Falcons Compete At FILA Junior Nationals
April 9, 2007
Las Vegas, Nev. - Six Air Force wrestlers took part in the FILA Junior Nationals held in Las Vegas over the weekend, led by sophomore Stephen Crozier (Monona, Iowa), who registered a pair of top-eight finishes in Greco-Roman (fourth) and freestyle (eighth), and freshman Samuel Sheppard (Ramstein AB, Germany), who finished fifth in the Greco-Roman competition.
Crozier, wrestling at 79 kg (174 lbs.), captured fourth place in the Greco-Roman event. Crozier registered a pair of falls on the day, including a come-from-behind victory over Michael Tade in the consolation semi-finals. Meanwhile, Crozier took eighth place in the freestyle competition, picking up three wins, including a decision, a tech fall and a pin. In addition, Sheppard took fifth place at 55 kg (121.25 lbs.) in the Greco-Roman competition, winning by injury default over Tyler Clark.
With their finishes, Crozier and Sheppard earn spots at the FILA Junior World Team Trials to be held in Colorado Springs, May 25-26.
Also competing for the Falcons at the FILA Junior Nationals were Felix Abeyta (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Steve Makuka (Fr., Columbus, N.J.), Randall Mitchner (Fr., Cordova, Tenn.) and Kurt Spranger (Fr., Tampa, Fla.).
The Falcons were also represented in the Veteran's National Championships last weekend, as Air Force assistant coach Matt Ciccarello competed in the Division B 85 kg bracket. Ciccarello, a former letterwinner and WAC champion for the Falcons, captured the freestyle title, defeating Buck O'Korn by injury default in the first-place bout.