Dec. 9, 2006
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Backed by six victories, the Air Force wrestling defeated Colorado School of Mines, 29-16, on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Falcons even the dual meet season at 1-1, in their first home meet of the year.
CSM opened the meet with an early 6-0 lead, when Geoff Meng won the 125-pound match with a fall over freshman Samuel Sheppard (Ramstein AB, Germany). The Orediggers increased their lead following Garrett Eller's 9-2 decision over freshman Stephen Makuka (Columbus, N.J.) at 133 pounds.
Air Force earned its first victory of the night at 141 pounds, as junior Jake Kriegbaum (Abilene, Kan.) earned a tech fall of the Orediggers' Cody Weitzel. The Falcons took the lead with the ensuing match, as junior Chris Szabolcs earned a victory by fall over Rob Rineer at 149 pounds.
Junior Anthony Doward (Seattle, Wash.) took a commanding points lead over Mines' Ryan Corbett, before winning the 157-pound match by fall. Freshman Justin Shadrix (Bremen, Ga.) used a last-second 13-11 decision over Eric Brennan at 165 pounds to extend the Falcons' lead to 11.
School of Mines took two of the next three decisions to pull closer to the Falcons, winning both the 174- and 197-pound contests. Zac Cornett took a decision from freshman Tyler French (Malta, Mont.) at 174 pounds, while Brennan Knerr earned a major decision over senior Peter Bozynski (Birmingham, Mich.) at 197 pounds.
In between those contests, junior Jacob Devlin (Livingston, N.J.) decisioned Patrick Ryan at 184 pounds. Junior Tony Stegeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) closed out the night with a heavyweight victory (by fall) over the Orediggers' Brian Stansbury.
The Falcons return to action on Dec. 29-30, when they travel to the Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill.
AIR FORCE 29, COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES 16
125-lbs.: Geoff Meng (CSM) win by fall Samuel Sheppard (AFA), 1:09
133-lbs.: Garrett Eller (CSM) dec. Stephen Makuka (AFA), 9-2
141-lbs.: Jake Kriegbaum (AFA) win by tech fall Cody Weitzel (CSM), 6:15
149-lbs.: Chris Szabolcs (AFA) win by fall Rob Rineer (CSM), 2:58
157-lbs.: Anthony Dorward (AFA) win by fall Ryan Corbett (CSM), 5:35
165-lbs.: Justin Shadrix (AFA) dec. Eric Brennan (CSM), 13-11
174-lbs.: Zac Cornett (CSM) dec. Tyler French (AFA), 12-5
184-lbs.: Jacob Devlin (AFA) dec. Patrick Ryan (CSM), 8-1
197-lbs.: Brennan Knerr (CSM) major dec. Peter Bozynski (AFA), 11-3
Hwt.: Tony Stegeman (AFA) win by fall Brian Stansbury (CSM), 4:29