GREELEY, Colo. – Winning eight of 10 matches, the Air Force wrestling team closed out its dual slate with a 33-6 win over conference rival Northern Colorado on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Falcons end the regular season with an 8-5 dual record and 3-3 mark in the Western Wrestling Conference, while the Bears fall to 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the WWC.
Northern Colorado earned the first victory of the day, taking a 1-0 decision at 141 pounds. However, third-ranked Cole VonOhlen (Jr., Jackson, Minn.) put the Falcons on top with a commanding win at 149 pounds, registering a 20-3 technical fall over Justin Gonzales. Sophomore Josh Kreimier (Fort Collins, Colo.) added a 14-5 major decision in the 157-pound bout to push Air Force’s lead to 9-3.
The Bears got back on the scoreboard following the 165-pound bout when 10th-ranked Gabe Burak earned a 9-2 decision, but the Falcons posted wins in the final six weight classes. Clayton Gable (Jr., Dallastown, Pa.) scored a 15-0 technical fall over Josh VanTine at 174 pounds, while 184-pounder Greg Isley (So., Toledo, Ohio) followed with a 13-5 major decision.
Air Force scored decisions in its next two bouts to put the dual out of reach for Northern Colorado, as Josh Mohr (Jr., Pewaukee, Wis.) earned a 7-3 decision at 197 pounds, while Jared Erickson (Jr., Newton, Utah) came away with a 3-2 decision in the heavyweight match, bringing the team score to 24-6.
At 125 pounds, sophomore Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.) scored the quickest victory of the day, pinning Jesse Meis in a time of 1:22. Meanwhile, senior Tyler Untrauer (Midwest City, Okla.) closed out the dual at 133 pounds, recording three takedowns in the opening period to score a solid 8-4 decision over Sam Bauer.
The Falcons return to action March 4, when they head to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to take part in the 2012 NCAA West Regional, hosted by Northern Iowa.
Air Force 33, Northern Colorado 6
141 – Casey Cruz (UNC) dec. Carter McElhany, 1-0
149 – No. 3 Cole VonOhlen (AF) tech fall Justin Gonzales, 20-3 (6:41)
157 – Josh Kreimier (AF) maj. dec. Charlie McMartin, 14-5
165 – No. 10 Gabe Burak (UNC) dec. Colby Kluesner, 9-2
174 – Clayton Gable (AF) tech fall. Josh VanTine, 15-0 (5:42)
184 – Greg Isley (AF) maj dec. Patrick Gomez, 13-5
197 – Josh Mohr (AF) dec. Nick Bayer, 7-3
HWT – Jared Erickson (AF) dec. Henry Chirino, 3-2
125 – Greg Rinker (AF) fall Jesse Meis, 1:22
133 – Tyler Untrauer (AF) dec. Sam Bauer, 8-4