Air Force Concludes Action at Lone Star Duals
Jan. 16, 2010
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -
Competing in the annual Lone Star Duals on Saturday, the Air Force wrestling team posted a 1-2 record on the day. The Falcons (2-5) defeated Brown, 18-15, but fell to Northwestern, 26-15, and No. 23 Arizona State, 38-6.
Air Force opened the day with a dual meet versus Northwestern, and claimed an early 6-0 advantage after the first bout with a forfeit victory at 125 pounds before a major decision by the Wildcats at 133 pounds cut the margin to 6-4. Freshman Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.), ranked 14th in the nation at 141 pounds, extended Air Force’s lead to 12-4 after pinning Bobby Joyce in a time of 2:17.
However, Northwestern rattled off victories in the next six bouts to take a commanding 26-12 lead. Earning the final points of the match for the Falcons was senior heavyweight Stephen Larson (Lakeville, Minn.), who captured a 9-4 decision over Marcus Shrewsbury to bring the final score to 26-15.
The Falcons’ dual versus Brown was close throughout, with each team winning five of the 10 bouts. The Bears claimed a decision at 125 pounds, but Air Force picked up decisions from Derek Gillespie (Jr., Chesapeake, Va.) and VonOhlen at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, to take the advantage. The two teams alternated winning decisions through the next three weight classes, with Alec Williams (So., Fultondale, Ala.) claiming a 6-4 victory at 157 pounds for Air Force.
The team score was tied at 9-9 entering the 174-pound bout, where senior Tyler French (Malta, Mont.) registered a fall over Ziad Kharbush in a time of 3:34, putting the Falcons back on top. Still, Brown managed decisions in the next two weight classes to knot the score at 15-15 going into the final match.
With the heavyweight bout proving to be the deciding match in the team scoring, Larson secured an 8-2 decision over Larry Otsuka to give Air Force the 18-15 dual victory over Brown.
Unfortunately, the Falcons did not have much success against No. 23 Arizona State in the final dual meet of the afternoon, despite some close contests. VonOhlen dropped a close 6-4 decision to 16th-ranked Chris Drouin, while the Sun Devils’ 16th-ranked heavyweight, Eric Nye, needed an overtime period to defeat Larson, 2-1. The only points for Air Force in the 38-6 loss to ASU came in a forfeit victory at 197 pounds.
The Falcons are back in action next weekend, Jan. 23, when they head to Gunnison, Colo., for the Borah Duals, hosted by Western State. There, Air Force will face CSU-Pueblo, Mesa State and the host Mountaineers.
“It is always great to have an opportunity to wrestler the other schools in Colorado,” said Air Force head coach Joel Sharratt. “The people of Colorado and the local wrestlers have some great collegiate opportunities right here at home. We are glad to be a part of this event held annually in Gunnison.”
Northwestern 26, Air Force 15
125 Andrew Zwirlein (AF) win by forfeit
133 Eric Melzler (NU) maj. dec. Tyler Untrauer, 9-1
141 #14 Cole VonOhlen (AF) fall Bobby Joyce, 2:17
149 #15 Andrew Nadhir (NU) maj. dec. Gabe Martinez, 19-5
157 Kevin Bialka (NU) dec. Wade Stowe, 13-7
165 Robert Kellogg (NU) maj. dec. Justin Shadrix,10-2
174 Brian Roddy (NU) tech. fall Tyler French, 20-3
184 Aaron Jones (NU) dec. Josh Mohr, 12-6
197 John Schoen (NU) dec. Neil Delaney, 6-2
HWT Stephen Larson (AF) dec. Marcus Shrewsbury, 9-4
Air Force 18, Brown 15
125 Greg Einfrank (BU) dec. Andrew Zwirlein, 5-2
133 Derek Gillespie (AF) dec. Teodora Popolizio, 9-2
141 #14 Cole VonOhlen (AF) dec. Stephen DeLorenzo, 5-2
149 Philip Marano (BU) dec. Gabe Martinez, 3-2
157 Alec Williams (AF) dec. Gabriel Brotzman, 6-4
165 Jeffrey Lemmer (BU) dec. Clayton Gable, 10-5
174 Tyler French (AF) fall Ziad Kharbush, 3:34
184 Bran Crudden (BU) dec. Josh Mohr, 4-3
197 Branden Stearns (BU) dec.Neil Delaney, 2-1 (SV)
HWT Stephen Larson (AF) dec. Larry Otsuka, 8-2
No. 23 Arizona State 38, Air Force 6
125 #3 Anthony Robles (ASU) fall Andrew Zwirlein, 2:00
133 Ben Ashmore (ASU) maj. dec. Tyler Untrauer, 9-1
141 #16 Chris Drouin (ASU) dec. #14 Cole VonOhlen, 6-4
149 Vicente Varela (ASU) tech. fall Gabe Martinez, 20-5
157 Michael Swigart (ASU) fall Wade Stowe, 1:03
165 Kyle DeBerry (ASU) maj. dec. Justin Shadrix, 16-3
174 Eric Starks (ASU) dec. Tyler French, 6-5
184 Jake Meredith (ASU) maj. dec. Josh Mohr, 10-2
197 Neil Delaney (AF) win by forfeit
HWT #16 Eric Nye (ASU) dec. Stephen Larson, 2-1 (SV)