Nov. 20, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - Six Falcons--three in the Elite Division and three in the Amateur Division--finished as placewinners to lead the Air Force wrestling team Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open, hosted by Nebraska-Omaha.
Leading the way for the Falcons was sophomore Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.), currently ranked 17th in the nation at 141 pounds. VonOhlen took third place in the Elite Division at his weight class, wrapping up the day with a 5-1 record. VonOhlen posted victories in his first three matches on Saturday, including his first fall of the year, before facing fifth-ranked Mike Thorn of Minnesota in the semi-finals. VonOhlen came up short against the returning All-American, dropping a 13-7 decision, but rattled off two more victories, including an 11-10 tiebreaker decision against Oklahoma State's Josh Kindig, to capture third place.
Taking fourth place in the Elite Division at 174 pounds was sophomore Clayton Gable (So., Dallastown, Pa.), the runner-up at the Cowboy Open last weekend. Gable began the day with a close loss, dropping a 10-8 decision to Missouri Valley's Damon Jackson. However, in the consolation bracket, Gable rattled off five straight victories (a fall, three decisions and a medical forfeit) to move into the third-place match. Losing a 12-7 decision, Gable finished the day in fourth place with a 5-2 record.
Also placing in the Elite Division on Saturday was freshman Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.), who finished sixth at 149 pounds. Kreimier won his first match of the day by major decision before falling into the consolation bracket with a 4-1 loss. Kreimier went on to win four more bouts, including another major decision, but dropped a 6-3 decision in the consolation finals. His day ended with a loss in the fifth-place match, as he fell to conference foe Jimmy Belleville of Wyoming.
Meanwhile, in the Amateur Division, freshmen Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.) and Carter Adams (Coon Rapids, Minn.) placed fourth in their respective weight classes, while Jesse Stafford (Fr., Loomis, Calif.) posted a fifth-place finish.
Rinker, wrestling at 125 pounds, won his first two matches on Saturday, earning a fall in his first bout, but dropped an 11-7 decision to the eventual champion. In the consolation bracket, Rinker recorded three more victories, including a pair of falls, to advance to the third-place match. However, he came up short, dropping a three-point decision to finish fourth.
Adams also lost to the eventual champion at 165 pounds after winning his first three matches of the day. Adams needed just one victory in the consolation bracket to move into the third-place bout. Unfortunately, Adams was unable to take third place, dropping a 6-5 decision in his last match.
Finally, Stafford took home fifth place in the 157-pound bracket. He opened the day with a major decision victory, but fell into the consolation bracket with a 5-2 loss in his next match. He continued with five more wins, including a fall and another major decision. However, a loss in the consolation semis put him in the fifth-place contest, which he won by medical forfeit.
The Falcons return to action Dec. 3-4 at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.