Battle on the Midway
Nov. 17, 2017

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THIS WEEK: Air Force continues dual-meet action on Nov. 21, against the Big 12's newest affiliate addition, Fresno State, in an unprecedented Div. I wrestling event as the Battle on the Midway marks the first time that the prestigious museum will host a collegiate wrestling dual on the flight deck. The bout is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Eventbrite website, here.

Projected Lineup:
125: Tony DeCesare or Drew Romero (AF) vs. Sean Williams (FS)
133: Isaac Jimenez (AF) vs. Trevor Williams (FS)
141: Alec Opsal or Lyle Plummer (AF) vs. Chris De Loza (FS)
149: Jacoby Ward or Tommy Stager (AF) vs. Khristian Olivas (FS)
157: Dane Robbins (AF) vs. Greg Gaxiola (FS)
165: Alex Lopouchanski or Tyler Wiederholt (AF) vs. Isaiah Hokit (FS)
174: Michael Billingsley (AF) vs. Dominic Kincaid (FS)
184: Zen Ikehara (AF) vs. Angel Solis (FS)
197: Anthony McLaughlin (AF) vs. Richie Brandt (FS)
285: Matt Wagner (AF) vs. AJ Nevills (FS)


A GRAND OPENING:
2016 Olympic Greco-Roman star Robby Smith is one of the headliners for six international wrestling matches held prior to the Battle on the Midway on Tuesday. There will be two international matches in each of the three Olympic disciplines, featuring one Junior/Cadet bout and one Senior bout each in men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. All six of the U.S. competitors have been California residents, and five of the Americans competed in high school in California.

International matches
Women's Freestyle Senior bout - Jacarra Winchester (USA) vs. Emily Schaefer (Canada)
Women's Junior/Cadet bout - Gracie Figueroa (USA) vs. Hannah Taylor (Canada)
Greco-Roman Senior bout - Robby Smith (USA) vs. Korey Jarvis (Canada)
Greco-Roman Junior/Cadet bout - Peyton Omania (USA) vs. TBA (Mexico)
Men's Freestyle Senior bout - Joe Colon (USA) vs. Steven Takahashi (Canada)
Men's Freestyle Junior/Cadet bout - Ryan Franco (USA) vs. Dominik Serrano (Colombia)

THIS WEEK ACROSS THE POND: Junior Alex Mossing became Air Force's first-ever U23 World Team Trials Champion, after going 4-0 en route to the championship title of the Greco-Roman 71kg class, Oct. 8, at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minn. Mossing won the title in the first two matches (best of 3) over Colin Schubert (NYAC/NMU), including a phenomenal four-point throw in the waning seconds of the first match. Mossing, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is one of eight athletes to represent Team USA's Greco-Roman team, November 21-26, 2017 in Bydgoszcz, Poland at the Senior U23 World Championships.

COMING UP: The Falcons will send ten wrestlers to compete at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 1-2, in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls. The event is arguably one of the toughest regular-season tournaments in Division I wrestling. Last season, Alex Lopouchanski and Alex Mossing finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

 

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