SAN LUIS OPISBO, Calif. -- The Air Force Academy wrestling team used six wins via bonus points to cruise to a 39-9 non-conference dual win at Cal Poly, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, at the Mott Athletics Center. Overall, the Falcons (5-5, 1-4 Big 12) won eight bouts, six by bonus points, a seventh by decision, and an eighth via forfeit.
The Falcons were led by three pins on the afternoon, from junior Randy Meneweather at 174 lbs. and by freshmen Jake Thompson at 184 lbs. and Kayne Hutchison at heavyweight. The other three bonus point victories were via major decision, and all three were shutouts.
Cal Poly's (0-7, 0-2 Pac 12) only two wins came via decision, and both were by final scores of 3-2.
The dual began at 184 lbs. as Thompson got things started with a bang, pinning his opponent in the first period in 2:53. It was Thompson's first career dual win, and his fourth win via fall this season. Cal Poly took 197 as their No. 24 ranked grappler got a 3-2 decision that was decided on a stall call.
Air Force rebounded in a big way at heavyweight as Hutchison locked up his team-leading sixth pin of the season in the second period. Hutchison moves to 5-3 in duals in his first season in the Blue and Silver.
Going back to the top, freshman No. 30 Sidney Flores was perfect in an 8-0 major decision, extending AF's lead to 16-3 after four bouts. Following that, senior John Twomey racked up the riding time in a solid 8-5 decision win to make it 19-3 midway through.
Junior Garrett O'Shea followed Flores' lead, as he cruised to a 9-0 major decision win, just his second bonus point victory of the season. At 149 lbs., Alec Opsal took the forfeit to put the dual out of reach, 29-3.
The Mustangs got their second win at 157, by 3-2 decision once again. Rebounding at 165 lbs. was sophomore Jacoby Ward, as the Cincinnati, Ohio native kept his opponent off the board with an 8-0 major decision.
In the final bout of the afternoon, Meneweather put the cherry on top as he pinned his opponent in just 36 seconds. It was the second-fastest pin in a dual for the Falcons this season, and the fourth-quickest overall.
Air Force will return to the friendly confines of Clune Arena next weekend for a pair of Big 12 duals. The weekend gets started with a matchup with Oklahoma, Friday, Feb. 15, for Teacher Appreciation Night. Start time against the Sooners is set for 7 p.m.
184: Jake Thompson (Air Force) over Willem DeBoer (Cal Poly) (Pin 2:53)
197: No. 24 Tom Lane (Cal Poly) over No. 30 Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force) (Dec 3-2)
HWT: Kayne Hutchison (Air Force) over Sam Aguilar (Cal Poly) (Pin 3:39)
125: No. 30 Sidney Flores (Air Force) over Benny Martinez (Cal Poly) (MD 8-0)
133: John Twomey (Air Force) over Yoshi Funakoshi (Cal Poly) (Dec 8-5)
141: Garrett O'Shea (Air Force) over Wyatt Cornelison (Cal Poly) (MD 9-0)
149: Alec Opsal (Air Force) over Unknown (Forf.)
157: Brawley Lamer (Cal Poly) over Trey Brisker (Air Force) (Dec 3-2)
165: Jacoby Ward (Air Force) over Joe La Rosa (Cal Poly) (MD 8-0)
174: Randy Meneweather (Air Force) over Nathan Tausch (Cal Poly) (Pin 0:36)