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Hofstra defeats Air Force in home opener

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Junior Garrett Lambert and sophomore Zachary Knighton-Ward recorded Pride wins by fall to lead Hofstra to a 24-12 victory over the Falcons of Air Force in the Pride's dual match home opener at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex Thursday night.

Air Force (0-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead on wins by Tyler Wiederholt at 174 and Jacob Thompson at 184. Pride sophomore Trey Rogers put Hofstra on the board with a 3-0 win over Casey Jumps at 197 before Knighton-Ward posted a dramatic pin of 22nd-ranked Kayne Hutchison with just three seconds remaining in their 285-pound match for a 9-3 lead. Air Force sophomore Sidney Flores tied the match at 9-9 with a 6-0 victory over Matt Templeton at 125.

Lambert (2-2) gave Hofstra the lead for good with a pin of sophomore Jared Van Vleet at the 4:01 mark of their 133-pound match. Air Force senior Garrett O'Shea brought the Falcons to within three at 15-12 with a 9-5 win over Hofstra's Vinny Vespa at 141.

But that would be the last win for the Falcons on the night as Pride freshman Reece Heller edged fellow rookie Dylan Martinez, 7-6 at 149, older brother sophomore Holden Heller clouted Trey Brisker, 7-1 at 157, and junior Ricky Stamm closed out the match with a 3-1 sudden victory decision on a takedown over 29th-ranked Randy Meneweather.

Hofstra (1-0) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, December 6-7 when the Pride compete in the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational.

Results:
174: Tyler Wiederholt (AIFO) over Sage Heller (HOFS) (Dec 7-6)
184: Jacob Thompson (AIFO) over Charles Small (HOFS) (Dec 6-3)
197: Trey Rogers (HOFS) over Casey Jumps (AIFO) (Dec 3-0)
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HOFS) over Kayne Hutchison (AIFO) (Fall 6:57)
125: Sidney Flores (AIFO) over Matt Templeton (HOFS) (Dec 6-0)
133: Garrett Lambert (HOFS) over Jared Van Vleet (AIFO) (Fall 4:01)
141: Garrett O`Shea (AIFO) over Vinny Vespa (HOFS) (Dec 9-5)
149: Reece Heller (HOFS) over Dylan Martinez (AIFO) (Dec 7-6)
157: Holden Heller (HOFS) over Trey Brisker (AIFO) (Dec 7-1)
165: Ricky Stamm (HOFS) over Randy Meneweather II (AIFO) (SV-1 3-1)

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