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Jan 17, 2014 7:00 AM by Jordan Mason

Falcons Face No. 20 Oregon State, Southern Oregon in Non-Conference Action

The Air Force wrestling team heads to Corvallis, Ore., this Saturday, Jan. 18, for a pair of non-conference duals. First, the Falcons will face 20th-ranked Oregon State at 3:00 p.m. (PT), in a match televised on the Pac-12 Network. Air Force will close out the day with a neutral-site dual versus Southern Oregon at 5:00 p.m.

 

Last Time Out...

The Falcons went undefeated as a team at the 24th-annual Tracy Borah Duals, hosted by Western State Colorado, on Jan. 11. Air Force went 4-0 on the day, posting a 26-9 victory over the host Mountaineers, while also defeating Embry-Riddle (37-12), Colorado Mesa (36-9) and Simon Fraser (51-0).

 

Just four Falcons wrestled in all four duals, with David Walker (141), Natrelle Demison (149) and Jesse Stafford (165) all posting perfect records, while Scott Reilly (174/184) went 3-1 on the day. Meanwhile, Josh Martinez (125), Greg Rinker (133) and Josh Kreimier (157) all registered 3-0 marks.

 

Scouting the Falcons...

Air Force enters this weekend's duals with a 7-2 record on the season. Leading the way for the Falcons is sophomore Josh Martinez, currently ranked sixth in the nation at 125 pounds with a 22-2 overall record and 5-0 dual mark.

 

Scouting the Beavers...

Oregon State, currently ranked 20th in the latest USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches' Poll, enters this weekend's dual with a 6-3 overall record. The Beavers are coming off a pair of wins over Stanford (21-14) and CSU Bakersfield (25-10).

 

Four different wrestlers are in the national rankings for Oregon State, led by 149-pounder Scott Sakaguchi, ranked 11th by InterMat. R.J. Pena is currently ranked 13th at 157 pounds, Taylor Meeks is rated 14th at 197 pounds and heavyweight Amarveer Dhesi is ranked 16th.

 

Scouting the Raiders...

Southern Oregon, ranked sixth in the latest NAIA coaches' poll, currently holds a 4-2 dual mark on the season and will host Embry-Riddle on Thursday evening. The Eagles have seven wrestlers who are listed in the individual rankings, led by Brock Gutches (174) and Charles Johnson (197), who are each ranked first in their respective weight classes.

 

In the National Rankings...

The Falcons have a pair of wrestlers who are currently ranked by various wrestling publications. Sophomore Josh Martinez is currently ranked sixth at 125 pounds by InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine, WrestlingReport.com and DI College Wrestling. Meanwhile, senior Josh Kreimier is rated 19th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine and 33rd by WrestlingReport.com.

 

WWC WRestler of the Week...

Junior Jesse Stafford became the latest Falcon to earn Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week honors, earning the distinction on Jan. 14, following his performance at the Borah Duals. Stafford helped lead Air Force to a 4-0 team record at the 24th-annual event, hosted by Western State Colorado. One of just four Falcons to wrestle in all four duals, Stafford posted a perfect 4-0 mark at 165 pounds, recording a pair of falls, a technical fall and a major decision.

 

In Air Force's 26-9 win over the host Mountaineers, Stafford scored a 16-0 technical fall over Jorge Benitez. He then followed with a pair of first-period falls over Embry-Riddle's Taylor Damico (1:47) and Colorado Mesa's Jessie Hoffschneider (2:06), while also scoring a 16-2 major decision against Brock Lamb in Air Force's 51-0 rout of Simon Fraser.

 

Up Next...

The Falcons open their Western Wrestling Conference slate next weekend, Jan. 24 and 26, when they visit North Dakota State and South Dakota State, respectively.

 

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