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    Photo: Mark Lundy

    Ten Years of: Air Force Wrestling (2013-22)

    2x NCAA Qualifier and 2022 Big 12 champion Wyatt Hendrickson (photos courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)


    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so leading off is…Air Force!

    NCAA Qualifiers (19 total)

    2022


    133 - Sidney Flores (#28); 285 - Wyatt Hendrickson (#5)


    2021

    133 - Jared Van Vleet (#21); 174 - Cody Surratt (#25); 285 - Wyatt Hendrickson (#17)


    2019

    197 - Anthony McLaughlin (#26)


    2018

    149 - Dane Robbins


    2016

    125 - Drew Romero; 133 - Josh Martinez


    2015

    125 - Josh Martinez; 165 - Jesse Stafford


    2014

    125 - Josh Martinez (#4); 133 - Greg Rinker; 157 - Josh Kreimier; 184 - Devin Hightower


    2013

    125 - Josh Martinez (#10); 133 - Dylan Hyder; 149 - Cole Von Ohlen (#4); 157 - Josh Kreimier


    NCAA Champions

    None


    NCAA All-Americans

    None


    NCAA Round of 12 finishers

    Wyatt Hendrickson - 285 (2021)

    Cole Von Ohlen - 149 (2013)


    Conference Champions

    Big 12: Wyatt Hendrickson - 285 (2022)

    WWC/West Region: Greg Rinker - 133 (2014); Dylan Hyder - 133 (2013); Josh Kreimier - 157 (2013)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 4-9

    2021: 2-5

    2019-20: 4-8

    2018-19: 7-6

    2017-18: 8-5

    2016-17: 6-6

    2015-16: 8-6

    2014-15: 1-6

    2013-14: 11-6

    2012-13: 12-8


    Conference Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 10th (Big 12)

    2021: 11th

    2019-20: 12th

    2018-19: 11th

    2017-18: 12th

    2016-17: 10th

    2015-16: 9th

    2014-15: 5th (West Regional)

    2013-14: 3rd

    2012-13: 4th


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 36th-tie (5 points)

    2021: 41st (6 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 56th-tie (0.5 points)

    2017-18: 65th-tie (0 points)

    2016-17: Did Not Qualify

    2015-16: 62nd-tie (1.5 points)

    2014-15: 52nd (2 points)

    2013-14: 58th-tie (2 points)

    2012-13: 38th-tie (5.5 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Sam Barber (2014-Present)

    Joel Sharratt (2006-2014)


    Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-2022)

    125 - Josh Martinez: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#4 and #10 seed); 2013 West Region-runner-up

    133 - Jared Van Vleet: 2021 NCAA Qualifier (#21 seed); 2 wins at NCAA's

    141 - Lenny Peterson: 2020 Big 12 eighth-place

    149 - Cole Von Ohlen: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#3, #4, and #9 seed); 2x West Region Champion

    157 - Josh Kreimer: 3x NCAA Qualifier; 2012 NCAA Round of 12 finisher; 2013 West Region Champion

    165 - Jesse Stafford: 2015 NCAA Qualifier

    174 - Cody Surratt: 2021 NCAA Qualifier (#25 seed)

    184 - Devin Hightower: 2014 NCAA Qualifier; 2014 West Region runner-up

    197 - Anthony McLaughlin: 2019 NCAA Qualifier; (#26 seed)

    285 - Wyatt Hendrickson: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#5 and #17 seed); 2021 NCAA Round of 12 finisher; 2022 Big 12 Champion

    Recruiting

    Big Board'ers per year


    2022: #128 Evan Binder (MO); #196 Drake Buchanan (IN)

    2021: #123 Tucker Owens (OK); #170 Mason Ding (TX); #179 Jack Ganos (WI); #205 Gavin Gross (MO); #228 Aiden Warren (IN); #262 Andrew Wenzel (IL)

    2020: #62 John Martin Best (WV); #87 Giano Petrucelli (CA)

    2019: #60 Wyatt Hendrickson (KS)

    2016: #138 Trace Carello (IL)

    2013: #30 Brooks Climmons (GA); #122 Geo Martinez (CO)


    International Accolades (active team members and alums)

    2021: Wyatt Hendrickson - Junior World freestyle fifth-place

    2017: Alex Mossing - U23 World Greco-Roman 22nd place

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