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AIR FORCE VS. NORTHERN COLORADO
Thurs., Feb 16, 7:00 p.m. MT | Clune Arena, USAFA
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THIS WEEK: Wrestling takes the mats in Clune Arena in their final dual of the season against Big 12 foe, Northern Colorado, for senior’s night, Thurs., Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. MT. Seniors Connor Hedash, Parker Hines, Brayden Hill, Dylan Hyder, Jerry McGinty, Anthony McHugh, Conor O’Hara, Cassidy Oshiro and David Walker will be honored at the event. On Sunday, Air Force will host the U.S. Western National Open, in the center gym of Cadet Gymnasium. Tournament bouts are slated to start at 9:00 a.m. MT. A live stream for the Northern Colorado dual and the Western National Open will be broadcast by FloWrestling.
TUNE IN: Fans can access the FloWrestling live stream by going to goairforcefalcons.com, and clicking the watch live link in the schedule drop down. A subscription to FloWrestling is required for viewing. Live updates will be provided by the Air Force wrestling twitter page, @AFAwrestling, and trackwrestling.com.
THE SERIES AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO: The Falcons and Bears will meet for the 29th time in program history. Air Force leads the series, 16-12. In last year’s match, Air Force topped Northern Colorado, 19-12, in the Bank of Colorado Arena, Greeley, Colo. When wrestling at the Academy, the Falcons lead the series, 8-5. Air Force’s largest margin of victory over the Bears at home was 35-9, in the 2012-13 season.
A LOOK AT THE FALCONS LINEUP: The Falcons are led by sophomore 197-pounder, Anthony McLaughlin, who is 5-0 in dual matches this season with two wins and no losses to his credit in Big 12 matches. McLaughlin is 17-7 on the season; he has the best win percentage (.708) on the starting lineup. Three other Falcons competing on senior night also have winning dual marks. Dylan Hyder, who snagged a title at the All Academy Championships, is 5-4 in dual matches. Freshman heavyweight, Kerry Powers, and sophomore 141-pounder, John Twomey, both have 5-4 marks in dual action this season. Sophomore Alex Mossing, who finished eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, will represent Air Force at 157. Freshman 165-pounder Ricky Padilla, who recently won a title at the Rocky Mountain Open, will get his first dual meet start at the event.
SCOUTING THE BEARS: Northern Colorado will take the mats under the lead of head coach Troy Nickerson, who is 1-1 against Air Force in his career at UNC. The Bears arguably looked the best they have all season as they jumped out to a 16-0 lead in their 22-14 victory over Utah Valley last week. The 16-point lead marked the largest lead-margin the Bears have held over any opponent this season. Northern Colorado is 2-9 in dual meets on the season with a 1-5 mark in the conference. In regards to common opponents, Air Force and Northern Colorado have both fallen to North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Wyoming. Air Force topped Cal Poly, 21-10, who in turn beat Northern Colorado, 21-18. Contrarily, Northern Colorado beat Utah Valley, 22-14, while Air Force fell to the Wolverines, 15-18.
The Bears will brandish two top-20 nationally-ranked wrestlers in Thursday’s dual meet in No. 20 Keilan Torres at 165 and No. 20 Dylan Gabel at 184. Both wrestlers have winning marks on their overall record, with Torres at 22-12, and Gabel at 21-8. Trey Andrews (125) and Timmy Box (141) both received rankings in the coaches’ poll, with Andrews checking in at 28 and Box at 25. Four Bears in the projected lineup have winning dual marks, led by Gabel who is 8-2 in dual contests.
LAST WEEKEND AT HOME: Air Force picked up a major decision and two decision victories in the 23-10 loss to No. 25 North Dakota State, Feb. 10, in Clune Arena, USAFA. The Falcons’ 141-pound sophomore, John Twomey, led Air Force with an 11-0 major decision over Taylor Nein. The South Huntington, New York, native registered a take down and four near fall points in the first period alone. With two more reversals and a riding time point added, Twomey sealed the deal with bonus points in the Falcons’ first win of the night. Michael Billingsley nabbed a win in the 174 class, while McLaughlin, who added his fifth-straight win in dual matches this season, registered the final win for the Falcons on the night.
UP NEXT FOR AIR FORCE: Air Force will prepare to travel to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the 2017 Big 12 Conference championships, in the BOK Center, on March 4-5. FloWrestling will be livestreaming the event.