Air Force Closes Out Dual Slate at Northern Colorado
Sophomore Konner Witt

Feb. 22, 2014

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The Air Force wrestling team wraps up its dual slate this Sunday, Feb. 23, when it visits Western Wrestling Conference foe Northern Colorado in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

The Falcons went 2-1 in three home duals last week, dropping a 28-14 contest to Wyoming on Tuesday evening before defeating New Mexico Highlands (41-0) and Utah Valley (24-13) on Friday night.

Against Wyoming, Greg Rinker (133) and Natrelle Demison (149) picked up major decisions, while fourth-ranked Josh Martinez (125) and Konner Witt (174) earned decisions.

In the rout of New Mexico Highlands, Rinker, Witt and Greg Isley (197) all scored falls, Martinez and Demison added major decisions, and David Walker (141), Daniel Baucke (157), Connor Hedash (165), Devin Hightower (197) and Cody Davis (HWT) earned decisions. Meanwhile, against Utah Valley, Rinker added another fall, Martinez scored a win by forfeit, and McElhany, Witt, Isley and Marcus Malecek (HWT) picked up decisions.

Air Force enters Sunday's match with a 10-6 dual mark on the season and 1-3 ledger in the Western Wrestling Conference. Leading the way for the Falcons is sophomore Josh Martinez, currently ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds with a 31-2 overall record.

Northern Colorado enters this weekend with a 5-12 overall record and 0-4 mark in the WWC.

Among the leaders for the Bears this season are Mitchell Polkowske (157) and Trey Andrews (125), who have 21 and 20 wins on the season, respectively, and heavyweight Henry Chirino, who has picked up 18 wins on the year.

Air Force sophomore Josh Martinez was rated fourth at 125 pounds in the second of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2013-14 wrestling season, while ranking fifth in the initial Rating Percentage Index (RPI). The final rankings and RPI will be two 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.

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, and DI College Wrestling.

With the regular season under wraps, the Falcons will prep for the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships, which will be held March 8 in Orem, Utah.



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