Air Force Wrestling Concludes 23rd-Annual All Academy Championships with 10 placers01 Feb 2017
Air Force staff writer -Annapolis, MD – Dylan Hyder led the Falcons with a championship title in the 133 class at the 23rd-Annual All Academy Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, Sunday evening, in Annapolis, Md. All 10 Falcons placed in the top-three of their respective weight classes en route to a third place team finish.
Air Force took the mats with determination in the quarter-finals round, winning all 10 opening bouts with six bonus point finishes. Drew Romero, Jerry McGinty, Zen Ikehara and Kerry Powers logged a fall apiece in the opening round. Anthony McLaughlin registered his first technical fall of the season, while Tyler Wiederholt logged his first major decision.
The Falcons were met with more resistance in the semifinals round, winning only four of 10 bouts. Hyder picked up his first fall of the day over the Citadel's Andy Szalwinski to be the first Falcon to advance to the championship finals. Senior team captain McGinty followed suit with a 9-5 decision in the 149 class over Army’s Matt Kelly. McLaughlin posted a 7-6 decision over the Citadel’s Sawyer Root, while Powers registered a 7-0 decision over the Citadel’s Joe Bexley.
In Air Force’s only nationally ranked bouts of the day, John Twomey fell to No. 18 Jared Prince of Navy, while Alex Mossing dropped a 9-4 decision to No. 16 Russ Parsons of Army.
In the following consolation semi-finals round, the Falcons found their rhythm. Four of six Falcons earned bonus point victories over their opponents, while all six advanced to the third-place bout.