Just a handful of Beltway amateurs survived a tough day of competition at the Women's Olympic Trials and the Men's Qualifier at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on Wednesday.
At the Women's trials, Franchon Crews stayed in the tournament by winning her 165-pound challengers bracket bout by a 3-0 decision over Naomi Graham of Colorado Springs, CO. Crews will take on Tika Hemingway of Brackenridge, PA on Thursday.
At 132 pounds, Tiara Brown lost her first bout of the tournament, dropping a 3-0 decision to Mikaela Meyer of Los Angeles, CA. Brown is still in the tournament but is not scheduled to compete today.
Amelia Moore's Olympic journey is over at 132 pounds. Moore lost her bout by medical walkover. No word on why she was unable to compete on Wednesday.
On the men's side, only two locals made it into the next round of competition. Donald Wallace of Catonsville, MD won a 2-1 decision over Antonio Woods of Cedar Rapids, IA in the 165-pound bracket. Also, Colby Madison of Owings Mills, MD won a 3-0 decision over Austin Joseph of Atlanta, GA at 201+ pounds.
Six locals were eliminated from competition on Wednesday. At 132 pounds, Jalonte Cole lost a 3-0 decision to Elijah Peixoto of East Providence, RI while Ernest Hall lost by the same decision to Michael Dutchover of Midland, TX.
At 141, Nigel Fennell fell by a 3-0 decision to Michael Montgomery of Macon, GA.
Keeshawn Williams lost a 3-0 decision to Ferdinand Kerobyan of North Hollywood, CA at 152 pounds.
At 165, Tavon Body dropped a 3-0 decision to Frederick Wilson of Cleveland, OH.
Also, Mark Duncan suffered a third-round stoppage at the hands of Eric Moon of Marietta, GA at 178 pounds.