OBSERVER Staff Report
The Castricone Tai Kwon Do Academy, located in West Seneca, held the 2010 Castricone kickboxing bouts on March 6. There were 15 amateur non-title bouts, with fighters participating form Canada, New York and Pennsylvania.
RIPT MMA co-sponsored the event, in which three Chautauqua County students participated. The students were trained by Bill Matteson, Dave Harriger and Joe Pagan.
Pictured, from left to right, in front, are: Dave Harriger (ground and kickboxing trainer), Bill Matteson (Muai Thai, grappling and kickboxing trainer). Pictured in the middle are: Dylan Sample and Kennedy Matteson. Pictured in back are: Jared Babcock, Alan Hoelzle and JoAnna Rose. Missing was Joe Pagan.
Alan Hoelzle (Dunkirk), JoAnna Rose (Fredonia) and Dylan Sample (Silver Creek) all lost their bouts by decision, as they competed against a traditional Muai Thai Canadian team.
Pagan was awarded a plaque from the RIPT MMA camp for commitment and dedication to the students in the program.
The next scheduled Casticone kickboxing/Muai Thai event is set for June.