This past weekend members of the Powerhouse Amateur team that trains out of the Elite Heat Gym in Newark, NJ had successful showings in three different tournaments on the east coast.
First in Stamford, Connecticut, Silver Gloves National Champion Malik Nelson, who was competing in the 13-14 year-old, 85 pound division lost a close decision to Felix Rivera of Connecticut. Nelson is trained by Charles Johnson.
In the same tourney, Jr. Golden Gloves national champion Vito Mielnicki Jr., who competes in the 11-12 year old, 80 pound division won a unanimous decision over Silver Gloves runner-up Xavier Ramirez of Reading, PA.
In the Metro championships that took place at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, NY. Zyad Hassan who fights in the 11 year-old, 95 pound division lost in the finals while Louis Morales had two dominating wins to win the 14-15 year-old, 106 pound title.
Hassan and Morales are trained by Robinson Velez and Abdul Hassan.
In Lake Placid, New York Jonel Lorenzo won the regional tournament in the open class, 123 pound division. That win qualified him for the National tournament.
Lorenzo is coached by Robert Griffin and Ahmed Elliot.
The Junior Olympic team is preparing for the state silver gloves for the state silver glover tournament that takes place on December 21st in Paterson, NJ.