OREM, Utah -- The Air Force Academy wrestling team won six of ten bouts on their way to a 22-14 Big 12 Conference dual win over Utah Valley, Thursday evening, Jan. 30, at Lockhart Arena. The Falcons move to 3-3 on the season and secure their first Big 12 dual win on the year.
AF had two bonus point wins over Utah Valley (1-9, 0-6 Big 12), a pin from No. 24 ranked Randy Meneweather at 165 lbs. and major decision from No. 14 Sidney Flores at 125 lbs. The other four wins were hard fought decision wins, with all four being decided by three points. UVU's four wins all came from nationally ranked wrestlers as well.
The dual started at 141 lbs. as junior Lenny Petersen got things started with an 11-8 barnburner. The match was tied 7-7 after one period, and Petersen got a late reversal to secure the win. Following that, freshman Dylan Martinez and sophomore Trey Brisker went back-to-back with a 9-6 and 6-3 decision win, respectively, to up the lead to 9-0. Then Meneweather secured his 13th fall of the season with just 13 seconds left in the third period to blow the dual score open, 15-0.
UVU got on the board at 174 lbs. as No. 9 ranked Kimball Bastian got a major decision. AF bounced back at 184 lbs. as sophomore Jake Thompson earned a tough 6-3 decision win to keep AF steadily ahead, 18-4 with four matches to go.
The Wolverines got two more wins at 197 and heavyweight to keep them in the dual at 18-11. Flores then put things away, as he locked up a 10-2 major decision, his fourth MD of the year. In the final match, UVU ended things with a win but AF kept the eight point dual win.
AF returns to the mat Sunday, Feb. 2, as they square off with Big 12 rival Fresno State. Action against the Bulldogs in California begins at 1 p.m. MT.
141: Lenny Petersen (AF) over Isaiah Delgado (UVU) (Dec 11-8)
149: Dylan Martinez (AF) over Cameron Hunsaker (UVU) (Dec 9-6)
157: Trey Brisker (AF) over Spencer Haywood (UVU) (Dec 6-3)
165: No. 24 Randy Meneweather (AF) over Koy Wilkinson (UVU) (Pin 6:47)
174: No. 9 Kimball Bastian (UVU) over Cody Surratt (AF) (MD 11-2)
184: Jake Thompson (AF) over Ashton Seely (UVU) (Dec 6-3)
197: No. 20 Tanner Orndorff (UVU) over Casey Jumps (AF) (MD 13-2)
HWT: No. 4 Tate Orndorff (UVU) over Kayne Hutchison (AF) (Dec 6-3)
125: No. 14 Sidney Flores (AF) over Josiah Nava (UVU) (MD 10-2)
133: No. 14 Taylor LaMont (UVU) over Jared Van Vleet (AF) (Dec 7-4)