Air Force Wrestling Begins 2013-14 Season at Cowboy Open
Senior Josh Kreimier

Oct. 30, 2013

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The Air Force wrestling team officially begins the 2013-14 season this weekend, Nov. 2, when it travels to Laramie, Wyo., for the annual Cowboy Open, hosted by Wyoming.

This year, the Air Force wrestling team enters its eighth season under the guidance of head coach Joel Sharratt. Last season, the Falcons finished the year with an 11-4 overall dual record and 2-3 mark in the Western Wrestling Conference, as well as a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional.

The Falcons return seven letterwinners from the 2012-13 season, including a pair of returning NCAA qualifiers in senior Josh Kreimier and sophomore Josh Martinez.

The Cowboy Open, currently in its 36th season, will feature 20 teams and more than 400 competitors. Champions will be crowned at 10 weight classes in both Elite and Amateur brackets. The action begins at 9:00 a.m., with live results available on

Entering the 2013-14 season, the Falcons have a pair of wrestlers currently ranked by numerous wrestling publications. Sophomore Josh Martinez, a 2013 NCAA qualifier and reigning WWC Freshman of the Year, is currently ranked 11th at 125 pounds by Intermat, while he is ranked ninth by Amateur Wrestling News, 10th by, 11th by DI College Wrestling and 13th by W.I.N. Magazine.

Meanwhile, senior Josh Kreimier, a returning two-time NCAA qualifier, is rated 16th in the nation at 157 pounds by Intermat. He is also rated ninth by W.I.N. Magazine, 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and, and 15th by DI College Wrestling.

Air Force wrapped up its preseason wrestle-offs with the Black & Blue Match, held Oct. 25 in Clune Arena. Following are complete results from the Black & Blue Match, where the Black team earned a 22-13 victory:

125 - Josh Martinez (Black) fall Kyle Morse, 0:48
133 - Greg Rinker (Black) dec. Carter McElhany, 4-3
141 - David Walker (Blue) dec. Cody Hancock, 7-1
149 - Natrelle Demison (Blue) dec. Jerry McGinty, 8-1
157 - Josh Kreimier (Black) maj. dec. Connor Hedash, 12-1
165 - Tyler Mergen (Blue) maj. dec. Jeremy Delzer, 19-5
174 - Konner Witt (Black) dec. Scott Reilly, 6-1
184 - Devin Hightower (Blue) dec. Jared Koch, 6-0
197 - Jack Carda (Black) dec. Parker Hines, 6-3
HWT - Marcus Malecek (Black) dec. Brook Gosch, 2-0

The Falcons open their dual slate next weekend, Nov. 8, when they head to Broomfield, Colo., to take part in the "Rumble in the Rockies" versus Northwestern. Meanwhile, Air Force opens its home schedule on Sunday, Nov. 10, with a 1:00 p.m. contest versus Stanford.



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