Dec. 4, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Air Force sophomore Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) finished seventh at the 2010 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to lead the Falcons at the prestigious event. Aided by VonOhlen's finish, Air Force finished 22nd in the team standings with 23 points.
VonOhlen, currently ranked 17th in the nation at 141 pounds, becomes the first Air Force wrestler to place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational since 2005, when Beau Tresemer captured eighth place at the event.
VonOhlen began Saturday's competition with a bout against Utah Valley's Justin Morrill in the consolation bracket. With a 7-3 victory over Morrill, VonOhlen advanced to the next round against sixth-ranked Christopher Diaz of Virginia Tech. Despite dropping an 11-7 decision to Diaz, VonOhlen moved on to the seventh-place bout against Cornell's Christopher Villalonga.
The match against Villalonga was the second of the tournament for VonOhlen, who posted an 11-6 victory in Friday's third round. VonOhlen was able to secure yet another victory, this time earning a 4-0 decision to take seventh place in his bracket.
VonOhlen and the rest of the Falcons return to action on Dec. 10, when they open the 2010-11 dual slate with a pair of home matches in Clune Arena. Air Force hosts Coe at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by a dual versus Western State at 4:00 p.m.