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Air Force’s Cole VonOhlen Named WWC Wrestler of the Week

OREM, Utah — Air Force Academy 149-pound junior Cole VonOhlen (Jackson, Minn./Jackson County Central HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week after an outstanding performance on the mat last week as announced Tuesday by the league.

VonOhlen led the Falcons with a 4-0 record at the Lone Star Duals last Saturday, registering a fall, a technical fall and a pair of decisions. Among his wins was an 11-5 decision over Harvard’s previously undefeated Corey Jantzen, ranked 12th in the nation.

VonOhlen, who is currently ranked third by Intermat at 149 pounds, now holds a 22-2 record on the season and needs just three more wins to reach 100 for his career.

The conference award is VonOhlen’s second of the season and seventh of his career.

The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its sixth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

Other Nominees:

North Dakota State: Steven Monk, 157 pounds, Sophomore, (Wausau, Wis./Wausau West HS)

Northern Colorado: Gabe Burak, 165 pounds, Senior (Colorado Springs, Colo./Penn)

Northern Iowa: Cruse Aarhus, 125 pounds, Senior (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy)

South Dakota State: Nick Flynn, 157 pounds, Senior (Lansing, Kan.)

Utah Valley: Avery Garner, 141 pounds, Redshirt Sophomore (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS)

Wyoming: Alfonso Hernandez, 197 pounds, Redshirt Junior (Blackfoot, Idaho)

2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week

Nov. 9 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 – Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Nov. 22 – Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming)/Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Nov. 29 – Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 6 – Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Dec. 13 – Zach Zehner (Wyoming)
Dec. 20 – Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Jan. 4 – Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Jan. 10 – Pat Martinez (Wyoming)
Jan. 17 – Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)

2011-12 WWC Dual Standings

School Conf. Overall

Northern Iowa 2-0 4-3
North Dakota State 1-0 4-4
Air Force 0-1 3-3
South Dakota State 0-1 3-3
Northern Colorado 0-1 1-3
No. 12 Wyoming – 2-2
Utah Valley – 3-4

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