They are more than just cheerleaders, they are athletes too. But on Friday night, Ashley Olhausen (16), Audrey Baldwin (17), McKenzie Hannahs (16) and Amanda Mathis (18) were preparing to watch their first live boxing match, and they were ready to holler. These Fallston girls had been talking about this all week.
They noted that one of their very own, Cody Eisner gets a lot of play during the school’s announcements. So they decided to come out and show their support. And did they ever show it, duct tape and all. These girls were so pumped, they mentioned it to some of their C. Milton Wright (CMW) friends. They might be rivals on the baseball diamond, but not for this. The CMW gang was primed too.
Cody did not disappoint. He came out swinging, landing him another win and putting his record at 7-1.
How did it go for him? Good. Did he get hurt? No. Cody’s strategy? “My plan was to get in there and work the body real close to him because he had real long arms.”
Things don’t always go as planned. But tonight, for Cody they did. “He didn’t have any power so I tried to go out there and hit him with some hard shots in the first [round]. The only thing he had on me was his reach, but he had no power whatsoever. I didn’t respect his power— I mean, I respect him as a fighter, but not his power.”
The two previous battles saw hard-hitting fights that were pretty evenly matched. And there was blood. Does the sight of blood make Cody feel tentative? Absolutely not. “I’m not worried about getting knocked out or anything like that. The way I am going to win is by being comfortable and sticking to my game.”
It was a special night, in more ways than one. Cody is used to traveling for his matchups, but his cheering section ratcheted up the volume when Cody was announced and he appreciated it. “[Being from] Harford County- it’s good it gives me more energy and more confidence going in.
Cody was also injected with some new venom once he was done. “Right after the fight, they asked me if I could get down to 138 [pounds] and I told them yeah. They want to put me in the Junior Olympics next month.” Cody currently weighs 140 pounds.
“That’s my goal now, the Junior Olympics. I’m going to do as many fights as I can, the more the merrier. Win or lose it’s going to get me ready and that’s what I’m all about right now, getting that experience.” Cody lamented. That and losing two pounds.
After his Golden Gloves appearance, Cody was named sportsman of the year. The award, given annually, goes to two boxers who show good sportsmanship before, during and after a fight. His opponent, Mike Reed was also a winner.
“It doesn’t matter who won or lost, but they both went over to the opposing corner— and it was a close fight— and congratulated each other. And it was just a nice thing. I had to honor them,” said Bobby McGruder who was responsible for picking the winners.