Air Force Closes Out Home Slate with Three Duals

    Senior Greg Rinker

    Senior Greg Rinker

    Feb. 10, 2014

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    The Air Force wrestling team closes out its home slate this week with three duals, hosting WWC rival Wyoming on Tuesday, Feb. 11, while facing New Mexico Highlands and conference foe Utah Valley on Friday, Feb. 14.

    Tuesday night's dual is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m., while Friday's action will start at 5:00 p.m.

    WATCH ON THE WEB...
    Fans who are unable to make it to Clune Arena for this week's duals can follow along online with live video and live scoring, available at GoAirForceFalcons.com. To access both the live video stream and live scoring, click the link located on the Air Force wrestling schedule.

    SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SENIORS...
    Between Friday's duals against New Mexico Highlands and Utah Valley, the Air Force wrestling program will honor its senior class. The Falcons' class of 2014 includes Dan Barringer, Daniel Baucke, Cody Davis, Joshua Durbin, Brook Gosch, Evan Gros, Vance Hawk, Devin Hightower, Greg Isley, Josh Kreimier, Chris Morales and Greg Rinker.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    The Falcons captured a third-place finish at the All-Academy Championships on Feb. 1, scoring 83 points. Leading the way were sophomores Josh Martinez and Marcus Malecek, who captured individual titles at 125 and 285 pounds, respectively. Seniors Greg Rinker (133) and Devin Hightower (184) each placed second in their respective weight classes, while four other Falcons finished as placewinners as well.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force, which holds an 8-5 dual mark on the season and 0-2 record in the Western Wrestling Conference, is tied for 23rd in the latest InterMat poll. Leading the way for the Falcons is sophomore Josh Martinez, currently ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds with a 28-2 overall record.

    SCOUTING THE COWBOYS...
    Wyoming enters Tuesday's dual with a 3-6 overall ledger and 1-1 mark in the WWC. The Cowboys currently have a pair of wrestlers who are ranked nationally by InterMat. Junior Tyler Cox is currently rated eighth at 125 pounds, while freshman Ben Stroh is ranked 18th at 184 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE COWBOYS...
    New Mexico Highlands currently holds a 5-4 dual record on the season and will host CSU-Pueblo before facing Air Force on Friday. Among the leaders for the Cowboys are sophomore Erick Rangel, who holds a 22-5 record at 125 pounds, and redshirt sophomore Juan Alvarado (157), who has a 20-6 mark on the season.

    SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES...
    Utah Valley, currently holds a 5-7 overall dual record and 1-1 mark in the Western Wrestling Conference. The Wolverines will visit conference foe Northern Colorado on Wednesday before facing the Falcons on Friday evening. A pair of Utah Valley are listed in InterMat's national rankings, with junior heavyweight ranking 13th, while sophomore Jade Rauser is ranked 17th at 125 pounds.

    NCAA RANKINGS...
    Air Force sophomore Josh Martinez is rated in the initial coaches' panel rankings for the 2013-14 wrestling season, ranking fifth at 125 pounds. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

    Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

    IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS...
    Sophomore Josh Martinez is currently ranked by several different wrestling publications this season, rating fourth at 125 pounds by InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine, WrestlingReport.com and DI College Wrestling.

    UP NEXT...
    The Falcons close out their dual slate next Sunday, Feb. 23, when they head to Greeley, Colo., to face conference foe Northern Colorado.

     

     

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