Falcons Drops Two To Open Lone Star Duals
Grand Prairie, Texas -
The Air Force wrestling team started out the dual meet portion of its schedule with a pair of losses, falling to Stanford, 27-16, and Columbia, 39-6, at the Lone Star Duals on Saturday.
The Falcons began the morning against Stanford, where the Cardinal picked up seven wins. However, many of the bouts were close, with five of Stanford's wins ending in decisions. Among the winners for Air Force was junior Brandon Strong (Albuquerque, N.M.), who put six points on the board in his 133-pound match, pinning Juston Johnson in a time of 3:49. Also recording a fall for Air Force was Beau Tresemer (Jr., Norman, Okla.), who put Scott Loescher on his back in 2:54. The Falcons received their last four team points from junior Brenden McLean (Grants Pass, Ore.), who notched a 12-3 major decision over Larry Ozowara at 197 pounds.
Air Force met a formidable opponent in Columbia, winning only two of its matches against the Lions. Strong took his second win of the day, registering a 7-5 decision over Matthew Delorenzo, while McLean also remained undefeated in dual action with a 4-3 decision over Jed Wade. Meanwhile, Columbia recorded three falls, an injury default, a tech fall, two major decisions and a decision on its way to racking up 39 points.
The Falcons will wrap up competition at the challenging dual meet event Saturday evening when it faces Brown at 8:00 p.m. (CT).
Stanford 27, Air Force 16125 Nathan Peterson (SU) dec. Zach Valdez, 8-2133 Brandon Strong (AF) fall Juston Johnson, 3:49141 Chris Haqyworth (SU) dec. Clint Sponseller, 5-3149 Josh Zupancic (SU) fall Chris Nissen, 3:45157 Ray Blake (SU) dec. Jon Koch, 5-4165 Beau Tresemer (AF) fall Scott Loescher, 2:54174 Imad Kharbush (SU) dec. Jacob Lillich, 10-4184 Ryan Hagen (SU) dec. Zane Hershey, 4-2197 Brenden McLean (AF) maj. dec. Larry Ozowara, 12-3HWT Shawn Ritzenthaler (SU) fall Kurt Skarstedt, 6:45
Columbia 39, Air Force 6125 Jeffrey Sato (CU) inj. def. Zach Valdez133 Brandon Strong (AF) dec. Matthew Delorenzo, 7-5141 Dean Kinports (CU) TF Clint Sponseller, 17-1149 Ricky Turk (CU) fall Chris Nissen, 1:11157 Devin Mesanko (CU) maj. dec. Jon Koch, 13-2165 #19 Matthew Palmer (CU) maj. dec. Beau Tresemer, 14-5174 Sven Hafemeister (CU) fall Jacob Lillich, 1:43184 Nicholas Sommerfeld (CU) dec. Zane Hershey, 4-3197 Brenden McLean (AF) dec. Jed Wade, 4-3HWT Bart Seeman (CU) fall Kurt Skarstedt, 2:56