Wrestling With Three Duals This Weekend
Jan. 11, 2018

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AIR FORCE vs. LONG ISLAND-POST
Friday, Jan. 12, 4:00 p.m. ET
David S. Mack Physical Education Center, Hempstead, NY
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AIR FORCE vs. HOFSTRA
Friday, Jan. 12, 6:00 p.m. ET
David S. Mack Physical Education Center, Hempstead, NY
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AIR FORCE vs. No. 15 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Sunday, Jan. 14, 11:00 p.m. MT
Clune Arena, USAFA, CO
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THIS WEEK: Air Force travels to the Big Apple for a pair of duals on Friday, Jan. 12. First, the Falcons will take on Long Island-Post at 4 p.m. ET before taking the mats against Hofstra at 6 p.m.  Both duals meets will be hosted in David S. Mack Physical Education Center at Hofstra University.  Friday’s meeting with Hofstra will mark the fifth time the programs have met in dual action; Hofstra leads the series 3-1.  In the first dual between the teams (1971-72), Air Force topped Hofstra, 21-11.  In the most recent meeting (2002-2003), Hofstra came out on top of Air Force, 30-15.

ON SUNDAY:  Air Force opens the home dual slate against No. 15 South Dakota State (5-1, 0-0 Big 12), Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. MT. South Dakota State is led by 2017 All-American and NCAA runner-up, No. 1 Seth Gross in the 133 class.  The Jackrabbits also boasts the sixth-ranked 197, Nate Rotert, 11th-ranked 157, Luke Zilverberg, the 11th-ranked 174, David Kocer, The Falcons are 4-10 against the Jackrabbits in the all-time series.  Last season, Air Force picked up two wins in the 28-6 loss to then-No. 20 South Dakota State.

LAST WEEKEND: Air Force swept the Borah Duals for the sixth-straight time, recording 11 bonus point victories in 27 matches, Saturday morning in Mountaineer Fieldhouse. The Falcons posted a 28-11 victory over host school, Western State. In the following duals, Air Force defeated New Mexico Highlands and Colorado Mesa, 32-18 and 27-14, respectively.

A QUICK LOOK AT AIR FORCE: The Falcons are led by Tony DeCesare (125) Alec Opsal (141) and Anthony McLaughlin (197) who are 3-0 apiece on the dual slate.  McLaughlin is 9-0 in duals dating back to last season where he concluded at 6-0.  Opsal leads the team with 12 bonus points in dual action by way of two falls against Fresno St. and New Mexico Highlands, while DeCesare is tied for second with 10 bonus points in three dual matches.

Junior 133-pounder Isaac Jimenez recorded the first major upset of the season, upending No. 2 Scott Parker (Lehigh) in the first round of the Southern Scuffle with an 8-6 SV win; he finished eighth in the tournament.  In the same round of the Scuffle, in his debut match at 149, senior Dane Robbins upended No. 13 Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven), 4-3. DeCesare showed his skill at the Scuffle by posting a 5-2 record for a fifth-place finish. He is the first Air Force freshman to place at the Scuffle since Josh Martinez in 2012.

Overall, freshman 184-pounder Jimmy Weaver leads the Falcons with 13 wins, while DeCesare (125) and sophomore Garret O’Shea (133) are tied with 12 apiece.  Freshman classmate Lenny Petersen leads the team in bonus points with 36 after recording four falls at the UNK-Holiday Inn Open. Petersen leads the squad with six falls.  Air Force has seen two tournament champions this season.  Opsal claimed the title at the Cowboy Open (elite), while Noah Irons was champion at the UNC Open.



 

 

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