Five Falcons Take First at Southern Colorado Open
This Week: Nov. 25 , Oklahoma Open in Norman, Okla. (A)
About the Tournament: The Falcons travel to Norman, Okla., to face some of the top wrestlers in the nation. The all-day tournament, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, is the third event of the season for the team. There will not be any team scores in the open event.
Last Week: Air Force travelled south down I-25 for the annual Southern Colorado Open in Pueblo, Colo. Twelve Falcons placed in the tournament with five Air Force wrestlers grabbing first place honors. Two Falcons placed second, two others placed third and three placed fourth.
Fabulous Frohardt: Scott Frohardt (Parker, Colo.) won his second straight open tournament. Two weeks ago, he won five matches at the 149-pound weight class to win first place at the Wyoming Cowboy Open. He won five matches, four by decision, to win the Southern Colorado Open. Frohardt, who wrestled at 149 pounds last year, finished the 1999-2000 season ranked 16th in the nation. He was the only NCAA qualifier last season.
Champions: Joining Frohardt on the championship platform were Ryan Montanez, Alex Pelbath, Terry Parham and Kevin Hoy. Montanez, a senior from Simi Valley, Calif., won first place at 141 pounds as he won five matches including one by technical fall. Pelbath, a senior from Oceanside, Calif., took first at 165 pounds. He won five matches all by decision. Parham, a junior from Pacific Junction, Iowa, won four matches at 174 pounds to win the championship. He won the championship match by pin in 1:36. Hoy, a sophomore, Waretown, N.J., won four matches to win the heavyweight title. He shutout his last three opponents.
Other Place Winners: Junior Andy Peters (125 pounds) and senior T.J. Huxel
(157 pounds) each placed second in their weight classes. Peters lost in the
final by a 5-2 decision while Huxel lost a 7-3 decision in the title match.
Senior Scott Jenkins (174 pounds) and sophomore Sam Sheretz (184 pounds)
each placed third. Jenkins lost in the semifinals and then won two matches
in the consolation bracket to place third. He won the third-place match, 3-1
in overtime. Sheretz lost his second match of the tournament and then came
back to win four matches in the consolation bracket. He pinned his opponent
from Northern Colorado in the third-place match. Sophomore Michael Brown,
freshman Blaine Brown and sophomore Ryan Kaiser all placed fourth.