Air Force Wrestlers Open Dual Slate in Iowa
Freshman Dylan Hyder

Jan. 4, 2012

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The Air Force wrestling team opens its 2012 dual slate this weekend, Jan. 6 and 8, with a pair of road matches. The Falcons visit Coe College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (CT), while wrapping up the weekend with a match at conference foe Northern Iowa on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (CT).

Live video and chat of Friday night's dual at Coe will be available at Meanwhile, the Northern Iowa dual will be broadcast by Iowa Public Television.

Junior Cole VonOhlen (149) and sophomore Greg Rinker (125) each placed in the top six to lead Air Force to a ninth-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.

VonOhlen, whose lone loss of the weekend was a close 4-2 decision against second-ranked Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State, posted a 4-1 record to take second place in his weight class. Meanwhile, Rinker registered a 4-3 ledger at 125 pounds, including three falls, to place sixth.

Air Force, which opens its dual schedule this weekend, is led by junior co-captain Cole VonOhlen, who is ranked fifth in the nation at 149 pounds with a 16-2 overall record. Sharing the team lead for wins on the season is freshman Carter McElhany, who has posted a 16-8 record on the year.

VonOhlen also leads the Falcons in total falls with five, while sophomore Greg Rinker has notched four falls on the season. Rinker has also recorded the fastest fall of the year for Air Force with a time of 35 seconds.

Coe College, ranked fifth in the latest Division III coaches poll, enters this weekend's match with a 6-1 dual record. The Kohawks have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 10 nationally in their respective weight classes, led by senior Nick LeClere, rated first in Division III at 165 pounds with a 14-1 mark.

Northern Iowa, which will host WWC opponent Northern Colorado on Friday evening, currently holds a 1-2 dual mark on the season. The Panthers last competed at the Midlands Invitational, where Ryan Loder (184) and Joe Colon (133), placed third and seventh, respectively.

The Panthers have a pair of wrestlers who are ranked in their respective weight classes by Intermat. Loder, who owns a team-best 20-1 overall record, is rated sixth in the nation at 184 pounds, while Colon is ranked 12th at 133 pounds.

Junior co-captain Cole VonOhlen, a two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, is currently ranked fifth in the nation in several wrestling publications at 149 pounds. VonOhlen is rated fifth in the nation by Intermat, Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine,, The Open Mat and DI College Wrestling.

Junior Cole VonOhlen enters this weekend with 91 career victories in his first three seasons and needs just nine more wins to reach 100. He would become the first Air Force wrestler since the 2001-02 season to reach the 100-win mark. That year, four different Falcons--Kevin Hoy, Scott Frohardt, Terry Parham and Andy Peters--surpassed 100 wins for their respective careers. Hoy, who currently holds the school record for career wins with 162, was the only Falcon to reach the mark as a junior.

The Falcons head to Grand Prairie, Texas, next week, Jan. 14, for the annual Lone Star Duals, where their opponents will include Brown, Chattanooga and Harvard. Meanwhile, Air Force will send another group of competitors to Gunnison, Colo., for the Borah Duals, hosted by Western State.



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