THIS WEEK: The Falcons are sending their top-ten wrestlers to compete for titles 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 as over 100 of the nation’s ranked wrestlers will descend on Las Vegas for the event. Nine of the nation's top 20 teams will be in action including Ohio State, Michigan, Arizona State, Virginia Tech Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Wyoming, North Carolina, Cornell and more. Last season, Alex Lopouchanski and Alex Mossing finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
COMING UP: Air Force will see a slight break in action for the month of December and return to the mats at the Southern Scuffle, hosted by UT-Chattanooga, Jan. 1-2.
LAST WEEK: Air Force won seven of 10 bouts in the Big 12 opener against Fresno State in the Battle on the Midway. The dual was highlighted by Sophomore 141-pounder Alec Opsal, who cradled his opponent into a pin for a six-point boost generating momentum that led the Falcons to a 24-12 victory over Big 12 foe Fresno State, in the unprecedented Battle on the Midway, hosted on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Opsal was named Air Force's Cadet-Athlete of the Week following his performance.
A QUICK LOOK AT AIR FORCE: The Falcons are led by Opsal and Anthony McLaughlin (197) who are 2-0 apiece on the dual slate. McLaughlin is 8-0 in duals dating back to last season where he concluded at 6-0. Opsal has recorded the only bonus points in dual meet action thus far.
Overall, freshman 184-pounder Jimmy Weaver leads the Falcons with 12 wins to his credit. Freshman classmate Lenny Petersen leads the team in bonus points with 36 after recording four falls at the UNK-Holiday Inn Open. Petersen leads the squad with six falls. Air Force has seen two tournament champions this season. Opsal claimed the title at the Cowboy Open (elite), while Noah Irons was champion at the Northern Colorado Open.