Oct. 5, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Senior Alec Williams and junior Cole VonOhlen have been named co-captains for the Air Force wrestling team, as announced by head coach Joel Sharratt. Williams, a native of Fultondale, Ala., and VonOhlen, from Jackson, Minn., were voted by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2011-12 season.
Williams has been a three-year starter for the Falcons and posted a career-best 26 victories in 2011-12, one of seven Air Force wrestlers to surpass the 20-win plateau last season. Meanwhile, VonOhlen, a two-time NCAA qualifier, becomes the first underclassman to hold the position of wrestling team captain at the Academy since Jack Black in the 1971-72 season. VonOhlen has recorded 75 career victories in just two seasons, including 44 wins during the 2010-11 campaign.
"The team and staff are encouraged by the signal this leadership duo brings to our program, and the support and leadership they will provide ot their fellow team members," said Sharratt. "The elected role of team captain at a service academy means a lot more than just being center mat for the coin flip; this is a true responsibility and others will be looking to these two great young men for a variety of inputs regarding development on and off the mat!"