Falcons Head to NCAA Wrestling Championships

    Junior Cole VonOhlen

    Junior Cole VonOhlen

    March 13, 2012

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    A pair of Air Force wrestlers will head to the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, being held in St. Louis, Mo., this week, March 15-17. Junior Cole VonOhlen, the West Regional champion at 149 pounds, will be joined by sophomore Josh Kreimier, who received an automatic bid at 157 pounds.

    ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS...
    This year, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The event, in its 82nd year, is being hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the University of Missouri.

    WATCH THE ACTION...
    Fans who are unable to make it to St. Louis to see the championships in person will still be able to catch the action online and on television. The first two sessions, which will take place on Thursday, will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com. Session I is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. (CT), while Session II will start at 6:30 p.m.

    Meanwhile, the final four sessions are all slated to be televised, in addition to being broadcast on the internet. On Friday, coverage will begin at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU. Saturday's medal rounds, scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m., will also air on ESPNU, while the championship bouts, slated to start at 7:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on ESPN.

    LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS...
    Cole VonOhlen was the lone Air Force competitor at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, qualifying for the event for the second-straight season. VonOhlen, the ninth seed at 141 pounds, posted a 2-2 record in the tournament, pinning 20th-ranked Chris Drouin of Iowa State in the opening round, before dropping a decision to eighth-seed Zack Bailey of Oklahoma. In the consolation bracket, VonOhlen captured a major decision over Boise State's Levi Jones, but ended the tournament with a 6-4 loss to Oregon State's Michael Mangrum. VonOhlen concluded his year with a 44-9 overall record.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    Air Force captured fourth place at the 2012 NCAA West Regional on March 4, scoring 50.5 points to finish behind Wyoming, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. The Falcons were led by junior Cole VonOhlen, who captured the individual title at 149 pounds. Junior Clayton Gable was the runner-up at 174 pounds, while four other Falcons--Greg Rinker (125), Tyler Untrauer (133), Josh Kreimier (157) and Josh Mohr (197)--finished third in their respective weight classes.

    FIRST UP...
    Cole VonOhlen, with a 35-2 overall record on the season, enters this year's NCAA Championships as the third seed at 149 pounds and will face Northwestern's Kaleb Friedley in his opening match. Friedley enters this week's championships with a 20-11 overall record and received an automatic bid to the national tournament after placing seventh at the Big Ten Championships.

    Meanwhile, Josh Kreimier, an NCAA automatic qualifier with a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional at 157 pounds, enters this weekend with a 23-14 overall record. In his opening match, Kreimier will face George Ivanov of Boise State, currently ranked 16th in the nation by Intermat. Ivanov, who holds a 22-6 record on the season, placed second at the Pac-10 Championships to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

    AF ALL-TIME ALL-AMERICANS...
    This year, Cole VonOhlen and Josh Kreimier will strive to join the ranks of such decorated individuals as Don Henderson, Terry Isaacson, Kirt Donaldson, Ken Donaldson, Bob Orwig, Terry Parham, Scott Frohardt and Kevin Hoy--Air Force's All-American wrestlers.

    Among the group of eight All-Americans in Air Force history are one national champion (Henderson), three NCAA runners-up (Isaacson, Ken Donaldson and Hoy) and two multiple All-America performers (Isaacson and Hoy).

     

     

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