Dec. 18, 2011
RENO, Nev. - Junior Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) and sophomore Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.) each placed in the top six to lead the Air Force wrestling team at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday. The Falcons captured ninth place in the team standings with 47.5 points.
VonOhlen, ranked fifth in the nation at 149 pounds, registered a 4-1 record in his bracket to take second place, while Rinker placed sixth in the 125 pound weight class with a 4-3 mark.
VonOhlen began the day with a pin against Adams State's Josh Henley, followed by a major decision and a decision to earn a spot in the semi-finals versus seventh-ranked Donnie Vinson of Binghamton. VonOhlen earned his biggest win of the early season, pinning Vinson in a time of 2:21 to advance to the finals against second-ranked Jamal Parks from Oklahoma State. Unfortunately, VonOhlen came up short in the championship bout, dropping a close 4-2 decision.
Meanwhile, at 125 pounds, Rinker suffered a loss in his first bout, but rebounded with four straight victories, including three wins by fall, all in less than two minutes. Rinker's pin over Boise State's Landon Hartley in just 35 seconds was the fastest fall of the season by an Air Force wrestler. Rinker fell to fourth-seeded Mitchell Lofstedt of Southern Oregon in the consolation semifinals before dropping the fifth-place contest to Wyoming's Kasey Garnhart.
Also posting a winning record on Sunday was freshman Carter McElhany (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who posted a 3-2 mark at 141 pounds, while junior Clayton Gable (Jr., Dallastown, Pa.) scored a victory over 19th-ranked Ty Vinson of Oregon State at 174 pounds.
The Falcons are off until Jan. 6, when they visit Coe College in their first dual meet of the season.