Nov. 4, 2012
SALEM, Va. -
Senior captain Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) won an individual title to lead the Air Force wrestling team at the Hokie Open on Sunday. Meanwhile, three other Falcons finished as placewinners as the squad opened its 2012-13 schedule.
VonOhlen began the season with an individual title for the fourth time in as many years, including a first-place finish at the 2011 Hokie Open at 149 pounds. VonOhlen, ranked 12th by Intermat in its preseason poll, posted a 5-0 record on the day, notching three falls and a pair of decisions. VonOhlen began the day with an 11-3 decision over Virginia Tech's Chad Strube before recording a pair of first-period falls in the next two rounds. In the semi-finals, VonOhlen registered a close 4-2 decision over Nick Brascetta of Virginia Tech. He then captured his title by pinning Appalachian State's Dylan Cottrell in a time of 5:57 in the championship bout.
Senior Clay Gable (Dallastown, Pa.) earned a fourth-place finish at 174 pounds with a 4-2 record for the day. He won his first three bouts, recording a major decision and a pair of decisions. Gable suffered his first loss of the day in the quarterfinals, coming up short in a narrow 9-8 decision against 13th-ranked Greg Zannetti of Rutgers, the eventual tournament champion. After winning his first match in the consolation bracket by forfeit, Gable had another close loss, dropping a 9-8 decision to Chattanooga's Levi Clemons in the third-place bout.
Two other Air Force wrestlers placed sixth in their respective weight classes, as freshman Josh Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished sixth at 125 pounds, while senior Josh Mohr (Pewaukee, Wis.) took sixth place at 197 pounds. In his collegiate debut, Martinez posted a 5-3 record, beginning with an opening round decision. After losing his second-round match to sixth-ranked Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech, Martinez registered four straight victories in the consolation bracket, including a pair of technical falls. He dropped his last two matches of the day, a forfeit loss and a 6-3 decision in the fifth-place match.
Meanwhile, Mohr posted a 3-3 record on Sunday, winning his opening match with a 4-0 decision before dropping his second bout in a 4-0 decision. Mohr earned a pair of victories in the consolation bracket, beginning with a 15-5 major decision, before dropping his final two bouts of the day.
Other standouts for the Falcons on Sunday included Gabe Martinez (Sr., Falcon, Colo.) and Jesse Stafford (So., Loomis, Calif.), who posted 5-2 records at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. Martinez began the day with a fall before dropping his second-round contest in a 5-2 decision to eventual runner-up Taylor Walsh of Indiana. In the consolation bracket, Martinez strung together four more wins, including a pair of major decisions, before falling to Newberry's Taylor Knapp.
Stafford earned a forfeit victory in the opening round before dropped his next match to North Carolina's Corey Mock. However, he rebounded in the consolation bracket with four straight victories, including three falls. He ended the day with a close 2-0 loss to Zack Strickland of Appalachian State.
The Falcons return to action Nov. 17, when they head to Kearney, Neb., for the UNK Holiday Inn Open.