Air Force Drops 35-6 Decision to Purdue
Jan. 18, 2008
West Lafayette, Ind. - With just one individual victory, the Air Force wrestling team opened its Midwest trip with a 35-6 loss to Purdue, Friday evening at the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility. The Falcons fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Boilermakers improve to 5-2 overall.
Purdue opened the match with a pair of decisions, including a 5-4 overtime victory at 125 pounds. Senior Jake Kriegbaum (Abilene, Kan.) was able to tie the score for the Falcons at 141 pounds, registering a fall over Matt Redmond in a time of 2:17. Unfortunately, Air Force was unable to notch another win in the match. The Boilermakers scored three major decisions, two decisions, a tech fall and a fall down the stretch to cruise to the 35-6 decision.
The Falcons' best opportunity for a second win came in the final bout of the evening, the heavyweight match. Senior Anthony Stegeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) held a 2-1 advantage over Chris Kasten in the waning moments of the third period, but a stalling call gave his opponent another point, tying the score at 2-2. A takedown by Kasten 34 seconds into the overtime period gave Purdue the final individual victory of the evening.
The Falcons are back in action tomorrow as they head to the Hoosier Quad, hosted by 17th-ranked Indiana. In addition to a dual versus the host Hoosiers, Air Force will take on Indianapolis and Gardner-Webb.
Purdue 35, Air Force 6