Air Force Wrestlers Roll to Pair of Dual Victories
Jan. 25, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - Losing just three bouts on the evening, the Air Force wrestling team won both of its dual meets Friday at Clune Arena, defeating Colorado School of Mines, 39-3, and conference foe Utah Valley State, 33-6. With the wins, the Falcons improve to 4-6 on the season.
Air Force began the day with a match against Colorado School of Mines. Senior Zach Valdez (Parker, Colo.) started the Falcons out with a victory, picking up an 11-4 decision over Chad Lousberg at 125 pounds. Freshman Derek Gillespie (Chesapeake, Va.) battled with Kellen Costelow at 133 pounds, but came up short, dropping the 10-8 decision. However, it was the only match the Falcons would lose to the Orediggers, as Air Force rattled off the next eight victories.
The 141-pound bout was the closest of the match, with both wrestlers deadlocked throughout most of the match. CSM's Cody Weitzel, who held the advantage during the entire second period, was set to take a 1-0 victory with two minutes of riding time, but an illegal hold by Weitzel gave Jake Kriegbaum (Sr., Abilene, Kan.) a point, sending the bout into overtime. Kriegbaum then scored a takedown with 32 seconds remaining in the extra period to take the 3-1 decision.
The Falcons scored three falls down the stretch, with seniors Chris Szabolcs (149, Westlake, Ohio), Jacob Devlin (184, Livingston, N.J.) and Anthony Stegeman (HWT, Cincinnati, Ohio) all registering pins over their opponents. Junior Stephen Crozier (Monona, Iowa) recorded a 17-0 tech fall over Nathan McClain at 165 pounds, while Tony Dorward (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) picked up a 16-5 major decision over Mike Brown at 157 pounds. Meanwhile, Tyler French (So., Malta, Mont.) and Jordan Tribble (Jr., Midwest City, Okla.) each recorded decisions at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively, to help Air Force to the 36-point win.
In its match against Utah Valley State, its first conference contest of the year, Air Force trailed after one bout with a Valdez loss to Ben Kjar. A forfeit at 133 pounds by the Wolverines put the Falcons up 6-3 and Air Force led the rest of the way. The Falcons scored three consecutive decisions by Kriegbaum, Szabolcs and Dorward, while receiving another forfeit victory at 165.
Marc Fenwick gave UVSC its second win of the night with an 8-1 decision over French, but the Falcons won the final three bouts. While Devlin and Stegeman each recorded decisions, sophomore James Ciccone (Mentor, Ohio), wrestling at 197, registered a fall over Zach Williams with just 12 seconds remaining in the final period, as Air Force finished with a 33-6 win against Utah Valley.
The Falcons have a short turnaround, as they are back in action tomorrow at the Borah Duals in Gunnison, Colo. Air Force will take on host Western State, along with Grand Canyon, Mesa State and New Mexico Highlands.
Air Force 39, Colorado School of Mines 3
Air Force 33, Utah Valley State 6