Blue Team Edges Silver in Falcons' Intrasquad Scrimmage
Oct. 26, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force wrestling team competed in front of its fans for the first time during the 2011-12 season on Wednesday evening, as it hosted the annual Blue-Silver Intrasquad Match in Clune Arena. In a decision that came down to the final bout, the Blue team took a narrow 19-16 victory over the Silver team.
The action began with the 125-pound match between junior Steven Joseph (Middleburg, Fla.) and sophomore Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.). After two scoreless periods, Rinker notched the first point of the match, notching an escape to open the third period. Neither wrestler scored again, as Rinker took the 1-0 decision to give the Silver team a 3-0 advantage in the team scoring.
At 133 pounds, freshman Dylan Hyder (Yelm, Wash.) earned a 5-0 decision over classmate Cody Hancock (Wrightwood, Calif.) to put the Blue team on the board. Hyder scored a first-period takedown to take the early lead and kept the advantage for the entire second period. Starting the third period on bottom, Hyder registered a reversal and added nearly four minutes of riding time for the win.
The match at 141 pounds was the closest of the evening, with senior Tyler Untrauer (Midwest City, Okla.) taking the mat for the Blue team, while newcomer Carter McElhany (Colorado Springs, Colo.) wrestled for the Silver team. Untrauer scored the first takedown of the match to grab the lead, while McElhany scored a quick escape. After a scoreless second period, McElhany recorded an escape to open the third, and took a 3-2 lead after Untrauer's second stall warning of the match. However, Untrauer was able to regain control with a takedown in the final 20 seconds of competition, earning the 4-3 decision.
With the Blue team leading, 6-3, junior captain Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) was ready to put more points on the board for his squad. Taking on sophomore Daniel Baucke (Memphis, Tenn.) in the 149-pound bout, VonOhlen scored a takedown to earn a 2-0 advantage after one period. After another takedown and a second stall warning call against Baucke, VonOhlen led 5-0 going into the final period. His lead grew to 7-0 with a third-period reversal, and with an extra point for riding time, VonOhlen won the 8-0 major decision to give the Blue team a 10-3 advantage.
The 157-pound match was a battle of two veterans, as returning starter and team captain Alec Williams (Sr., Fultondale, Ala.) faced off against sophomore Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.), the Falcons' starter at 149 last season. Kreimier, wrestling for the Silver team, took the early lead, scoring the first takedown of the match, while Williams tied the score at 2-2 with a reversal. However, Kreimier notched a reversal of his own to earn a 4-2 lead after one period. An escape by Williams to start the second period brought him back within a point, but he was unable to score again. Meanwhile, Kreimier scored a takedown and a third-period reversal, earning a 9-3 decision.
At 165 pounds, sophomore Colby Kluesner (Denver, Colo.) and senior Tanner Weltzin (Alexandria, Minn.) wrestled a close match, beginning with a first-period takedown by Weltzin. Kluesner responded with an escape and a takedown of his own to take the lead, while Weltzin scored an escape to tie the bout at 3-3. However, Kluesner scored another takedown to end the opening period, grabbing a 5-3 advantage. Weltzin scored the only point of the second period, earning an escape, but after a scoreless third period, Kluesner had the riding time advantage to win the 6-4 decision for the Blue team.
Trailing in the team scoring, 13-6, the Silver team was looking for a win from Clayton Gable (Jr., Dallastown, Pa.) in the 174-pound bout. The match against freshman Garrett Wells (Corvallis, Ore.) had a slow beginning, with neither wrestler scoring any points in the opening period. However, Gable responded with a pair of two-point near falls in the second period and added three takedowns and an escape in the final period. With over two minutes of riding time, Gable picked up a 12-2 major decision over Wells to bring the Silver team back within three points.
The match between Dalton Henderson (Fr., Owatonna, Minn.) and Greg Isley (So., Toledo, Ohio) at 184 pounds was another exciting bout to watch, with both wrestlers earning takedowns and near falls in the opening period. Isley scored the only takedown of the second period, but with a pair of escapes, Henderson still held the slight edge. After an Isley escape to open the third period, Henderson scored his third takedown of the match. The freshman added a three-point near fall in the waning seconds to earn a 15-10 decision, putting the Blue team ahead, 16-10.
At 197 pounds, sophomore Brook Gosch (Orwigsburg, Pa.), representing the Blue team, took on junior Josh Mohr (Pewaukee, Wis.), competing for the Silver team. Mohr took a 2-1 lead after one period, with a single takedown, and started the second period in the down position. However, with a quick move, Mohr was able to score a fall just 15 seconds into the period, helping the Silver team tie the score at 16-16.
With just one more bout remaining, the heavyweight match would prove to be the deciding factor in the team competition. Wrestling for the Blue team was returning starter Jared Erickson (Jr., Newton, Utah), while Cody Davis (So., The Woodlands, Texas) wrestled up a weight class for the Silver team. Erickson scored the first points of the match with a first-period takedown, and led 2-1 going into the second period. Davis recorded an escape for the only point of the second period, tying the score at 2-2. Erickson took control in the final period, scoring an escape and a takedown, and earned a 6-3 decision over Davis to give the Blue team a 19-16 victory.
The Falcons' season gets to an official start on Nov. 6, when the team travels to Salem, Va., for the Hokie Open, hosted by Virginia Tech.
Blue 19, Silver 16