Falcons Drop 18-14 Contest to South Dakota State
Jan. 26, 2014
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Air Force wrestling team came up short in conference action on Sunday afternoon, falling to Western Wrestling Conference foe South Dakota State, 18-14.
The action began at 165 pounds, where the Jackrabbits opened the dual with a decision. With wins in the next two weight classes, South Dakota State took a 9-0 lead in the team scoring before Greg Isley (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) put the Falcons on the board with an 8-1 decision at 197 pounds.
After a tough sudden victory loss in the heavyweight match, the Falcons rebounded with back-to-back major decisions by fifth-ranked Josh Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Greg Rinker (Sr., Northampton, Pa.) at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Meanwhile, freshman David Walker (St. Marys, Iowa) gave Air Force its first lead of the dual, pulling out a 2-1 decision in a tiebreaker at 141 pounds.
The Jackrabbits went back on top with a decision at 149 pounds, setting up the deciding bout at 157 pounds between Josh Kreimier (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) and 18th-ranked Cody Pack. Pack got out to a quick 5-0 lead with a takedown and three-point near fall, and Kreimier was unable to recover, dropping an 8-5 decision.
The Falcons (8-5, 0-2) are back in action next weekend, Feb. 1, when they head to New London, Conn., for the annual All-Academy Championships, hosted this year by the Coast Guard Academy.
South Dakota State 18, Air Force 14