Oct. 24, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force wrestling team concluded its 2012-13 wrestle-offs Wednesday evening, as it hosted the annual Blue-Silver Intrasquad Match in Clune Arena. Winning seven of 10 bouts, including the last four matches of the night, the Silver team rolled to a 26-13 decision over the Blue team.
Two freshmen took the mat at 125 pounds to start the evening, with Mitch Brown (Payson, Utah), representing the Blue team, while Josh Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) wrestled for the Silver team. Scoring a pair of takedowns in the opening period, Martinez got out to a 4-2 lead in the first three minutes of action. He adced another takedown in the second period to take a 6-4 advantage into the final period, and while Brown scored his first takedown of the match in the third period, Martinez held on for the 9-5 victory with over two minutes of riding time.
At 133 pounds, Dylan Hyder (So., Yelm, Wash.), who started six dual meets for the Falcons as a freshman, went up against junior Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.), the Falcons' starter at 125 pounds last season. Hyder scored the lone points of the first period with a takedown and added to his lead with another takedown and a stall warning point in the second period. With a reversal early in the final period and nearly four minutes of riding time, Hyder took an 8-2 victory for the Blue team.
The 141 pound match featured sophomore Andy Jones (Grand Ledge, Mich.) and returning starter Carter McElhany (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.). McElhany took a 2-1 lead after one period, while scoring the only point of the second period. In the final period, McElhany earned his second takedown of the match and was awarded a point for stalling as he earned a 6-2 decision for the Silver team.
With the Silver team holding a 6-3 advantage in the team scoring, senior captain Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.), a three-time NCAA qualifier, was looking to put the Blue team on top with a win at 149 pounds. Scoring a takedown of classmate Logan Burch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) a minute into the first period, VonOhlen earned the fall in 1:41 to give the Blue team the 9-6 lead.
The Blue team's lead was short-lived, with a win by senior Gabe Martinez (Falcon, Colo.) for the Silver team at 157 pounds. Martinez took a 4-0 lead over Lucas Lambrecht (Fr., Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) in the first period before Lambrecht scored a reversal. After scoring an escape to end the first period, Martinez opened the second period with a reversal before recording a fall with 49 seconds on the clock.
At 165 pounds, sophomore Jesse Stafford (Loomis, Calif.) faced off against freshman Scott Reilly (Stafford, Va.) and earned four points in the opening period with a takedown and two near fall points. After scoring the only point of the second period, Stafford added three more points in the final period and accumulated 3:49 in riding time to earn a 9-1 major decision, giving the Blue team a 13-12 lead in the team standings.
Returning starter Clay Gable (Sr., Dallastown, Pa.) controlled his match at 174 pounds, taking a 2-0 lead over Dan Barringer (Jr., Monument, Colo.) after one period and extending his advantage to 7-0 after two periods. Gable added to his lead with a third-period takedown, and with more than four minutes of riding time, earned an 11-0 major decision to put the Silver team back in top.
The 184-pound bout featured a pair of juniors--returning starter Greg Isley (Toledo, Ohio) and Devin Hightower (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Hightower scored the first point of the match with a second-period escape, while Isley tied the match at 1-1 with an escape to start the final period. With neither wrestler able to score a takedown in the third period, the match went to overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Hightower came out ahead in the tiebreaker period, scoring an escape, while holding Isley without a point, to earn the 2-1 decision for the Silver team.
At 197 pounds, Blue team member Evan Gros (Jr., Lake Orion, Mich.) challenged another returning starter, senior Josh Mohr (Pewaukee, Wis.). After a scoreless opening period, both wrestlers were able to put two points on the board in the second period. Mohr regained his advantage with an escape and takedown to start the third period and added a three-point near fall to take an 8-2 lead. Gros battled back, earning an escape and registering a takedown at the end of regulation, but Mohr was able to hold on for the 8-5 win.
With the Silver team leading 22-13, the heavyweight match had no bearing on the team standings, but it would still prove to be a bout to watch. Senior Jared Erickson (Newton, Utah), the Falcons' starter for the last two seasons, started off strong against his challenger, sophomore Bentley Alsup (Missoula, Mont.), scoring the first two takedowns of the match. However, Alsup, who scored a pair of first-period escapes, closed out the opening period with a takedown to tie the match at 4-4. Alsup went on to earn the first point of the second period with an escape, while tacking on five more points with a takedown and a near fall. Riding out Erickson for the entire third period, Alsup scored another near fall and a point for riding time to register the 14-4 major decision, giving the Silver team another four points in the team scoring.
The Falcons' season gets to an official start on next Sunday, Nov. 4, when they travel to Salem, Va., for the Hokie Open, hosted by Virginia Tech.
Silver 26, Blue 13
125 - Josh Martinez (Silver) dec. Mitch Brown, 9-5
133 - Dylan Hyder (Blue) dec. Greg Rinker, 8-2
141 - Carter McElhany (Silver) dec. Andy Jones, 6-2
149 - Cole VonOhlen (Blue) fall Logan Burch, 1:49
157 - Gabe Martinez (Silver) fall Lucas Lambrecht, 4:11
165 - Jesse Stafford (Blue) maj. dec. Scott Reilly, 9-1
174 - Clay Gable (Silver) maj. dec. Dan Barringer, 11-0
184 - Devin Hightower (Silver) dec. Greg Isley, 2-1 (TB1)
197 - Josh Mohr (Silver) dec. Evan Gros, 8-5
HWT - Bentley Alsup (Silver) maj. dec. Jared Erickson, 14-4