SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- With just one individual loss, the Air Force wrestling team cruised to a 39-3 dual victory over Cal Poly on Sunday. The Falcons, ranked 25th in the nation by InterMat, improve to 8-1 overall on the season, while the Mustangs fall to 2-6.
The action started at 125 pounds, where 10th-ranked freshman Josh Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a convincing 10-0 major decision over Britain Longmire. Sophomore Dylan Hyder (Yelm, Wash.) gave the Falcons a big win at 133 pounds, edging out 20th-ranked Devon Lotito in a 4-3 decision.
At 141 pounds, Carter McElhany (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) used a strong second period to earn a 4-0 decision against Brandan Rocha, increasing the Falcons' team lead to 10-0. In the 149-pound match, senior Logan Burch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) trailed 8-1 at the end of the first period, but was able to record a fall -- the first of his career -- 58 seconds into the second period.
Josh Kreimier (Jr., Fort Collins, Colo.) scored a 12-1 major decision at 157 pounds, while a 15-0 technical fall from Jesse Stafford (So., Loomis, Calif.) at 165 pounds cemented the Falcons' team victory. Following an 18-4 tech fall by junior Dan Barringer (Monument, Colo.), Air Force suffered its only loss of the evening, a 9-3 decision at 184 pounds. Senior Josh Mohr (Pewaukee, Wis.) was the last Falcon to wrestle on Sunday, winning a 10-1 major decision at 197 pounds, while heavyweight Bentley Alsup (So., Missoula, Mont.) was awarded a win by forfeit.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, Jan. 25, when they host North Dakota State in their Western Wrestling Conference opener.
125: Josh Martinez (AF) maj. dec. Britain Longware, 10-0
133: Dylan Hyder (AF) dec. Devon Lotito, 4-3
141: Carter McElhany (AF) dec. Brendan Rocha, 4-0
149: Logan Burch (AF) fall Dillen Rocha, 3:58
157: Josh Kreimier (AF) maj. dec. Kyle Chene, 12-1
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) tech fall Paul Woodman, 15-0 (5:19)
174: Dan Barringer (AF) maj. dec. Mitchell Woods, 18-4
184: Sean Dougherty (CP) dec. Devin Hightower, 9-3
197: Josh Mohr (AF) maj. dec. JT Goodwin, 10-1
285: Bentley Alsup (AF) win by forfeit