Air Force Falls to No. 23 North Dakota State in WWC Opener
Senior Josh Kreimier

Jan. 24, 2014

Picking up just one individual victory, the Air Force wrestling team dropped its Western Wrestling Conference opener, 41-6, to 23rd-ranked North Dakota State on Friday evening.

North Dakota State (7-3, 1-0) got out to an early 6-0 lead in the team scoring with a forfeit at 125 pounds, followed by decisions in the next three weight classes. Air Force (8-4, 0-1) registered its lone victory of the dual at 157 pounds, when senior Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.) recorded his third fall of the season, pinning his opponent in a time of 6:07.

However, the Bison closed out the dual with five straight wins, including back-to-back victories by third-ranked Steven Monk and 11th-ranked Hayden Zillmer at 165 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively.

The Falcons conclude the weekend's competition on Sunday, when they visit conference foe South Dakota State in a 1:00 p.m. (CT) contest.

No. 23 North Dakota State 41, Air Force 6
125: Hunter Palmer (NDSU) win by forfeit
133: Justin LaValle (NDSU) dec. Greg Rinker, 9-7
141: Clay Cathey (NDSU) dec. David Walker, 3-2
149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU) dec. Natrelle Demison, 8-4
157: Josh Kreimier (AF) fall Nicholas Olejnik, 6:07
165: #3 Steven Monk (NDSU) fall Daniel Baucke, 4:30
174: #11 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) maj. dec. Konner Witt, 19-5
184: Kurtis Julson (NDSU) fall Scott Reilly, 3:48
197: Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) fall Parker Hines, 2:52
285: Evan Knutson (NDSU) maj. dec. Cody Davis, 11-1



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