THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
North Bay Fighting Alliance members were busy competing at three venues last weekend, starting with a Gladiator Challenge Pro mixed martial arts card at Konocti Vista.
Pro Rick Cheek won by a one-punch knockout in 30 seconds against Joe Abouata to improve to 3-0 in mixed martial arts. Cheek is 15-0 in pro kick boxing.
Marcello Caserro, 22, also was a winner at Konocti in his first pro bout, defeating P.J. Milsap at 2:27 of the first round on an arm-bar submission.
Winning at the submission grappling national championship at Las Vegas from NBFA were Dominic Ducharme, an 8-year-old third-grader who captured an advanced youth lightweight championship for up to 12-year-olds and; Kyle Griffin, who finished first in the adult open division (179 pounds), and Tony Walker, who won the adult knoice division.
Also at Las Vegas, David Mitchell was second in adult intermediate (179 pounds), Nate Ducharme was third in advanced (199 pounds) and Nate Bresnan was third in adult intermediate (160 pounds).
And in a Greek Pankration (martial arts) youth California state championship at Half Moon Bay last weekend, Andres Torres of NBFA finished first and Andrew Gonzales second in the same lightweight division.
SSU MOVES INTO FIRST
Thanks to Cal State Los Angeles forfeiting three games, Sonoma State's baseball team has moved into first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings.
The Seawolves found out Tuesday that Cal State L.A. had used an ineligible player and has to forfeit three games -- one non-conference contest against Grand Canyon and two CCAA games against Cal State San Bernardino.
The Golden Eagles, No. 1 in the nation in Division II, fall to 32-7, 20-4 in the CCAA. SSU is 38-6, overall and No. 9 in the nation, is 21-3 in conference and now a game ahead of L.A.
Cal Poly Pomona (16-24, 9-19) this weekend.
SSU hosts L.A. in a crucial four game series April 27-29.