Air Force Defeats South Dakota State in WWC Action
Jan. 29, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Dropping just one bout, the Air Force wrestling team rolled to a 38-6 victory over South Dakota State Saturday evening in Clune Arena. With the win, the Falcons move to 10-2 overall on the year and 2-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference, while the Jackrabbits drop to 1-11-1 overall, 0-4 in the WWC. Air Force now has its highest win total since the 2001-02 season, when the Falcons registered an 11-3 overall record.
The Jacks took an early 6-0 lead in the team scoring, earning a fall at 125 pounds, while an SDSU forfeit at 133 pounds put Air Force on the board. The Falcons took the lead with a dominating win from 141-pounder Cole VonOhlen (So., Jackson, Minn.). VonOhlen, ranked 10th in the nation by Intermat, pinned the Jacks' Tyler Johnson in a time of 2:32 to capture his 31st win of the season. Registering his fourth-straight win by fall, VonOhlen matched his season win total from 2009-10.
Air Force posted major decisions in its next two weight classes, with freshman Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.) winning an 11-2 match at 149 pounds, while junior Alec Williams (Fultondale, Ala.) racked up a 14-2 score. The Falcons' team lead ballooned to 19 points with a big win at 165 pounds, as sophomore Clayton Gable (Dallastown, Pa.) earned an 18-3 technical fall, while a 13-0 major decision by team captain Joseph Stafford (Loomis, Calif.) at 174 pounds helped seal the victory for Air Force, which led 29-6 with three bouts remaining.
With the team outcome already decided, the Falcons still put forth strong efforts in the final three matches, winning decisions at each weight class. Senior Kazden Ikehara (Mililani, Hawaii) earned a 6-1 decision at 184 pounds, Neil Delaney (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored a 10-3 decision at 197 pounds and Jared Erickson (So., Newton, Utah) closed out the evening with a 6-1 decision in the heavyweight match.
The Falcons hit the road for their next conference dual, visiting 25th-ranked Wyoming on Thursday, Feb. 3.
Air Force 38, South Dakota State 6