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