Air Force Picks Up Three Wins at Borah Duals
Jan. 26, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - Wrapping up a hectic schedule that included six matches in two days, the Air Force wrestling team went 3-1 at the Borah Duals, hosted by Western State, Saturday. After falling to the host Mountaineers, the Falcons, who switched their lineup throughout the day, rattled off victories over Grand Canyon, Mesa State and New Mexico Highlands. Air Force now holds a 7-7 overall record on the season.
In the first match of the day, Air Force dropped a 25-11 decision to Western State, winning just three of the seven bouts. Heavyweight Anthony Stegeman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way with a tech fall over Andrew Skinner, while Jake Kriegbaum (Sr., Abilene, Kan.), wrestling at 141 pounds, and Stephen Crozier (Jr., Monona, Iowa), at 165 pounds, picked up decisions for the Falcons.
Against Grand Canyon, the Falcons won five weight classes by forfeit, while freshman Andrew Zwirlein (Nashotah, Wis.) and Tyler French (So., Malta, Mont.) added falls at 125 and 174 pounds,respectively, to give Air Force the 42-12 victory. The Falcons then rolled to a 37-6 victory over Mesa State, getting eight total wins, including two forfeits. Senior Zach Valdez (125, Parker, Colo.) and French each recorded tech falls against Mesa State, Stephen Makuka (So., 141, Columbus, N.J.), James Ciccone (So., 184, Mentor, Ohio) and Stegeman all added major decisions and Tony Dorward (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) captured an overtime victory at 157 pounds.
In its final match of the day, the Falcons again won eight bouts, including a forfeit at 125 pounds. Kriegbaum, Crozier and Jacob Devlin (Sr., 184, Livingston, N.J.) all notched falls for Air Force against New Mexico Highlands. Meanwhile, Valdez, wrestling up at 133 pounds, Dorward, French and Stegeman added decisions for the Falcons in the 36-6 victory.
"We put our guys in a tough situation, weighing in two consecutive days, with two matches yesterday and four matches today," said head coach Joel Sharratt. "We had a lot of guys get some matches in and we're looking forward to getting ready for the All-Academy Tournament next weekend, so we can see what the other academies are doing and see our progress in that."
"The guys wrestled better throughout the day," continued Sharratt. "I think the tournament format should be good for us. When you're advancing through the tournament, our guys are getting stronger as the competition is getting tougher."
The Falcons head to the All-Academy Championships, hosted by Army, next weekend, Feb. 2.
Western State 25, Air Force 11
Air Force 42, Grand Canyon 12
Air Force 37, Mesa State 6
Air Force 36, New Mexico Highlands 7