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16-year-old boxer leaves Walker a tournament winner

Region IV's Kevin Harper defeated Mark Pogorelski of Region II at Northern Lights Casino in Walker last Sunday to claim his first berth in the Golden Gloves National Tournament.

The 114-pound Wadena fighter is now qualified for a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. April 25-30.

"He was hungry," Wadena Boxing Club coach Bob Tubandt said. "For a 16-year-old he has a lot of talent."

Wadena superheavyweight Jose Perez lost a decision to Duluth's Ryan Wattson, a 2010 national tournament winner, in the Upper Midwest semifinals.

Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champions

Thomas Yang (108 lbs., Region 2)

Kevin Harper (114 lbs., Region 4)

Delorien Caraway (141 lbs., Region 1)

Nate Rubin (132 lbs., Region 4)

Brad Heroff (123 lbs., Region 2)

Jonathan Hamm (Super-heavyweight, Region 2)

Glen Sommers (Heavyweight, Region 4)

Manny Contreras (178 lbs., Region 2)

Matt Breslin (165 lbs., Region 3)

VeShawn Owens (152 lbs., Region 2)