Falcon Wrestling Places Three at Big 12 Tournament
Air Force Staff - TULSA, Okla. – Air Force concluded the Big 12 Championships with three place winners, led by sophomore Alex Mossing’s fourth-place finish at 157. Seniors Jerry McGinty and Dylan Hyder finished fifth and sixth, respectively. The finish marks Air Force’s most podium finishes and highest finish since joining the conference last year. Oklahoma State won the 2017 team title while Air Force finished 10th.
Mossing led the charge in the consolation semi-finals with a 10-8 decision win over Colston Diblasi of Iowa State. The win propelled Mossing to the third-place bout. Hyder fell to Cam Sykora of North Dakota State, 16-6, while McGinty fell to Cole Mendenhall of Wyoming, 11-0. Hyder and McGinty entered fifth-place bouts following the losses.
In the Falcons’ first fifth-place bout, Hyder met with returning All-American in No. 10 Earl Hall of Iowa State. Hall scored most of his points in the first two periods, taking a six-point lead early on. Hyder rallied for a comeback, scoring four takedown points and nearly turning Hall to his back for tying near fall points. Hyder was unable to tilt the All-American Cyclone, finalizing his tournament run at sixth.
McGinty met with Grant LaMont of Utah Valley in the fifth-place bout at 149. McGinty scored takedown points in each period, holding LaMont to three with an escape and reversal scored in the first period. The win secured McGinty’s fifth-place finish and allotted him the opportunity to take on No. 16 Alex Kocer of SDSU in a true-fourth bout for an NCAA tournament bid. McGinty was downed by Kocer, 12-1, in the true-fourth bout.
In the third-place bout, Mossing met with No. 12 Clark Glass of Oklahoma. Glass, known for being sticky on top, rode Mossing for over three minutes on the bout. Mossing was unable to get his offense going and lost the bout, 8-0. Mossing’s fourth-place finish marks the highest Big 12 tournament-finish in program history.
Alex Mossing, 4th Place at 157
Three Falcons battled to secure spots in the consolation semi-finals of the Big 12 Championship tournament, Saturday evening, in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, BOK Center. Senior team captain Jerry McGinty, senior-133 Dylan Hyder and sophomore-157 Alex Mossing secured podium finishes and will now compete for NCAA bids in the third session of the Big 12 tournament. The Oklahoma State Cowboys sent all 10 wrestlers to the finals during the first day of action. This marks the first time in conference history any school has advanced all of their athletes to the final round of action. Oklahoma, North Dakota State and West Virginia both advanced two wrestlers, while Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming all placed one. In the opening round of sixteen, seven Falcons took to the mats to battle through the championship bracket. Hyder opened with a 10-1 major decision over Ronnie Stevens of Wyoming, while Michael Billingsley posted an 8-0 major decision over Ty Millward of West Virginia. Freshman heavyweight Kerry Powers registered a 1-0 decision over Northern Colorado’s Jack Kuck. Drew Romero, John Twomey, Ricky Padilla and Zen Ikehara dropped their opening bouts and proceeded to the consolation round of eight. In the championship quarter-finals, Air Force sustained six losses, sending the entire squad to the consolation bracket. Four of the six matches were against top-15 nationally ranked opponents. Hyder fell to No. 3 Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State. Oklahoma’s Davion Jefferies, the thirteenth-ranked wrestler at 149, rallied to a come-from-behind win over McGinty in the final five seconds of the bout. Billingsley dropped a 19-7 major decision to No. 9 Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State. Austin Shafer, the sixth-ranked heavyweight, posted a fall over Powers. In the consolation of eight, Hyder, Billingsley, Ikehara and Powers won their bouts to proceed to the next round, while Romero, Twomey and Padilla dropped their matches and were eliminated from the tournament. Powers led the charge in the consolation of eight with a 16-0 technical fall over Brandon Ngati of West Virginia. In the consolation round of four, Billingsley, Ikehara, Anthony McLaughlin and Powers were eliminated from the tournament. Hyder posted an 8-6 decision over Cory Stainbrook of West Virginia, while McGinty edged by Christian Monserrat, also of West Virginia, 7-6. Mossing defeated Utah Valley’s Raider Lofthouse, 4-3. Hyder, McGinty and Mossing secured top-six finishes with their wins; one more than last season’s outcome. If Hyder and McGinty win their first match of session three they will be positioned to qualify for the NCAA tournament; however, there will be a possibility for a true-fourth match if they have not already beat the winner of the fifth-place match. OSU sits atop of the team standings with a total 155.5 points. Oklahoma and South Dakota State sit in second and third with 64.5 points and 63 points, respectively. North Dakota State tallied 58.5, while Iowa State recorded 40 and West Virginia posted 37.5 points. Wyoming sits in seventh and Northern Colorado comes in eighth. Utah Valley and Air Force round out the field. The Falcon trio returns to action in the third session of the tournament, Sunday, March 5, at 8:00 a.m. CT. Session three will be broadcast by FloWrestling. The finals will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.Match Results Round of 16125: Mitch Brown (UVU) def. Drew Romero (AFA) –5-3133: Dylan Hyder (AFA) def. Ronnie Stevens (WYO) –MD (10-1)141: Taylor Nein (NDSU) def. John Twomey (AFA) –2-1165: Logan Breitenbach (ISU) def. Ricky Padilla (AFA) –MD (20-4)174: Michael Billingsley (AFA) def. Ty Millward (WVU) –MD (8-0)184: Andrew Dixon (OU) def. Zen Ikehara (AFA) –3-1 SV1285: Kerry Powers (AFA) def. Jack Kuck (UNC) –1-0 Quarter-Finals133: #3 Kaid Brock (OSU) def. Dylan Hyder (AFA) –F (2:13)149: #13 Davion Jeffries (OU) def. Jerry McGinty (AFA) –7-6157: Archie Colgan (WYO) def. Alex Mossing (AFA) –7-2 TB2174: #9 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) def. Michael Billingsley (AFA) –MD (19-7)197: Brad Johnson (OU) def. Anthony McLaughlin (AFA) –4-0285: #6 Austin Schafer (OSU) def. Kerry Powers (AFA) –F (1:38) Consolation of 8 #2125: Ben Gillette (SDSU) def. Drew Romero (AFA) –F (5:54)133: Dylan Hyder (AFA) def. Jarod Maynes (UVU) –10-4141: Joe Wheeling (WVU) def. John Twomey (AFA) –MD 11-3165: Keilan Torres (UNC) def. Ricky Padilla (AFA) –8-3174: Michael Billingsley (AFA) def. Dalton Robertson (UNC) –10-5184: Zen Ikehara (AFA) def. Lucas Lovvorn (WYO) –3-1285: Kerry Powers (AFA) def. Brandon Ngati (WVU) –TF (18-0) Consolation of 4133: Dylan Hyder (AFA) def. Cory Stainbrook (WVU) –8-6 SV1149: Jerry McGinty (AFA) def. Christian Monserrat (WVU) –7-6 157: Alex Mossing (AFA) def. Raider Lofthouse (UVU) –4-3174: Kyle Pope (WYO) Michael Billingsley (AFA) –10-3184: Parker VonEdigy (WVU) def. Zen Ikehara (AFA) –5-2197: Marcus Harrington (ISU) def. Anthony McLaughlin (AFA) –5-4285: Quean Smith (ISU) def. Kerry Powers (AFA) –5-1
Three Falcons remain eligible for at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. The NCAA wrestling at-large selections will be made March 8, at 6:00 p.m. ET. The NCAA tournament will be held in St. Louis, Mo., March 16-18.
133: Cam Sykora (NDSU) def. Dylan Hyder (AFA) –MD (16-6)
149: Cole Mendenhall (WYO) def. Jerry McGinty (AFA) –MD (11-0)
157: Alex Mossing (AFA) def. Colston Diblasi (ISU) –10-8
133: #10 Earl Hall (ISU) def. Dylan Hyder (AFA) –8-5
149: Jerry McGinty (AFA) def. Grant LaMont (UVU) – 7-3
157: #12 Clark Glass (OU) def. Alex Mossing (AFA) –MD (8-0)
149: #16 Alex Kocer (SDSU) def. Jerry McGinty (AFA) –MD (12-1)