Three Falcon Wrestlers Earn All-American Status
March 24, 2002
Three Air Force wrestlers finished in the top eight of the NCAA Championships in Albany, N.Y., to earn All-American status. Of 79 teams represented at the tournament, the Falcons finished in 22nd place with 22.5 team points. Minnesota won the event, followed by Iowa State.
"It was a great way to end the season and we are extremely pleased with our performance," said head coach Wayne Baughman. "Our wreslters defeated some of the best wrestlers in the country. It was overall the most successful team we've ever had."
It was the first time since 1975 that the Air Force wrestling team had an All-American and only the second time in team history that three wrestlers earned All-American status the same year.
"It has been 27 years since we've had an All-American, but I think that jinx is broken. We got that monkey off our backs," Baughman said.
No. 18 Parham, wrestling in his first ever NCAA Championship, won his first match then lost his second match to the top-seeded wrestler in his weight class -- Otto Olson of Michigan. Parham proceeded to win four of his next five matches in the consolation bracket, finishing the event in seventh place with a 5-2 record.
No. 13 Frohardt, wrestling in his fourth consecutive NCAA tournament, compiled a 5-3 record en route to capturing eight place.
No. 9 Hoy, the Falcons highest ranked wrestler, was seeded eighth in the tournament but was upset in the first round. He battled back in the consolations, winning four straight. He lost his final match to Harvard's David Rechul, 6-5 to finish in eighth place.
Sophomore Heath McKim (125), the Falcons fourth NCAA qualifier, had a 3-2 record in his first-ever national tournament.
The Falcons finished the season 11-3 in dual meets.