Falcons Drop Pair Of Dual Meets At Home
Jan. 27, 2007
USAFA, Colo. - Despite a pair of victories for heavyweight Anthony Stegeman (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), the Air Force wrestling team fell to conference foe North Dakota State, 24-15, and Adams State, 23-15, Saturday evening at Cadet East Gym. Air Force falls to 2-10 on the season, 1-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference, North Dakota State improves to 5-3, 2-1 in the WWC and Adams State moves to 5-1 overall.
Against North Dakota State, Air Force dropped three straight bouts before senior Bridger Lord (Missoula, Mont.) eked out a 5-4 decision over Ryan Adams at 149 pounds. The Bison responded with decisions in the next three weight classes, but forfeited at 184 pounds to give Air Force six points on the scoreboard. After a lost decision at 184 pounds,the Falcons wrapped up the match with a big win at heavyweight, as Stegeman pinned Justin LaGosh in a time of 4:34. However, it was not enough to give the Falcons the team victory, as NDSU took the 24-15 win.
In the second match of the day, Adams State and Air Force traded technical falls in the first two bouts, while freshman Stephen Makuka (Columbus, N.J.) getting the 17-1 tech fall over Kevin Schmitt. The Falcons took the lead after the match at 141 pounds as junior Jake Kriegbaum (Abilene, Kan.) registered a 7-6 decision over Joey Deaguero. While the Grizzlies tied it up with a decision at 149 pounds, senior Zach Lord (Missoula, Mont.) put the Falcons back ahead with a 16-2 major decision over Jacob Sheridan at 157 pounds. However, Adams State won the next four bouts, getting out to a 23-12 lead on the scoreboard. Though Stegeman notched his second win of the day, an 8-3 decision over Jeff Schossow in the heavyweight match, Air Force fell, 23-15.
The Falcons are back in action tomorrow, when they head to Greeley, Colo., to face Portland State on a neutral mat.
North Dakota State 24, Air Force 15 125 Eric Hoffman (NDSU) maj. dec. Zach Valdez, 11-0 133 Eric Sanders (NDSU) tech. fall Stephen Makuka, 15-0 (7:00) 141 Gabe Mooney (NDSU) dec. Jake Kriegbaum, 6-3 149 Bridger Lord (AF) dec. Ryan Adams, 5-4 157 Adam Aho (NDSU) dec. Zach Lord, 12-10 165 Mike Quamme (NDSU) dec. Tony Dorward, 7-6 174 Matt Hermann (NDSU) dec. Stephen Crozier, 14-9 184 Jacob Devlin (AF) win by forfeit 197 Jacob Bryce (NDSU) dec. Jordan Tribble, 9-5 HWT Anthony Stegeman (AF) win by fall Justin LaGosh, 4:34
Adams State 23, Air Force 15 125 Arsenia Barksdale (ASC) tech. fall Samuel Sheppard, 17-1 (5:12) 133 Stephen Makuka (AF) tech. fall Kevin Schmitt, 17-1 (6:48) 141 Jake Kriegbaum (AF) dec. Joey Deaguero, 7-6 149 Noomis Jones (ASC) dec. Bridger Lord, 6-3 157 Zach Lord (AF) maj. dec. Jacob Sheridan, 16-2 165 Evan Copeland (ASC) maj. dec. Duane Miller, 14-4 174 James Reynolds (ASC) dec. Stephen Crozier, 9-8 184 Jared Deaguero (ASC) maj. dec. Jacob Devlin, 11-2 197 Casey Woodall (ASC) maj. dec. Jordan Tribble, 14-5 HWT Anthony Stegeman (AF) dec. Jeff Schossow, 8-3