RESULTS FROM LAST WEEKENDS
Tribute to Our Troops
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - Carroll, IA,
Representatives Mike & Terri
Storm: Pete and Pam Peterson did
it again with their fourth Roundkick Rumble. The event
honoring America's Troops
was held at the Carroll, Iowa National Guard Armory to a near
sell out crowd. New and experienced fighters from Iowa,
Illinois and Minnesota displayed their talents in several
exciting Muay Thai and International Rules matches that left
the crowd anticipating the next card. Here are the nights
Men's Amateur IR Super Heavyweight
Audubon, IA, USA (252, 6'0", 19, 08-02-86, Pete
Peterson, (712) 792-8178) versus
Jared Hansen, Audubon, IA,
USA (252, 6'0", 18, 08-23-87, Pete Peterson, (712)
The first fight of the night was an exhibition match between
brothers Kenny and Jared Hansen. Kenny opened
the bout with a strong roundkick to Jared's side and
then an exchanged of punches and kicks ensued. It was easy
to tell the brothers knew each others' moves and were not
afraid to take a swing at each other. In the second round
Jared began throwing the stronger techniques. As the
round continued Kenny dug deep and began generating
more power. Both could take a hit and were more concerned
with striking each other than not getting hit. In the final
round there were courteous exchanges and either one could
take the round. Kenny backed Jared across the
ring until Jared circled back and moved Kenny
around the ring. It was a solid display to open the fight
Amateur MT Bantamweight
Miguel Cruz, Hinsdale,
IL, USA (3-1, 123, 13, 08-24-92, Ricardo Perez, (630)
640-2686) defeated Chad Jones,
Cedar Falls, IL, USA (0-1, 120, 5'3", 15, Andy Uhlenkamp,
(712) 790-7120) by TKO.
In the only junior bout of the night, Miguel Cruz met
Chad Jones. At the opening bell, Jones came
across the ring swinging with a fury intending to overwhelm
Cruz and end the fight early. Cruz was able to
maintain his composure and responded by knocking Jones
down with a punching combination that earned Jones an
8 count. Jones, undiscouraged, rebounded quickly and
again attacked ferociously. However, Jones
overzealousness was countered by Cruz's experience as
Cruz lands several unanswered punches to Jones
earning Jones another 8 count. Jones again
fought back hard and bravely, but in the end he was defeated
as referee Carl Duncan stopped the bout at 1:06 in
the first round.
Women's Amateur MT
Ann Graff, Carroll, IA,
USA (3-2, 146.5, 5'8", 18, 10-12-87, Pete Peterson, (712)
792-8178) defeated Sarah
Kennedy, Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1 152, 5'6",
30, 01-09-76, Diana Rathborne, (612) 821-6800) by split
decision 28-29, 29-28 & 29-28.
The first of two women's matches of the evening demonstrated
the skills of two strong ladies. Graff struck first,
but Kennedy struck hard using both hands and knees in
the opening round. Graff stayed focused on the center
line of Kennedy's body and head. Kennedy
preferred to fight in the clench as Graff had to
adjust her positioning inside due to her height before she
was able to fight in close. Both Graff and Kennedy
were ready to start the second round. After a clumsy
opening, Graff was able to use more of her strategy
to score. Undaunted, Kennedy kept with her attack
plan of trying to get inside and working the clench.
Graff was able to keep Kennedy at a distance for
long periods of time. Both fighters recognized their
strengths and worked for a win. In the final round, both
fighters continued working hard and didn't let fatigue get
in their way. Kennedy pushed in close as Graff
tried to keep her at bay with jabs. Kennedy then
began working Graff's legs but lowered her arms
allowing Graff to land a strong right to Kennedy.
Kennedy responded by forcing a clench. The fighters
were tired but in the final 10 seconds they were able to
turn up the heat and empty their tanks. Graff won the
Men's Amateur IR
Michael Hynes, Iowa
City, IA USA (1-0, 185, 5'10", 25, 02-16-1980)
defeated Able Mohaffy,
Des Moines, IA, USA (1-1, 186, 5'11", 27, 08-08-1978,
Matt Finch, (515) 238-7619) by TKO.
This fight started and ended with a lot of energy. Both
fighters were fit and intense. Hynes moved quickly
around the ring throwing fast strikes and Mohaffy
covered and countered. Mohaffy appeared to be testing
Hynes's techniques as Hynes was trying to wear
down Mohaffy with multiple punches. Hynes was
able to back Mohaffy into the corner with several
unanswered punches before Mohaffy was given an 8
count. In the second round, Mohaffy and Hynes
exchanged blows, strong punching to the body leaned
Mohaffy forward offering his head to Hynes. Mohaffy
was overwhelmed by the strikes to his head and was given
another 8 count. Hynes was energized, but Mohaffy
still had some fight in him and another exchanged occurred.
In the end, Hynes again backed Mohaffy into
the corner and Mohaffy couldn't respond. Referee
Mike Storm stopped the fight at 1:18 in the second
Men's Amateur MMA
Eric Schroeder, Coon
Rapids, IA, USA (1-0, 186, 25, 03-31-1980, Pete Peterson,
(712) 792-8178) vs Mike Duffy,
Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1, 196, 31, 01-01-1975, Diana
Rathborne, (612) 821-6800).
The second exhibition of the night opened with quick jabs
followed by a failed takedown attempt by Schroeder.
Schroeder was able to land two good punches to
Duffy's head getting the crowd excited. Duffy
recovered while in a clench at the rope. The
exhibition was stopped at
2:13 of the first round.
Men's Amateur IR
Aaron Olsen, Breda, IA,
USA (0-1, 168, 6'0", 15, 04-02-1990 Pete Peterson, (712)
792-8178) was defeated by Will
Buelow, Minneapolis, MN, USA (1-0, 165.5 6'0",
21, 06-11-1987, Nat McIntyre) by TKO.
Both first time fighters began round 1 confidently with
solid skills and good ring generalship. Buelow pushed
Olsen back with a kick to the abs. Olsen, a
little shaken, received an 8 count after getting punched in
the face, turning away and not fighting. In the second
round, Olsen evaded a roundkick and delivered one of
his own to Buelow only to be countered by a Buelow
sidekick. Olsen aggressively tried to make up for the
8 count in the first round. However in his attempt he often
walked into or reached in too far as Buelow was able
to land superior body shots. Eventually, Buelow
delivered a front kick to the abs which doubled Olsen
over and lead to an 8 count. A second 8 count was given to
Olsen when a final bodyshot convinced referee Carl
Duncan to stop the fight at 1:47 in the second round.
Women's Amateur MT Light Welterweight
Marie Sturm, Lake View,
IA, USA (1-0, 140 5'4", 23, 01-03-1983, Pete Peterson,
(712) 792-8178) defeated Katie
Vogel, Minneapolis, MN, USA (3-2, 140, 5'6",
26, 11-03-1979, Greg Nelson, (763) 560-5696) by split
decision 28-29, 30-27 & 29-28.
The second women's fight of the card also started out
strong. Vogel tried to use her reach advantage to
keep Sturm away and then throw an overhand right.
Sturm was able to swipe Vogel's hand out of the
way and respond with upper cuts and jabs to the body and
head. As the round continued, the fight got closer with
short clenches with a lot of knees. Sturm was able to
stop Vogel with push kicks twice before the bell.
During the second round Vogel used her height more
effectively and attacked to the head. Sturm answered
with a leg attack. Vogel fought solidly even though
the crowd shouted "Roo" in support of their hometown
favorite. Round three began fast with Sturm landing a
spinning backfist to Vogel's head. Vogel then
tried to regain control with knees in the clench.
Combinations dwindled to single techniques until half way
through the final round when both fighters turned up the
gas. The last 10 seconds left both ladies fighting for the
win. Katie Vogel and Marie Sturm fought in
what was the closest and most evenly matched fight of the
night, the split decision was given to Sturm.
Men's Amateur IR Light Heavyweight
Jeff Cunningham, Boone,
IA, USA (1-2, 174.5, 28, 07-30-1977, Pete Peterson, (712)
792-8178) defeated Langdon
Stahle, Minneapolis, MN, USA (0-1, 171, 5'11",
30, 08-23-1975, Rudy Rogers) by TKO.
The fight opened with a flurry of punches by both fighters
with Cunningham's being more effective. Stahle
was knocked down and received an 8 count. Again, a flurry of
punches ensued and again Stahle dropped to his knees from
the strength of Cunningham's strikes. Referee Carl
Duncan stopped the fight at :33 in round one.
Men's Amateur MT
Minneapolis, MN, USA (4-3, 210 5'8", 34, Rick Faye (612)
821-8600) defeated Trirata
Earmsmuth, Chicago, IL, USA (1-3, 210 6'0",
34, 04-06-1971, Kafnjak Sor Pleoncait (708) 895-6542) by
split decision 29-28, 29-28 & 28-29.
This was a much anticipated fight as Earmsmuth's
intensive Muay Thai training was matched against Rogers'
variety of art styles. The first round began slowly with
both fighters wary of the others power. Earmsmuth
started with kicks to the body as Rogers attempted to
trap and counter. Earnsmuth threw a round kick
followed by several jumping punches landing on Rogers'
head. Earmsmuth continued to be the initial attacker
throughout the round as Rogers used his evasion skills to
counter attack. In the second round, Rogers took
kicks from Earmsmuth and was able to get inside to
land several blows to Earmsmuth body. Earmsmuth
stopped the onslaught by establishing a clench. This pair
used knees in the clench to demonstrate the best muay thai
fighting of the evening. After the clench was broken, three
front kicks by Earmsmuth grazed Rogers as
Rogers parried and countered right punches to the body.
Rogers controlled the remainder of the second round
by staying just inside Earmsmuth's optimum range
leaving Earmsmuth's attacks ineffective. The final
round opened with Earmsmuth landing a strong leg
kick. As Earmsmuth threw a roundkick to Rogers'
head, Rogers kicked Earmsmuth supporting leg.
Again, Rogers was able to diffuse Earmsmuth's
superior height advantage with blocks and evasions.
Rogers was able to land a kick to the body and a hook to
the head before a clench and the end of the round. The win
was given to Rogers in a split decision.
Men's Amateur MT
Jason Skow, Decatur, IL,
USA (4-1, 161.5, 5'6", 21, 09-05-1984, Bradd Bragg, ( ? )
429-5508) defeated Andy
Uhlenkamp, Cedar Falls, IA, USA (2-3, 159.5,
6'0", 19, 05-09-1986, (712) 790-7180) by TKO.
The main event for the evening was a rematch from a March
2005 blood bath. During the intermission before the fight, a
video of the previous fight between the two was shown to the
crowd where Uhlenkamp was victorious. The crowd
expected nothing less for the rematch. The fight opened with
Uhlenkamp throwing a front kick to Skow's body
and Skow having to get up from a flash knock down. In
the clench, Uhlenkamp used powerful knees to slow
down Skow. Unfettered after the clench, Skow
bridged the gap in their distance with leg kicks and hooks
eventually causing another clench. Once in the clench,
Uhlenkamp maintained the necessary room to throw knees
to Skow's body. This scenario repeated before Skow
was able to throw numerous punches to Uhlenkamp's
head. Uhlenkamp stayed in the game with leg kicks. It
appeared the crowd's hope for repeat battle would happen.
Unfortunately, Uhlenkamp complained of dizziness and
blurry vision before the start of the second round and was
not able to continue. Skow won the fight by TKO. The
judges scorecards showed two judges giving the first round
to Uhlenkamp and one judge for Skow. We will
look forward to Skow vs. Uhlenkamp 3.