Falcons Travel to Texas for Lone Star Duals
Freshman Carter McElhany

Jan. 11, 2012

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The Air Force wrestling team is back in action this weekend, Jan. 14, at the annual Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Falcons will compete in four duals, taking on Chattanooga, Brown, Harvard and Central Baptist.

Meanwhile, a second group of Falcons will head to Gunnison, Colo., on Saturday, to take part in the Borah Duals, hosted by Western State. Air Force's `B' team is slated to face the host Mountaineers at 9:00 a.m., followed by matches against Colorado Mesa (11:00 a.m.) and CSU-Pueblo (1:00 p.m.).

Air Force split a pair of dual meets last weekend to open its 2011-12 dual slate, earning a 19-18 non-conference victory over Coe, while dropping a 33-12 decision to WWC foe Northern Iowa.

The Falcons won six of 10 bouts against the Kohawks, with junior Josh Mohr registering a major decision at 197 pounds to lead the way. Posting decisions for Air Force were Dylan Hyder (133), Carter McElhany (141), Cole VonOhlen (149), Josh Kreimier (157) and Greg Isley (184).

Meanwhile, against the Panthers, Air Force earned just two victories, with VonOhlen and Clayton Gable (174) each recording pins. VonOhlen earned his team-leading sixth fall of the season, while Gable notched the fastest fall of his career, pinning his opponent in 29 seconds.

Air Force enters this weekend's Lone Star Duals with a 1-1 overall record. The Falcons are led by junior co-captain Cole VonOhlen, who is ranked third in the nation at 149 pounds with an 18-2 overall record and 2-0 dual ledger. Freshman Carter McElhany is second on the team with 17 wins on the season, while sophomore Josh Kreimier has registered 11 victories on the year.

VonOhlen also leads the Falcons in total falls with six, while sophomore Greg Rinker is second on the team with four falls on the season. Meanwhile, junior Clayton Gable has recorded the fastest fall of the year for Air Force with a time of 29 seconds.

Chattanooga enters this weekend's duals with a 4-3 overall record following a 37-3 victory over Cleveland State on Sunday. Among the leaders for the Mocs is freshman Nick Soto, who is ranked 14th in the nation at 133 pounds with a 14-4 overall record.

Brown enters the Lone Star Duals with a 2-2 record on the year following a pair of wins over Millersville and Franklin & Marshall this past weekend.

Leading the Bears is 184-pounder Ophir Bernstein with a 15-5 overall record, while Billy Watterson (125) is second on the team with 12 wins on the season.

Harvard enters this weekend with a 3-1 dual record after defeating Millersville and Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Three wrestlers for the Crimson are currently ranked in their respective weight classes by Intermat, led by fifth-ranked Walter Pepperman at 157 pounds.

Senior Corey Jantzen is ranked 12th in the nation at 149 pounds after going undefeated in his opening round of competition, including an upset of then-third-ranked Mario Mason from Rutgers, while junior Steven Keith is ranked 13th at 133 pounds with a team-high 20 wins on the year.

Central Baptist enters this weekend's match with an 0-5 dual record. The Mustangs are led by junior Joseph Goolsby, who has compiled a 12-5 overall record at 157 pounds this season.

Junior co-captain Cole VonOhlen, a two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, is currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation in several wrestling publications at 149 pounds. VonOhlen is rated third in the nation by IntermatWrestle.com, W.I.N. Magazine, The Open Mat and DI College Wrestling, while ranked fifth by Amateur Wrestling News and sixth by WrestlingReport.com.

Junior Cole VonOhlen enters this weekend with 93 career victories in his first three seasons and needs just seven 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 return to Colorado next week for their first home duals of the season, hosting WWC opponent Utah Valley on Thursday, Jan. 19, while taking on Cal Poly and New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, Jan. 21.



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