Wilch advances to national Golden Gloves championships Canka Wilch, 17, of the Wilch Boxing Club, has won the middleweight 165 lb. Regional Golden Gloves title at the Regional Golden Gloves Championship held in Omaha, NE, on April 16.
Wilch beat Seth Heberstreh, 27, of Pierce, NE, to clinch the title.
Wilch won all four of the 2-minute rounds to the dismay of Heberstreh, who had trained furiously for this particular competition. But he did congratulate Wilch by saying "Wilch is an extraordinary fighter to be so good at such a young age."
This is Wilch's first year of being eligible to fight at the Golden Gloves level. Fighters must be 17 to 35 years old, and in the open class with 10 or more fights.
Besides being only 17, Wilch has the distinction this year of being the only opposed fighter from South Dakota to advance to the nationals. T.J. Acohonbautt, 132 lbs., of McLaughlin, advanced unopposed (walkover).
Although four other South Dakota fighters fought bravely in their separate weight classes and each went the entire distance of their fights (four rounds), they did not advance.
Wilch reported to Omaha, NE, on May 14 for a workout with the other regional champions. He left May 15 for the National Golden Gloves Championships which ran through May 20 at Little Rock, AR.
The Wilch Boxing Club thanks Family Chiropractic, Rasmussen Motors and Jim and Barb Kronaizl for helping make the state and regional championship trips possible with their sponsorship.