OREM, Utah - Air Force senior Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn.) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week, as announced today by the league. It marks the second time this season and ninth time in his career that VonOhlen has been awarded the honor.
VonOhlen, currently ranked fourth in the nation by Intermat at 149 pounds, was one of three Air Force placewinniners to lead the Falcons to an eighth-place team finish at the Southern Scuffle. VonOhlen, who registered three falls and two decisions, posted a 5-1 record for the tournament to finish as the runner-up at 149 pounds.
In addition to pinning Minnesota's Thomas Giaimo, Army's John Belanger and Navy's Zach Basich, VonOhlen earned a 9-7 decision over nationally ranked Drake Houdashelt of Missouri and a 10-5 semifinal win over then-second-ranked Dylan Ness of Minnesota. VonOhlen's lone loss of the tournament came in the finals versus Oklahoma State's top-ranked Jordan Oliver.
VonOhlen, who was also named Air Force Athlete of the Week for his performance, now has a 21-2 overall record on the year.
Air Force, currently ranked 25th in the nation by InterMat, opens its home dual slate this Friday, Jan. 11, as they host 13th-ranked Oregon State. The Falcons will also host Northern Iowa and New Mexico Highlands on Sunday, Jan. 13.