FORT HOOD — For the second time in as many years, Spc. Kenneth Dewey readied himself in a corner opposite a teammate.
And, for the second straight year, Dewey was eliminated by a teammate.
Dewey, though, didn’t walk away empty-handed.
The 3rd Cavalry Regiment soldier finished second, but his team won the 2013 III Corps and Fort Hood Combatives tournament team championship Saturday at Abrams Gym.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” Dewey said losing to a teammate. “At least one of us won and we represented the team (together).”
Dewey lost his middleweight championship bout to teammate Pvt. 1st Class Branden Levay by submission, but after a runner-up finish last year to the 41st Fires Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Regiment owns the combatives bragging rights at Fort Hood.
“Last year we came in runners up and I told the coach, ‘Next year, I want to win this thing,’” said Col. John B. Richardson, Commander, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. “He brought the team together, they trained hard, worked hard, developed a bond and I think it all paid off at the end.”
3rd Cavalry Regiment finished with 404 team points. The 41st Fires Brigade, last year’s champion and the runner-up in 2011, finished second with 335 points and 1st Team, 1st Cavalry finished third with 305 points.
The 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which held a 314-240 lead over 1st Team, 1st Cavalry going into Saturday’s championships, had six combatants fighting on the final day, including three in division championship fights. Pvt. 1st Class Lucas Greenwalt came back after a blistering start to defeat Spc. Adekunle Okusaga, 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, for the welterweight championship. Both fighters landed punching flurries in the opening 30 seconds of the match, but after the initial outburst, Greenwalt closed the gap, took Okusaga to the mat and took to wrestling.
Greenwalt mounted Okusaga from behind and attacked the back of his head until the referee stopped the match late in the first round.
“He got me with the first punch, knocked me to the ground really hard and then I got back up and just did what I did best and just wrestle,” Greenwalt said. “I took him down and ground and pound, baby.”
Also from 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Pvt. 2nd Class Benjamin Craig def. Pfc. Mayra Llamoas, 4st Sustainment Brigade, by referee stoppage in the first round of their third-place bantamweight fight. Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Rash won third-place in the cruiser weight class after his first-round technical knockout of Sgt. 1st Class Wilder Smith, Carl R. Darnall Medical Center. Pvt. 2nd class Tyler Garrison lost to Spc. Jesse Wood, fighting unaffiliated, by referee stoppage in the first round of their third-place welterweight fight. It was the only fight a 3rd Cavalry Regiment soldier competed in Saturday night that did not win.
“The difference was they put about two more months of training into this year,” Richardson said. “And, I think there’s an element of pride involved — they just lost by a hair last year and they wanted to come back and make a difference this year.”