March 12, 2012
OREM, Utah - Six Air Force wrestlers have been named to the 2011-12 Western Wrestling Conference all-conference team, as announced by the league Monday afternoon. Individuals earned their spots on the respective teams with their finish at the 2012 NCAA West Regional on March 4 at Northern Iowa.
Earning first-team all-conference honors for the Falcons was sophomore Cole VonOhlen, while junior Clayton Gable garnered second-team all-conference honors. In addition, Greg Rinker, Tyler Untrauer, Josh Kreimier and Josh Mohr were each named All-WWC third-team selections.
VonOhlen, earns the third all-conference honors of his career, and his second spot on the All-WWC first team after capturing the individual title at 149 pounds. A native of Jackson, Minn., VonOhlen holds a 35-2 overall record on the year and will be competing in this week's NCAA Championships as the third seed in the 149-pound bracket.
Gable, a native of Dallastown, Pa., earns the second all-conference honors of his career after receiving third-team honors as a sophomore. Gable claimed second place at 174 pounds at this year's West Regional and closed out the season with a 19-14 overall record.
Rinker, a sophomore from Northampton, Pa., was named an all-conference honoree for the first time in his career, finishing third at 125 pounds. Rinker compiled a 3-1 record at this year's West Regional to end the season with a 19-16 overall ledger, including 10 wins by fall.
Untrauer, the Falcons' third-place finisher at 133 pounds, also put together a 3-1 record at the regional to earn his first career all-conference honors. A senior from Midwest City, Okla., Untrauer concluded the season with an 11-13 overall record.
At 157 pounds, Kreimier earned the first all-conference accolades of his career, taking third place in his weight class with a 3-1 record. A sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo., Kreimier currently holds a 23-14 record on the season and will compete at the NCAA Championships later this week.
Finally, Mohr, a junior from Pewaukee, Wis., garnered all-conference accolades with his third-place regional finish at 197 pounds. Mohr, who posted a 3-1 record during the tournament, was one of four Falcons to reach the 20-win threshold for the year, ending the season with a 20-15 overall ledger.
Wyoming led the conference with seven all-conference selections, including a league-best four first-team honorees. Northern Iowa added three first-team selections, North Dakota State had two first-team honorees and Air Force had one spot on the first team. The Falcons' six all-league honorees tied with North Dakota State for second-most in the conference, while Northern Iowa garnered four all-conference selections.
The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
2012 WWC All-Conference Team
125 - First Team: Trent Sprenkle (NDSU); Second Team: Michael Martinez (Wyoming); Third Team: Greg Rinker (Air Force)
133 - First Team: Joe Colon (UNI); Second Team: Zach Zehner (Wyoming); Third Team: Tyler Untrauer (Air Force)
141 - First Team: Levi Wolfensperger (UNI); Second Team: Casey Cruz (UNC); Third Team: Avery Garner (UVU)
149 - First Team: Cole VonOhlen (Air Force); Second Team: Josh Wilson (UVU); Third Team: Mark Erickson (NDSU)
157 - First Team: Steven Monk (NDSU); Second Team: David Bonin (UNI); Third Team: Josh Kreimier (Air Force)
165 - First Team: Shane Onufer (Wyoming); Second Team: Gabe Burak (UNC); Third Team: Ethan Smith (UVU)
174 - First Team: Patrick Martinez (Wyoming); Second Team: Clayton Gable (Air Force); Third Team: Tyler Johnson (NDSU)
184 - First Team: Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming); Second Team: Ryan Loder (UNI); Third Team: Mac Stoll (NDSU)
197 - First Team: Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming); Second Team: Nick Bayer (UNC); Third Team: Josh Mohr (Air Force)
285 - First Team: Blayne Beale (UNI); Second Team: LJ Helbig (Wyoming); Third Team: Evan Knutson (NDSU)