Jan. 14, 2014
OREM, Utah - Air Force wrestler Jesse Stafford was named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 14, following his performance at the Borah Duals last weekend. It marks the first weekly honor of Stafford's career, and the third for an Air Force wrestler this season.
Stafford, a junior from Loomis, Calif., helped lead Air Force to a 4-0 team record Saturday at the 24th-annual Tracy Borah Duals, hosted by Western State Colorado. One of just four Falcons to wrestle in all four duals, Stafford posted an unblemished 4-0 dual mark, recording a pair of falls, a technical fall and a major decision.
In Air Force's 26-9 win over the host Mountaineers, Stafford scored a 16-0 technical fall over Jorge Benitez. He then followed with a pair of first-period falls over Embry-Riddle's Taylor Damico (1:47) and Colorado Mesa's Jessie Hoffschneider (2:06), while also scoring a 16-2 major decision against Brock Lamb in Air Force's 51-0 rout of Simon Fraser. With his performance, Stafford improves to 17-6 on the season, including a 7-2 mark in duals.