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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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