Nov. 16, 2012
The Air Force wrestling team is back in action this weekend, Nov. 17, at the UNK Holiday Inn Open, hosted by Nebraska-Kearney.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons finished with four placewinners to begin the season at the Hokie Open, hosted by Virginia Tech, on Nov. 4. Senior Cole VonOhlen led the way, defending his title at 149 pounds with a 5-0 record. Meanwhile, Clay Gable placed fourth at 174 pounds, while Josh Martinez (125) and Josh Mohr (197) placed sixth in their respective weight classes.
In each of the past two weekends, several Air Force wrestlers have competed unattached. On Nov. 3, a group of Falcons competed at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyo., with six individuals coming back as placewinners. Freshmen Tyler Mergen (165) and Konner Witt (184) led the way, each winning their respective weight classes in the Amateur Division.
Also in the Amateur Division at the Cowboy Open, Mitch Brown (125) placed second, Willie Baker (165) placed third and Zach Stepan (141) placed fourth, while junior Dan Barringer placed fourth at 174 pounds in the Elite Division.
Meanwhile, another group headed to the Colorado Mesa Open last weekend, with three individuals finishing as placewinners. Sophomore Jack Carda took second place at 197 pounds, Mergen placed third at 165 pounds and sophomore Andy Jones finished fourth at 141 pounds.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force is led by nationally ranked senior captain Cole VonOhlen, who recorded a perfect 5-0 mark in the opening week of competition. Freshman Konner Witt, who wrestled unattached at the Cowboy Open, is also undefeated at 4-0, while newcomer Tyler Mergen has a team-best 11 wins after competing in a pair of open competitions.
Meanwhile, 16 different Falcons have registered falls, led by VonOhlen and sophomore Jesse Stafford with three falls each. Sophomore Bentley Alsup has the fastest fall of the early season, recording a fall in a time of 0:28.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS...
Air Force currently has two wrestlers ranked by numerous wrestling publications. Senior captain Cole VonOhlen, a returning three-time NCAA qualifier, is rated 12th in the nation at 149 pounds by Intermat, while he is ranked ninth by W.I.N. Magazine, 11th by WrestlingReport.com and 12th by DI College Wrestling and Amateur Wrestling News.
Meanwhile, junior Josh Kreimier, a 2012 NCAA qualifier who has not yet competed this season, is currently ranked 15th at 157 pounds by Intermat. He is also rated eighth by Amateur Wrestling News, 13th by W.I.N. Magazine, 13th by DI College Wrestling and 21st by WrestlingReport.com.
Senior captain Cole VonOhlen, who currently has 117 career victories, is on pace to break the Falcons' career falls record. VonOhlen enters this weekend with 40 career falls, needing just two more pins to match the mark of 42 falls set by Matt Crippes in 2007.
Air Force returns to action Nov. 30-Dec. 1, when the team's top wrestlers head to the annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Meanwhile, another group of Falcons will head to Hays, Kan., on Dec. 1 for the FHSU-Bob Smith Open.