Five locals have advanced to the Quarterfinal round of the USA Boxing National Championships in Fort Carson, CO.
In the 132-pound class, Gary Antonio Russell of Capitol Heights, MD won a 32-13 decision over Francisco Esparza of Las Vegas, NV. Russell will now face Raynell Williams of Cleveland, OH. Williams won by third-round disqualification over Landover, MD's Kevin Rivers, Jr. No word on why Rivers was disqualified.
To make this matchup an even more interesting affair, Williams is a 2008 US Olympian, which means he was a teammate of Russell's brother, Gary Russell, Jr.
Also moving on will be 2010 National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton of DC. Grayton decisioned Sammie Millhouse of Bambens, SC, 23-14.
Two local 165-pounders advanced to the quarters -- Russell Gaskins of DC won a close, 13-12 decision over Kevin Newman, II of Las Vegas while Demond Nicholson of Laurel, MD decisioned Andre Penn of Rapid City, SD, 19-10.
During Wednesday's morning session, 178-pounder Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD moved into the elite eight with a 17-12 decision over Devaun Lee of Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Some rather surprising losses for Beltway Amateurs during Wednesday's action. Two of the local 141-pounders lost as 2011 National Golden Gloves champ Michael Reed of Waldorf, MD fell to Robert Easter, Jr. of Toledo, OH by a 29-22 score while Antonio Magruder of Suitland, MD lost to Nicholas Delomba of Cranston, RI, 20-8.
In the 178-pound class, Gregory Newby of DC dropped a 29-10 decision to Steven Nelson of Fort Walton Beach, FL. Patrick Harris of Hyattsville, MD lost his bout in the 132-pound division, falling to Lavisas Williams of Rochester, NY, 24-18 while Asia Stevenson of DC lost her bout in the 125-pound female division as she was stopped by Rashida Ellis of Lynn, MA.