deserved the approval they received.

One spectator said, "Both boxers did Vermillion proud!" On Saturday, April 3, Brewer advanced to the championship where he faced Adam Carpenter of Siouxland Boxing. Although Carpenter was full of fight, Brewer's superior hand and foot speed couldn't be matched and he battled to another hard fought decision.

On April 2, in the 12- and 13-year-old, 125-pound division, Jeremy Amundsen received a walk-over championship as a result of having no competitors in his age and weight division. He did, however, get a matched bout with Siouxland's Jordan Boyd. Amundsen came out at the first bell, boxing hard, and gained a quick advantage by winging left and right hooks, strategically trying to overcome his height and reach disadvantage.

Unfortunately, a right hook was delivered awkwardly, spraining Amundsen's right thumb and hindering his ability to continue the bout beyond the second round.

On Friday, in the 15-and 16-year-old, super heavyweight division, Roman LaMie easily walked away with the championship by pummeling S. Kasko, of Cheyenne Eagle Butte in the first round. On Saturday, April 3, LaMie stepped up for a matched bout against Siouxland's Antonio Thompson. Thompson, an imposing heavyweight and state champion wrestler, appeared to have an obvious physical advantage as both boxers met at the center of the ring.

Having an advantage of his own, LaMie would let his experience balance the scales. The bout was marked by LaMie's right hand leads and good footwork as he boxed his way to a majority decision.

The three VBT South Dakota State Junior Olympic Champs will compete May 1 and 2 at Sturgis in the Regional Junior Olympic Tournament. Boxer's from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming will be competing.

Thank you to all our fans, supporters, and the city of Vermillion. If you have any questions about the VBT, please call coaches Marc Zimiga or Matt Stricherz.

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