Jan. 15, 2011
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -
The Air Force wrestling team posted a 3-1 record at the Lone Star Duals on Saturday, defeating Brown, Arizona State and Wayland Baptist, while falling to No. 19 American.
In its first match-up of the day, Air Force (5-2) won seven of nine contested bouts and picked up a forfeit win to earn a 36-6 victory over Brown. The Bears took an early 3-0 lead with a win at 125 pounds, but wins in the next three weight classes put Air Force ahead 10-3. After another Brown victory at 157 pounds, the Falcons closed out the match with five straight wins, including falls by Josh Mohr (So., Pewaukee, Wis.) and Jared Erickson (So., Newton, Utah) at 184 and 285 pounds, respectively.
Leading the other winners for Air Force were senior Joseph Stafford (Loomis, Calif.), who earned a 17-2 technical fall at 157 pounds, and 10th-ranked Cole VonOhlen (So., Jackson, Minn.), who picked up a 9-1 major decision at 141 pounds. In addition, Derek Gillespie (Sr., Chesapeake, Va.), Josh Kreimier (Fr., Fort Collins, Colo.) and Clayton Gable (So., Dallastown, Pa.) won decisions at 133, 149 and 165 pounds, respectively, while Neil Delaney (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.) was credited with a forfeit victory at 197 pounds.
Against Arizona State, ranked eighth in the latest Intermat poll, the Falcons won three individual bouts and added a pair of forfeit victories to pull off the 26-23 win. Gillespie gave Air Force its first win of the dual meet, a 9-3 decision at 133 pounds, while VonOhlen scored a technical fall at 141 pounds. Kreimier added a fall in the 149-pound match, as the Falcons grabbed a 14-5 advantage in the team scoring. With forfeit victories at 157 and 197 pounds, Air Force was able to hold on for the team win, despite four more individual wins by the Sun Devils.
In its third dual of the day, Air Force rolled to a 55-0 victory over Wayland Baptist, scoring seven falls in nine contested bouts. Senior Andrew Zwirlein (Nashotah, Wis.) opened the match with a 14-6 major decision at 125 pounds, while Tyler Untrauer (Jr., Midwest City, Okla.), VonOhlen, Kreimier, Williams, Gable and Stafford followed with consecutive pins. Kazden Ikehara (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii) notched a 7-4 decision at 184 pounds, while Erickson closed out the match with a fall in the heavyweight bout, following a WBU forfeit at 197.
The Falcons closed out the day with a close 23-17 loss to 19th-ranked American. The Eagles, who are also ranked eighth in the nation by Intermat, won the first two weight classes before VonOhlen put Air Force on the board with a dominating 19-3 technical fall over No. 15 Matt Mariacher. Gable added a win at 165 pounds, pulling out a 6-5 decision, while Mohr registered a 13-8 decision at 184 pounds. In addition, Erickson picked up six team points with a forfeit victory at heavyweight.
Also on Saturday, the Falcons sent another group of wrestlers to the Borah Duals, where they faced CSU-Pueblo, Western State and Mesa State. Air Force picked up an 18-17 win over CSU-Pueblo, while falling to host Western State, 36-7, and Mesa State, 34-12.
In the dual between Air Force and CSU-Pueblo, both teams earned a technical fall and four decisions, but the Falcons were awarded a team penalty point to capture the team victory. Sophomore Tyler Spangler (Midlothian, Va.) led the way for Air Force, recording a technical fall in his first action of the season, while freshmen Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.), Daniel Baucke (Memphis, Tenn.), Jarret Hoeppner (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Carter Adams (Coon Rapids, Minn.) each added wins at 125, 149, 165 and 174 pounds, respectively.
Air Force won just two matches against the host Mountaineers, who are currently rated fourth in the Division II team rankings. Baucke recorded a 10-2 major decision over WSC’s Justin Keys, while Adams added a 9-7 decision over Cody Frankum. The Falcons also picked up a pair of individual wins against Mesa State, with Rinker and Garrett Manley (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) recording falls at 125 and 149 pounds, respectively.
Air Force returns to action next weekend, Jan. 21-22, when they head to the West Coast for three dual meets. The Falcons will visit Cal State Fullerton on Friday night, then take part in the Cal Baptist Duals on Saturday versus Cal Baptist and Menlo.
LONE STAR DUALS
Air Force 36, Brown 6
125 Billy Watterson (BU) dec. Andrew Zwirlein, 6-4
133 Derek Gillespie (AF) dec. Cort Choate, 5-3
141 No. 10 Cole VonOhlen (AF) maj. dec. C.J. Howard, 9-1
149 Josh Kreimier (AF) dec. Giuseppi Lanzi, 7-6
157 Pat Labuz dec. Alec Williams, 6-3
165 Clayton Gable (AF) dec. Jeff Lemmer, 3-0
174 Joseph Stafford (AF) tech fall Brandon Vorrius, 17-2
184 Josh Mohr (AF) fall Ziad Kharbush, 6:18
197 Neil Delaney (AF) win by forfeit
285 Jared Erickson (AF) fall Caleb Blaney, 3:46
Air Force 26, Arizona State 23
125 No. 3 Anthony Robles (ASU) tech fall Andrew Zwirlein, 16-0
133 Derek Gillespie (AF) dec. David Prado, 9-3
141 No. 10 Cole VonOhlen (AF) tech fall Kalin Goodsite, 16-0
149 Josh Kreimier (AF) fall Taihei Fukumoto, 2:08
157 Alec Williams (AF) win by forfeit
165 Tee Edwards (ASU) dec. Clayton Gable, 7-2
174 Joseph Stafford (AF) win by forfeit
184 Jake Meredith (ASU) dec. Kazden Ikehara, 10-3
197 Luke Macchiaroli (ASU) fall Cody Davis, 2:20
285 Levi Cooper (ASC) fall Jared Erickson, 6:57
Air Force 55, Wayland Baptist 0
125 Andrew Zwirlein (AF) maj. dec. Richard Leal, 14-6
133 Tyler Untrauer (AF) fall Shane Wilkinson, 4:15
141 No. 10 Cole VonOhlen (AF) fall Paz Acosta, 1:17
149 Josh Kreimier (AF) fall Michael Gerber, 1:44
157 Alec Williams (AF) fall Aaron Rios, 3:25
165 Clayton Gable (AF) fall Marc Backus, 2:11
174 Joseph Stafford (AF) fall William Sheppard, 0:45
184 Kazden Ikehara (AF) dec. Manuel Rocha, 7-4
197 Cody Davis (AF) win by forfeit
285 Jared Erickson (AF) fall Andrew Harmoney, 1:03
No. 19 American 23, Air Force 17
125 Naryman Arujau (AU) dec. Andrew Zwirlein, 13-9
133 Kevin Tao (AU) dec. Tyler Untrauer, 8-6 (SV)
141 No. 10 Cole VonOhlen (AF) tech fall No. 15 Matt Mariacher, 19-3
149 Ganbayar Sanjaa (AU) dec. Josh Kreimier, 3-1
157 No.1 Steve Fittery (AU) tech fall Alec Williams, 17-2
165 Clayton Gable (AF) dec. Bubba Graham, 6-5
174 Tanner Shaffer (AU) dec. Joseph Stafford, 5-3
184 Josh Mohr (AF) dec. Tom Barreiro, 13-6
197 No. 20 Danny Mitchell (AU) fall Cody Davis, 1:37
285 Jared Erickson (AF) win by forfeit