Northern Colorado wrestling showed what its capable of at full strength as they defeated Air Force 25-12, Sunday afternoon. UNC won seven matches, scoring bonus points in four.
The Bears won the first five matches of dual, building a 17-0 lead over the Falcons.
Jace Koelzer started the team off strong with a 4-1 decision over Graham Shore at 125 lbs. Koelzer scored a first period takedowns, an escape in the second and added riding time to get the win.
Mosha Schwartz was next up for the Bears at 133 lbs against Jared Van Vleet. Schwartz had three takedowns, two escapes and the riding time bonus to get a 9-6 decision.
At 133 lbs, Chris Sandoval faced off against No. 33 Lenny Petersen. After trailing 2-1 in the first period, Sandoval rallied with takedowns in the second and third periods to get the 6-5 decision and knock off the ranked Falcon wrestler.
Andrew Alirez took care of business at 149 lbs against Dylan Martinez, winning a 15-4 major decision. Alirez racked up five takedowns, a four-point nearfall and riding time as the true freshman continued his stellar season.
Now in the 157 lbs match, Jimmy Fate dominated Trey Brisker in a 14-1 major decision. Fate jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Brisker in the first with a takedown and nearly had the fall, but settled for a four-point, nearfall. Fate added two more takedowns, a two-point nearfall, one escape and riding time for the victory.
Air Force pushed back into the dual with wins at 165 lbs and 174 lbs. Randy Maneweather got the fall on Austin Matthews at 10 seconds for the Falcons first win. Billy Higgins battled Cody Surratt, with Surratt getting the late takedown to edge out Higgins for the 4-2 decision. Air Force cut the UNC lead to 17-9.
Alan Clothier would halt any swing of momentum at 184 lbs. with an 11-0 major decision over Jacob Thompson. Clothier scored a pair of takedowns, adding a four-point, nearfall, a reversal and riding time to overpower Thompson.
Jacob Seely returned to the mat and dominated Casey Jumps in the 197 lbs bout. Seely won a 10-0 major decision over Jumps, recording three takedowns, a two-point nearfall and riding time, along with a penalty point. The wins secured the dual for UNC as they held a 25-9 lead over Air Force.
Robert Winters Jr. battled Matt Wagner in the final match at 285 lbs. Winters Jr. rallied with two, third-period takedowns but came up short in a 5-4 decision loss.
Northern Colorado defeated Air Force for the first time since February 2015, when they edged the Falcons 28-27 in head coach, Troy Nickerson's first season at the helm.
125 - No. 33 Jace Koelzer def. Graham Shore, Dec. 4-1
133 - No. 19 Mosha Schwartz def. Jared Van Vleet, Dec. 9-6
141 - Chris Sandoval def. No. 33 Lenny Patersen, Dec. 6-5
149 - No. 15 Andrew Alirez def. Dylan Martinez, MD 15-4
157 - Jimmy Fate def. Trey Brisker, MD 14-1
165 - No. 24 Randy Maneweather def. Austin Matthews, Fall(:10)
174 - Cody Surratt def. Billy Higgins, Dec. 4-2
184 - No. 27 Alan Clothier def. Jacob Thompson, MD 11-0
197 - No. 21 Jacob Seely def. Casey Jumps, MD 10-0
285 - Matt Wagner def. Robert Winters Jr.
Northern Colorado will be off until the team travels to Tulsa for the Big 12 Championships, March 7 through 8.