Feb. 11, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - Giving up three falls on the evening, the Air Force wrestling team dropped a 28-14 decision to Western Wrestling Conference rival Wyoming Tuesday evening at Clune Arena.
The action began at 174 pounds, with sophomore Konner Witt (Oak Harbor, Ohio) putting the Falcons on the board with a 4-0 decision. However, the Cowboys (4-6, 2-1) won the next four bouts, including a fall by 18th-ranked Benjamin Stroh at 184 pounds, to take a 12-3 lead in the team scoring.
The marquee match-up of the evening came at 125 pounds, where the Falcons' fourth-ranked Josh Martinez (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) faced off against eighth-ranked Tyler Cox. It was a tightly contested battle, with Cox scoring the only point of the first two periods, an escape less than 30 seconds into the second period. With Martinez choosing bottom to start the final period, Cox held the advantage for the majority of the third frame. However, Martinez scored a crucial reversal with 31 seconds on the clock to hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Following the win by Martinez, Air Force picked up another victory at 133 pounds, as senior Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.) controlled his match, scoring an 8-0 major decision to cut the team margin to 12-10. However, Wyoming scored a fall at 141 pounds to regain an eight-point lead.
Air Force earned another big win at 149 pounds, as Natrelle Demison (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.) used a dominant first period to roll to a 21-7 major decision. However, the Cowboys closed out the dual with two more victories, including a fall at 157 pounds, to seal the team win.
The Falcons (8-6, 0-3) are back in action this Friday, Feb. 14, for a pair of home duals. Air Force will face New Mexico Highlands at 5:00 p.m., followed by a meeting with WWC foe Utah Valley at 7:00 p.m. Between the two duals, the Falcons will honor the 12 members of their senior class.
Wyoming 28, Air Force 14
174: Konner Witt (AF) dec. Brent Havlik, 4-0
184: No. 18 Benjamin Stroh (UW) fall Devin Hightower, 0:36
197: Shane Woods (UW) dec. Greg Isley, 6-3
285: Leland Pfeifer (UW) dec. Cody Davis, 5-1
125: No. 4 Josh Martinez (AF) dec. No. 8 Tyler Cox, 2-1
133: Greg Rinker (AF) maj. dec. Gunnar Woodburn, 8-0
141: Cole Mendenhall (UW) fall Carter McElhany, 3:33
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) maj. dec. Austin Breckenridge, 21-7
157: Andy McCulley (UW) fall Jerry McGinty, 1:28
165: Dakota Friesth (UW) maj. dec. Connor Hedash, 10-1