Air Force Staff - Air Force picked up seven decision wins in the 21-10 victory over Cal Poly, Sunday, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Falcons, now with a 5-4 overall dual record, have three meets left on the regular season dual slate. The Air Force wrestlers took the mats at a high pace and with intensity, winning the first four matches of the dual and putting the Mustang's on their heels early. Junior 125-pounder registered four takedowns in his 11-5 decision in the opening bout against Cal Poly's Isaac Blackburn.
Dylan Hyder, who is now 4-3 in dual action, held Yoshito Funakoshi to no points in his 6-0 decision victory at 133, extending the Falcons to a 6-0 lead. Sophomore John Twomey continued the Falcons' roll with a 4-0 shutout over Colton Schilling, who was 12-6 prior to the dual. Senior team captain Jerry McGinty extended the Falcons lead, 12-0, after rallying for a third period takedown to edge by Joshy Cortez with a 3-1 decision for his 14th win on the season.
Cal Poly battled back, rattling off two consecutive victories in the 157 and 165 classes. Senior 157-pounder Colt Shorts of Cal Poly, who is ranked 19th in the country, posted a 10-0 major decision over Dane Robbins in the 157 class. Tyler Wiederholt, a freshman 165-pounder filling in for Alex Lopouchanski, dropped a 5-3 decision to Luke Wilson. With the team score at 12-7 in favor of the Falcons, junior Michael Billingsley took the mat against Travis Berridge determined to put a stop to the Mustang`s advance. With the score knotted at one in the third period, Billingsley made a reversal in the waning seconds of the bout, propelling him to a 3-1 lead where he rode Berridge out until the final whistle. The Mustangs would see their final victory of the afternoon with Mitch Woods' 5-4 decision over Zen Ikehara in the 184 class. Woods' win lifted Cal Poly to within five points of the Falcons' lead. Senior team captain Parker Hines took the mat against J.T. Goodwin in the 197 class with the chance to put the dual away. A late boost of energy by Hines led to a tiebreaking takedown to propel the Falcon to an 8-6 lead at the final whistle. Hines was awarded a riding time point, extending the final score to 9-6 and securing the dual for Air Force. Freshman heavyweight Kerry Powers led the Falcons to a high-note finish with a 2-1 decision over Spencer Empey by way of an escape and riding time point at the final whistle. The win propelled Air Force to a 21-10 final score of the Mustangs. Air Force returns to the mats at the All Academy Championships, Sunday, Jan. 22, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md. Action is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. ET. Eight service academy teams will be competing for individual titles and a team title at the event. Live scoring will be provided by FloArena and a live streaming for the tournament will be broadcast by PatriotLeague.TV.
AIR FORCE (5-4, 0-2 BIG 12) vs. CAL POLY (4-7, 0-2 PAC 12)
125: Drew Romero (AFA) def. Isaac Blackburn (CP) -11-5, AFA 3-0
133: Dylan Hyder (AFA) def. Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) -6-0, AFA 6-0
141: John Twomey (AFA) def. Colton Schilling (CP) -4-0, AFA 9-0
149: Jerry McGinty (AFA) def. Joshy Cortez (CP) -3-1, AFA 12-0
157: #19 Colt Shorts (CP) def. Dane Robbins (AFA) -MD (10-0), AFA 12-4
165: Luke Wilson (CP) def. Tyler Wiederholt (AFA) -5-3, AFA 12-7
174: Michael Billingsley (AFA) def. Travis Berridge (CP) -3-1, AFA 15-7
184: Mitch Woods (CP) def. Zen Ikehara (AFA) -5-4, AFA 15-10
197: Parker Hines (AFA) def. J.T. Goodwin (CP) -9-6, AFA 18-10
285: Kerry Powers (AFA) def. Spencer Empey (CP) -2-1, AFA 21-10
Air Force’s Jerry McGinty was the lone Falcon to tally points in the 31-3 loss to No. 21 Stanford, Friday night, in Palo Alto, Calif. Air Force, now 4-4 overall, looks to bounce back to a winning mark in Sunday’s dual against Cal Poly. The Falcons opened up at 125 with Drew Romero taking on No. 17 Gabriel Townsell of Stanford. Romero and Townsell battled through the first two periods, neck-and-neck, with no more than a two-point scoring margin. While tied at six, Romero returned Townsell to the mat with force leading to an injury timeout for Stanford. Following the break, Romero took the down position and logged a quick escape for a 7-6 lead with a minute left. With 30 seconds remaining, Townsell managed to take Romero down and subsequently to his back for four near fall points, securing a 12-7 victory over Romero. In the following match, Dylan Hyder met with No. 14 Connor Schram in the 133 class. Schram controlled the offense, scoring three takedowns met with Hyder’s escapes. Hyder scored a takedown late in the third period to narrow Schram’s lead, 7-6. In an attempt to score the tying take down, Hyder cut the Cardinal wrestler loose, but was unable to score before the final whistle. Schram tacked on an additional riding time point to seal the deal, 8-6.
Following a fall by Stanford’s Brandon Kier in the 141 class over Lyle Plummer, senior team captain McGinty took the mat determined to change the pace of battle. McGinty controlled the action, scoring two takedowns for four points in the first period. McGinty held off Palewski’s attack and added two escape points to the scorecard. At the final whistle, McGinty outscored Palewski, 6-2, for the Falcons’ only points of the dual. Stanford rallied back with Paul Fox’s 16-5 major decision over Dane Robbins in the 157 class. The bonus point victory extended Stanford’s team score to 16-3. In the following match, Alex Lopouchanski met with No. 19 Keaton Subjeck. Lopouchanski struck first with a takedown in the first period met with Subjeck’s escape. The Cardinal wrestler registered an escape and his first takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. In the final period, Lopouchanski earned a quick escape and went on the offensive for the winning takedown. Subjeck was able to fend of the attack and hold on for a 4-3 decision win, extending the team score 19-3.
The Cardinal reached the final team score of 31-3 with four consecutive decision wins in the final four weight classes. Michael Billingsley dropped a 10-5 decision to Peter Galli in the 174 class. Zen Ikehara battled hard but came up short in a 2-1 decision loss to Zach Nevills at 184. Parker Hines also battled to a close loss, dropping a 6-5 decision to Josh Marchock at 197. In the final bout of the night, Kerry Powers dropped a 3-1 decision to #13 Nathan Butler, holding the nationally ranked wrestler to a single takedown and negligible riding time.
Air Force continues dual action in California against Cal Poly, Sunday, Jan. 22, in San Luis Obispo. The dual is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. PT. Live updates will be provided on Trackwrestling.com. Fans can access the live updates by going to goairforcefalcons.com and clicking the live tracking link in the schedule drop down.
AIR FORCE (4-4, 0-2 BIG 12) VS. #21 STANFORD (6-2, 2-0 PAC 12)
125: #17 Gabriel Townsell (STAN) def. Drew Romero (AFA) –12-7, STAN 3-0
133: #14 Connor Schram (STAN) def. Dylan Hyder (AFA) –8-6, STAN 6-0
141: Brandon Kier (STAN) def. Lyle Plummer (AFA) –F (0:54), STAN 12-0
149: Jerry McGinty (AFA) def. Tommy Palewski (STAN) –6-2, STAN 12-3
157: Paul Fox (STAN) def. Dane Robbins (AFA) –MD (16-5), STAN 16-3
165: #19 Keaton Subjeck (STAN) def. Alex Lopouchanski (AFA) –4-3, STAN 19-3
174: Peter Galli (STAN) def. Michael Billingsley (AFA)–10-5, STAN, 22-3
184: Zach Nevills (STAN) def. Zen Ikehara (AFA) –2-1, STAN 25-3
197: Josh Marchock (STAN) def. Parker Hines (AFA) –6-5, STAN 28-3
285: #13 Nathan Butler (STAN) def. Kerry Powers (AFA) –3-1, STAN 31-3