Two Falcons Finish as Placewinners at Kaufman-Brand Open
Nov. 22, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - Represented by placewinners Stephen Crozier (Sr., Monona, Iowa) and Tyler Untrauer (Fr., Midwest City, Okla.), the Air Force wrestling team wrapped up competition Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open, hosted by Nebraska-Omaha. The Kaufman-Brand Open, which featured more than 700 wrestlers, is the largest one-day collegiate wrestling tournament in the nation.
Crozier, a placewinner for the second time in as many tournaments this season, was the Falcons top performer in the Elite Division was finishing sixth at 165 pounds. Crozier opened the day with a 7-5 victory over Corey Van Groll of Wisconsin-Parkside, following up the win with a 6-5 decision over Nebraska-Kearney's Joe Ellenberger.
Crozier then suffered his first loss of the day, dropping a 7-2 decision to Nebraska's Stephen Dwyer, currently ranked sixth in the nation. Crozier's day ended with two more defeats, as he lost a pair of decisions to Iowa State's Andrew Sorenson and Seth Garvin of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Meanwhile, Untrauer, wrestling for the first time this season, was the top Air Force performer in the Amateur Division. The rookie rebounded from a first-round loss to Iowa's Nate Moore, rattling off five straight victories en route to a sixth place finish at 133 pounds. Untrauer started his winning streak with a 17-2 tech fall over NIACC's Nash Bock, followed by a fall against Jarrod Wiens of Hastings.
Following a pair of decisions over Ryan Mertes (Hastings) and Brock Coutu (NIACC), Untrauer was guaranteed a spot as a placewinner with a medical forfeit victory against Cody Hogan of NIACC. He then dropped a pair of bouts, a decision against Nebraska-Omaha's George Ivanov and a fall to ILCC's Tim Thurston, to place sixth.
Despite not placing, freshman Erik Red (Mechanisburg, Pa.) also had a solid outing on Saturday, racking up four victories at 184 pounds in the Amateur Division. Red opened the day with a 10-2 major decision over ICCC's Joey Davis, before dropping a 6-3 decision to Luke Heine of Augustana. In the consolation bracket, Red scored a 3-1 decision over teammate Karl Oeser (Fr., Wichita, Kan.) and went on to register a 9-2 decision against Jake Ellenberger of Nebraska-Omaha. A 3-1 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga's Tyler Roberson set Red up with Chad Wright of Labette CC, but his run was ended with an 11-5 loss to Wright.
The Falcons are off next weekend, but return to action Dec. 5-6 at one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.