March 15, 2012
Air Force wrestlers Cole VonOhlen and Josh Kreimier each won their opening matches to advance to the second round of action at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, being held at the Scottrade Center.
VonOhlen, seeded third at 149 pounds, took on Northwestern's Kaleb Friedley in his first match of the tournament. Friedley was first to get on the scoreboard, registering a takedown and a three-point near fall to put VonOhlen in a 5-0 first-period deficit. However, VonOhlen was able to score a reversal and ended the period with a three-point near fall of his own to tie the score at 2-2.
Choosing the bottom position to begin the second period, VonOhlen took the lead by scoring a reversal and controlled the rest of the stanza before registering a fall with 26 seconds remaining in the period. With the victory, his 36th of the year, VonOhlen moves into the second round, where he will face Steve Santos of Columbia.
At 157 pounds, Kreimier took the mat against Boise State's George Ivanov, ranked 16th in the latest Intermat poll. The match remained scoreless until late in the opening period, when Ivanov notched the initial takedown. However, a reversal by Kreimier tied the score at 2-2 going into the second period.
Kreimier began the second stanza in the down position and scored an early escape to take a 3-2 lead. Neither wrestler scored again until the final 10 seconds of the third period, when Kreimier registered a takedown to secure the 5-2 decision. Kreimier will now face top-seeded Kyle Dake of Cornell in the second round.
The second session of action is slated to begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. (CT).