Air Force Sweeps Competition at Tracy Borah Duals
Junior Jesse Stafford

Jan. 11, 2014

GUNNISON, Colo. - The Air Force wrestling team posted a 4-0 record at the 24th-annual Tracy Borah Duals, hosted by Western State Colorado, on Saturday. The Falcons opened with a 26-9 victory over the Mountaineers, followed by wins over Embry-Riddle (37-12), Colorado Mesa (36-9) and Simon Fraser (51-0). With the dual victories, the Falcons improve to 7-2 on the season.

Against WSCU, Air Force won its first seven bouts to stake a 26-0 lead before the Mountaineers came back to win decisions in the final three weight classes. Junior Jesse Stafford (Loomis, Calif.) led the way for the Falcons, scoring a technicall fall at 165 pounds, while Natrelle Demison (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.), Josh Kreimier (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) and Konner Witt (So., Oak Harbor, Ohio) posted major decisions at 149, 157 and 174 pounds, respectively.

In their second dual of the day, the Falcons won eight of 10 bouts, with Kreimier, Stafford and 197-pounder Jack Carda (Jr., Kimball, S.D.) registering falls to lead Air Force. Meanwhile, Air Force won eight straight matches to start its dual versus Colorado Mesa, before dropping its final two bouts. Rinker and Stafford were the top performers against the Mavericks, each recording falls, while Kreimier scored a technical fall.

Air Force closed out the day with a clean sweep victory over Simon Fraser, winning five matches by fall. Josh Martinez (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), David Walker (Fr., St. Marys, Iowa), Demison, Daniel Baucke (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.) and Carda all scored pins, while Carter McElhany (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) added a technical fall to help lead the Falcons to victory.



The Falcons return to action next Saturday, Jan, 18, when they head to Corvallis, Ore., for a pair of duals versus Oregon State and Southern Oregon.

Air Force 26, Western State Colorado 9
125: #6 Josh Martinez (AF) dec. Dammion Heard, 10-5
133: Greg Rinker (AF) dec. Zachary Shank, 5-4
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Corbin Bennetts, 4-3
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) maj. dec. Clayton Bunker, 8-0
157: Josh Kreimier (AF) maj. dec. Garrett Adams, 12-2
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) tech fall Jorge Benitez, 16-0 (5:55)
174: Konner Witt (AF) maj. dec. Jaden Olearnick, 9-0
184: Kyle Piatt (WSCU) dec. Scott Reilly, 10-6
197: Samuel Mangum (WSCU) dec. Parker Hines, 6-0
285: Lane Stuht (WSCU) dec. Marcus Malecek, 4-2 (SV)

Air Force 37, Embry-Riddle 12
125: Gilbert Martinez (ERAU) fall Cassidy Oshiro, 3:57
133: Greg Rinker (AF) maj. dec. Mason Saldana, 12-2
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Anton King, 6-1
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) dec. Colin Merkley, 8-4
157: Josh Kreimier (AF) fall Matthew Coultas, 1:51
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) fall Taylor Damico, 1:47
174: Scott Reilly (AF) dec. Jose Cruz III, 12-6
184: Jonathan Wiley (ERAU) fall Garrett Wells, 4:32
197: Jack Carda (AF) fall Troy Killgore, 6:26
285: Marcus Malecek (AF) win by forfeit

Air Force 36, Colorado Mesa 9
125: #6 Josh Martinez (AF) maj. dec. Erick Vargas, 10-0
133: Greg Rinker (AF) fall Jonathon Stelling, 4:01
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Daniel Salazar, 10-3
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) dec. James Martinez, 9-5
157: Josh Kreimier (AF) tech fall Justin Schumacher, 18-2 (5:30)
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) fall Jessie Hoffschneider, 2:06
174: Scott Reilly (AF) dec. Chester Granard, 5-2
184: Konner Witt (AF) win by forfeit
197: Francisco Retana (CMU) fall Parker Hines, 5:59
285: Jordan Passehl (CMU) dec. Marcus Malecek, 3-0

Air Force 51, Simon Fraser 0
125: #6 Josh Martinez (AF) fall Skylar Davis, 1:14
133: Carter McElhany (AF) tech fall Sukhan Chahal, 17-0
141: David Walker (AF) fall Dillon Hume, 2:02
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) fall Brendan Seppala, 1:56
157: Daniel Baucke (AF) fall Josh Punzo, 1:46
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) maj. dec. Brock Lamb, 16-2
174: Scott Reilly (AF) dec. Reid Watkins, 6-3
184: Willie Baker (AF) dec. Joshua Kim, 6-1
197: Jack Carda (AF) fall Ryan Yewchin, 2:08
285: Marcus Malecek (AF) win by forfeit

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