McElhany
AF

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- In its first dual meet of the 2011-12 season, Air Force (Division I) picked up a 19-18 victory against Coe Friday evening at Eby Fieldhouse. The Falcons won six of 10 bouts on the evening against the Kohawks, who are currently ranked fifth in Division III.

Jimmy Gotto, one of seven nationally ranked wrestlers for Coe, got out to a strong start, earning a technical fall at 125 pounds to give the Kohawks a 5-0 lead. Air Force responded by winning the next four matches, beginning with a 7-3 decision by freshman Dylan Hyder at 133 pounds.

Carter McElhany added a 7-1 decision against 10th-ranked Chris LeClere at 141 pounds to give Air Force its first lead of the dual, while Cole VonOhlen, ranked fifth in the nation at 149 pounds, posted an 8-5 decision over James Locke, ranked fourth in DIII.

Sophomore Josh Kreimier closed out the first half of the dual by edging out ninth-ranked Dale Handley in a 4-3 decision, as Air Force took a 12-5 lead. However, Coe got back on the scoreboard with a major decision from top-ranked Nick LeClere at 165 pounds, while a fall by sixth-ranked Scott King in the 174-pound bout gave the Kohawks a 15-12 advantage in the team scoring.

The Falcons were able to tie the score with a 9-3 decision by sophomore Greg Isley at 184 pounds. Meanwhile, junior Josh Mohr put Air Force back on top with a 13-5 major decision in the 197-pound bout.

In the final match of the evening, the Falcons' Brook Gosch wrestled up a weight class to face fifth-ranked Alex Burkle. While Burkle was able to take the 6-3 decision, it was not enough for Coe to overtake Air Force in the team scoring, as the Falcons held on for the one-point win.