Air Force Heads to Tracy Borah Duals

    Sophomore Konner Witt

    Sophomore Konner Witt

    Jan. 9, 2014

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    The Air Force wrestling team returns to dual action this Saturday, Jan. 11, as it heads to the 24th-annual Tracy Borah Duals, hosted by Western State Colorado. The Falcons will take on the host Mountaineers, along with Embry-Riddle, Colorado Mesa and Simon Fraser. Live scoring of each of Air Force's matches will be available on trackwrestling.com.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    Led by third-place finisher Josh Martinez (125), the Falcons placed 12th at the 2014 Southern Scuffle, hosted by Chattanooga, Jan. 1-2. Martinez posted a 6-1 record for the tournament, his lone loss coming to second-ranked Nico Megaludis of Penn State.

    Martinez was joined on the second day of action by eight other Falcons, including Jesse Stafford (165), Konner Witt (174) and Devin Hightower (184), who all posted winning records for the tournament. Stafford and Hightower both posted marks of 3-2, while Witt went 4-2 over the two-day event. Also advancing to the second day of competition were Carter McElhany and Greg Rinker at 133 pounds, Josh Kreimier at 157 pounds, Scott Reilly at 174 pounds and Greg Isley at 197 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force enters this weekend with a 3-2 dual mark on the season. Leading the way for the Falcons is sophomore Josh Martinez, currently ranked sixth in the nation at 125 pounds with a 19-2 overall record and 2-0 dual mark. Meanwhile, classmate Konner Witt owns a 16-6 record at 174 pounds and 4-1 dual ledger, while sharing the team lead in total falls with eight.

    SCOUTING THE MOUTAINEERS...
    Western State Colorado, which is ranked ninth in Division II, opens its dual competition this weekend. The Mountaineers have a pair of wrestlers who are nationally ranked. Junior Eliot Copeland is ranked third at 174 pounds, while classmate Kyle Piatt is ranked sixth at 184 pounds

    SCOUTING THE EAGLES...
    Embry-Riddle, receiving votes in the latest NAIA coaches' poll, currently holds a 2-9 dual mark on the season and will visit New Mexico Highlands before this weekend's duals. The Eagles are led by Sean Silva, who is ranked fifth at 125 pounds, and Luke Riley, who is ranked 16th in the NAIA at 165 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS...
    Colorado Mesa, currently ranked 18th at the Division II level, holds a 6-1 dual record entering this weekend. James Martinez, ranked second nationally at 149 pounds, leads the way for the Mavericks, while Chester Granard is ranked eighth at 174 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE CLAN...
    Simon Fraser enters this weekend's duals with a 1-8 mark on the year. Leading the way for the Clan is senior Skylor Davis, who is currently ranked first in Division II at 125 pounds with a 22-3 ledger on the season.

    WWC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK...
    Sophomore Josh Martinez earned his second Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week honors of the season on Jan. 7, following his third-place finish at the Southern Scuffle, held Jan. 1-2. Martinez was the Falcons' top performer at the annual Southern Scuffle, placing third at 125 pounds. Ranked sixth in the nation, Martinez compiled a 6-1 record in the tournament, posting two falls, a technical fall and three decisions.

    After winning his first four matches, Martinez suffered his only loss of the tournament in the semifinals, dropping a 7-2 decision to second-ranked Nico Megaludis of Penn State. He bounced back in the consolation bracket with two more wins, including a 6-0 decision over No. 14 David Terao of American in the third-place match. Martinez was also tabbed one of Air Force's co-athletes of the week for his performance.

    IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS...
    The Falcons have a pair of wrestlers who are currently ranked by various wrestling publications. Sophomore Josh Martinez is currently ranked sixth at 125 pounds by InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine, WrestlingReport.com and DI College Wrestling.

    Meanwhile, senior Josh Kreimier is rated 19th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine and 32nd by WrestlingReport.com.

    UP NEXT...
    The Falcons have two more non-conference road duals next Saturday, Jan. 18, when they to Corvallis, Ore., to take on No. 24 Oregon State, along with Southern Oregon.

     

     

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