In what should have been rising mixed martial arts star Craig Reishus’ most challenging fight to date, the lanky Juneau college student dispatched Hoonah police officer David Lindstrom 1:35 into round one, leaving the sellout crowd at Marlintini’s Roughhouse Friday shocked over what had been anticipated as a three-round battle.
“I went for a head kick and didn’t set it up,” said Lindstrom, 22, 169 pounds, who outweighed his opponent by 14 pounds. “Throwing kicks is not my thing. I needed to put him on the mat.”
Instead, Reishus (8-1) put a choke hold on Lindstrom (0-2) who tried to dislodge it by standing up, an athletic feat in and of itself. As the chokehold tightened, Lindstrom attempted to slam Reishus to the canvas, but Reishus locked the move even harder until his opponent tapped out.
Lindstrom is a three-time Alaska state high school wrestling placer, including a runner-up his senior year, and two-time Region V champion. Now, Reishus is possibly the best MMA fighter to step into Marlintini’s.
“He was tough,” Reishus, 23, said. “I think people sometimes underestimate my grappling skills.”
The undercard featured the second best clash of the night as Hoonah’s Kole Skaflestad (1-1), 18, 177 pounds, gave Juneau’s Brett Van Alen (1-1), 25, 166 pounds, an action-infused loss on points.
Skaflestad took top position in the first round but Van Alen escaped to score needed points. Neither fighter took the action across the ring in round two and then had to be pulled apart by the referee, corner men and bouncers in round three.
Van Alen asked ring announcer Bob Haag for one more round as fans cheered and booed the decision.
“We have a rematch for next month,” Haag said to much applause.
The undercard was leather-laced as boxing bouts made ringside seats worth the price of admission.
Prince of Wales’ Royal “Crown Royal” Hudson (5-5), 20, 254 pounds, outpointed Klawock’s James “The Beast” Roberts (4-7-1), 25, 313 pounds, in a three-round spar as neither fighter could defend nor damage their opponent. Hudson would cover on the ropes, take the punishment then dish out a barrage of his own until neither could put out any action in the final round.
Domino Pizza man Tawn Green (2-1), 25, 157 pounds, from New Orleans, outpointed Juneau’s Hunter Hildre (0-1), 22, 151 pounds, in a blood-spattered mix. Both fighters threw a flurry of punches and twice Hildre tasted the canvas, leaving the ring bloodied at the bell.
Juneau’s Alaska Army National Guard brawler Gerardo Lopez (3-1), 22, 213 pounds, continued to show improved skills as he got the nod over Hoonah’s Charlie Gallant (17-5), 21, 200 pounds. Lopez pushed Gallant, who was penalized for holding, across the ring.
Gallant did notch a win in a later, action-packed fight over Hoonah’s Elijah Sheakley (5-4), 33, 183 pounds. With lots of leather flying, Gallant was the more polished pugilist, covering, countering and taking the win.
Juneau’s Michael Friedrichs (3-0), 21, 132 pounds, gave fellow citizen Ray Coronell (0-1), 19, 142 pounds, an introductory loss in two rounds of wild bombs and a final action-less round-three decision.
The next Roughhouse action is scheduled for late March. Interested fighters should contact Marlintini’s Lounge owner Ethan Billings at 789-0799.
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