Air Force Opens Dual Slate with Two Victories
Dec. 10, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - In its first home action of the season, the Air Force wrestling team won a pair of non-conference duals Friday afternoon in Clune Arena. The Falcons opened the day with a 21-13 decision over Coe, while defeating Western State, 26-12.
Air Force (2-0) won seven bouts against Coe (5-2), which is currently ranked fourth at the Division III level. The Kohawks took the early lead, as Clayton Rush, ranked first at 125 pounds in Division III, earned a major decision. However, the Falcons gained the lead with consecutive decisions by Tyler Untrauer (Jr., Midwest City, Okla.), 11th-ranked Cole VonOhlen (So., Jackson, Minn.) and Josh Kreimier (Fr., Fort Collins, Colo.) at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.
After a narrow loss at 157 pounds, the Falcons pushed their advantage to 12-7 with a decision by Clayton Gable (So., Dallastown, Pa.) at 165 pounds. However, Coe recorded a fall in the 174-pound bout to regain the team lead.
Trailing by a single point with three matches left, the Falcons were solid down the stretch, adding nine more team points with decisions by Kazden Ikehara (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii), Neil Delaney (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Jared Erickson (So., Newton, Utah) to take the victory.
Air Force followed its win over Coe with a tough match-up against Western State, the fourth-ranked team at the Division II level. The Falcons have had a rough time against the Mountaineers of late, as Western State has won five straight in the series.
The Mountaineers took the lead after the opening match, winning a decision at 125 pounds, while the Falcons tied the team score with a close 7-6 victory by Untrauer at 133 pounds, starting a streak of seven straight individual wins for Air Force.
VonOhlen was dominant in his bout at 141 pounds, recording an 18-3 technical fall in a time of 6:40. Kreimier posted another decision at 149 pounds, while Alec Williams (Jr., Fultondale, Ala.) and Gable added decision wins at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively.
Senior captain Joseph Stafford (Loomis, Calif.) rebounded from an earlier loss at 174 pounds with the Falcons' first fall of the day, pinning Zach Frazier in a time of 1:55, while sophomore Josh Mohr (Pewaukee, Wis.) earned a decision at 184 pounds in his first action of the day.
The Falcons' winning streak ended with the 197-pound bout, as Delaney came up short to top-ranked Donovan McMahill in a 2-1 tiebreaker decision. Western State picked up its third win of the dual by recording a fall in the heavyweight match-up, but Air Force had already secured its first victory over the Mountaineers since the 2004-05 season.
Also on Friday, Coe and Western State faced off in a dual of their own, with the Kohawks rolling to a 32-7 victory.
Air Force is back in action next weekend, Dec. 17, when it hosts 12th-ranked Oregon State at 6:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.
Air Force 21, Coe 13