Air Force Wrestlers End Run at NCAA Championships
March 21, 2008
St. Louis, Mo. - Air Force's four national qualifiers all wrapped up competition Friday at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, being held at the Scottrade Center. Senior Jake Kriegbaum (Abilene, Kan.) went 1-1 on the day, while Jacob Devlin (Sr., Livingston, N.J.), Stephen Crozier (Jr., Monona, Iowa) and Tyler French (So., Malta, Mont.) all lost their only bouts on Friday.
Kriegbaum, the Falcons' representative at 141 pounds, opened the day with a match against Kent State's Drew Lashaway, ranked 18th by Intermat. After scoring an escape in the second period, Kriegbaum held the advantage throughout the final period, earning a point for riding time to take the 2-0 victory.
Kriegbaum's next match came against Arizona State's Chris Drouin. After leading 1-0 entering the final period, Kriegbaum gave up a takedown in the third period and was unable to come up with an escape, dropping the 3-1 decision. Kriegbaum, a three-time NCAA qualifier, went 2-2 on the weekend and ends his season with a 25-13 overall record.
Devlin, wrestling at 184 pounds, opened his day with a bout against Wisconsin's Trevor Brandvold, ranked 15th by Intermat. Brandvold dominated throughout the match, registering a 16-0 tech fall. Devlin, who went 2-2 on the weekend, ends his season with a 22-20 overall record.
Crozier (165) also lost his opening bout on Friday morning, giving up a fall to Pittsburgh's Ethan Headlee. Crozier, who went 1-2 on the weekend, ends his season with a 28-15 record, leading the team in total wins on the year.
Finally, 174-pounder French ended his run in the tournament after dropping an 8-0 major decision to Oklahoma State's Brandon Mason, seeded eighth in the championships. French also went 1-2 on the weekend and ends the season with a 26-12 record, leading the Falcons in win percentage in his first season as a starter.
With the season under wraps, the Air Force wrestling team will hold its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, April 30. To make reservations or receive more information, please contact Air Force assistant coach Maj. Tom Tingley at (719) 333-9265.