SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Air Force wrestling team compiled a 3-0 record at the Augustana Duals on Friday, defeating Chadron State, 28-6, Morningside College, 37-3, and the host Vikings, 30-13. With the dual victories, the Falcons move to 2-3 on the season.
Against Chadron State, Air Force dropped its first two matches of the dual, losing decisions at 125 and 133 pounds. However, the Falcons went on to win the next eight bouts, led by a 10-2 major decision from Konner Witt (So., Oak Harbor, Ohio) at 174 pounds.
In their second dual of the day, the Falcons won nine of 10 bouts, with the only loss coming in the final match. Three different Falcons--Carter McElhany (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jesse Stafford (Jr., Loomis, Calif.) and Witt--all scored falls to lead the way for Air Force in the dominant victory.
Air Force's final dual was closer in terms of total matches won, with the Falcons picking up victories in six of 10 weight classes, but Air Force was able to pick up bonus points with falls at 133, 165 and 174 pounds. Senior Greg Rinker (Northampton, Pa.) pinned his opponent at 133 pounds, while Stafford and Witt each recorded their second fall of the day.
In addition to Stafford and Witt each going 3-0 on Friday, freshman David Walker (St. Marys, Iowa) also wrestled in and won all three of his matches at 141 pounds.
The Falcons return to action next Saturday, Nov. 23, when they head to Kearney, Neb., for the annual UNK Holiday Inn Open.
Air Force 28, Chadron State 6
125: Taylor Summers (CS) dec. Cassidy Oshiro, 6-4
133: Dustin Stodola (CS) dec. Greg Rinker, 9-3
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Jay Stine, 8-5
149: Jerry McGinty (AF) dec. Jacob Anderson, 3-1
157: No. 18 Josh Kreimier (AF) win by forfeit
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) dec. Caleb Copeland, 10-4
174: Konner Witt (AF) maj. dec. Dylan Fors, 10-2
184: Scott Reilly (AF) dec. Tyler Smart, 6-2
197: Greg Isley (AF) dec. Devan Fors, 4-0
285: Marcus Malecek (AF) dec. Rulon Taylor, 4-2
Air Force 37, Morningside 3
125: Cassidy Oshiro (AF) dec. Brent Curtis, 7-3
133: Carter McElhany (AF) fall Carter Tegeler, 4:15
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Kevin Olson, 4-2
149: Natrelle Demison (AF) maj. dec. Tyler Lashbrook, 12-1
157: Connor Hedash (AF) dec. Jordan Langley, 9-3
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) fall Malcolm Johnson, 4:15
174: Konner Witt (AF) fall Isaac Olson, 1:30
184: Dan Barringer (AF) dec. Rulin Pederson, 12-5
197: Parker Hines (AF) dec. Jared McCoy, 6-4
285: Tyler Kacmarynski (MC) dec. Marcus Malecek, 5-2
Air Force 30, Augustana 13
125: TJ North (AC) maj. dec. Cassidy Oshiro, 12-4
133: Greg Rinker (AF) fall Brandon Chesnut, 2:20
141: David Walker (AF) dec. Jacob Anderson, 3-2
149: Shawn Hatlestad (AC) dec. Natrelle Demison, 3-1
157: Mitchell Rechtzigel (AC) dec. Connor Hedash, 7-0
165: Jesse Stafford (AF) fall Parker Swanson, 2:35
174: Konner Witt (AF) fall Jeff Nielsen, 2:08
184: Sean Derry (AC) dec. Scott Reilly, 11-5
197: Greg Isley (AF) dec. Drake Fanslau, 6-1
285: Marcus Malecek (AF) win by forfeit