March 10, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - Senior wrestler Greg Rinker was named the Air Force Co-Athlete of the Week on March 10, after earning his first NCAA West Regional title on Saturday.
Rinker, a native of Northampton, Pa., led the Air Force wrestling team to a third-place team finish at the NCAA West Regional, capturing an individual title at 133 pounds. Rinker, who entered the tournament as the second seed in his bracket, earned a 9-5 sudden victory decision in his semi-final match before claiming the championship with an 8-6 decision over top-seed Justin LaValle of North Dakota State.
With his win, Rinker earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, marking his first-ever NCAA appearance.
Rinker shared Air Force Athlete of the Week honors with lacrosse player Mike Crampton, who helped lead the Falcons to a conference-opening victory over Bellarmine.