Air Force Opens Dual Slate Versus No. 21 Northwestern, Stanford

    Senior Josh Kreimier
    Senior Josh Kreimier

    Nov. 6, 2013

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    The Air Force wrestling team opens up its 2013-14 dual slate this weekend with a pair of non-conference duals. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Falcons will head to Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo., for a neutral site dual versus 21st-ranked Northwestern in the "Rumble in the Rockies."

    Air Force concludes the weekend with its first home dual of the season, hosting Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.

    WATCH ON THE WEB...
    Fans who are unable to make it to Clune Arena for Sunday afternoon's match versus Stanford can follow along online with live video and live scoring, available at GoAirForceFalcons.com.

    To access the live video stream, click on the FalconVision tab or head directly to goairforcefalcons.com/videos. Meanwhile, live scoring can be accessed by clicking the link located on the Air Force wrestling schedule.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    The Falcons began the 2013-14 season last weekend at the Cowboy Open, coming home with 12 placewinners, including three individual champions. Sophomore Marcus Malecek (HWT) and freshmen David Walker (141) and Parker Hines (197) each won individual titles in the Amateur Division, while senior Greg Rinker (133) and sophomore Konner Witt (174) were the top Air Force finishers in the Elite Division, each placing second.

    Also in the Elite Division, junior Carter McElhany (133) and sophomore Scott Reilly (174) placed third in their respective weight classes, while seniors Dan Barringer (174) and Evan Gros (197) each placed fourth. In the Amateur Division, freshmen Anthony McHugh (141) and Connor Hedash (157) both placed fourth, while classmate Jerry McGinty registered a fourth-place showing at 149 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    After one weekend of competition, three Air Force wrestlers sport perfect records, led by freshman David Walker, who posted a 5-0 mark in his collegiate tournament. Classmate Connor Hedash leads the Falcons in total wins with a 7-1 overall record, while another freshman, Anthony McHugh, has registered a team-leading four falls.

    Meanwhile, several other Falcons, including nationally ranked wrestlers Josh Martinez (125) and Josh Kreimier (157), are expected to make their first appearances of the season in this weekend's duals.

    SCOUTING THE WILDCATS...
    The Northwestern Wildcats, ranked 21st in the preseason USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll, enter this weekend's dual with a 2-0 record on the early season. Northwestern earned a pair of home victories last weekend, defeating Chicago, 38-0, and Stevens Tech, 38-6. The Wildcats are led by four nationally ranked wrestlers, including heavyweight Mike McMullan, who is currently rated second in the nation by InterMat. Other Northwestern wrestlers currently ranked by InterMat include Jason Tsirtis, ranked ninth at 149 pounds, Pierce Harger, ranked 10th at 165 pounds, and Lee Munster, who is ranked 11th at 174 pounds.

    SCOUTING THE CARDINAL...
    The Stanford Cardinal enters Sunday afternoon's dual with a 2-0 record on the season, after defeating California Baptist (29-12) and Menlo College (37-6) in a pair of home duals. Leading the way for Stanford is two-time All-American Ryan Mango, currently ranked third in the nation at 133 pounds.

    IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS...
    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 10th at 125 pounds by InterMat, while he is ranked ninth by Amateur Wrestling News and WrestlingReport.com, 10th by DI College Wrestling and 13th by W.I.N. Magazine.

    Meanwhile, senior Josh Kreimier, a returning two-time NCAA qualifier, is rated 15th in the nation at 157 pounds by InterMat. He is also rated ninth by W.I.N. Magazine, 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and WrestlingReport.com, and 14th by DI College Wrestling.

    AIR FORCE CO-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...
    Freshman David Walker shared Air Force Athlete of the Week honors on Nov. 4, after earning his first collegiate title at the Cowboy Open. Walker compiled a 5-0 record on Saturday to claim first place in the 141-pound bracket of the Amateur Division at the Cowboy Open. After beginning the day with a fall, Walker recorded a pair of decisions and a pair of major decisions, including a 14-4 major decision in the championship bout.

    UP NEXT...
    The Falcons are back in action Friday, Nov. 15, when they head to Sioux Falls, S.D., to take part in the Augustana Duals. There, Air Force will face Chadron State, Morningside College and the host Vikings.

     

     

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