But watching the match was not easy for Disney as it was not until the eighth matchup that junior Sean Dougherty was able to take down Air Force junior Devin Hightower.
Dougherty extended his record to 17-8 with a 9-3 decision over the Falconsâ€™ 184-pound Hightower.
But even with Doughertyâ€™s individual success in erasing the dreaded â€ś0â€ť from the scoreboard, head coach Brendan Buckley knows his team is capable of more.
â€śI donâ€™t think we wrestled well,â€ť Buckley said. â€śOn paper, theyâ€™re ranked 25th. Theyâ€™re a good team; itâ€™s not like we lost to a poor team. But you can kind of tell they beat us today because they won all of the tight scenarios.â€ť
Junior Britain Longmire was the first Mustangs wrestler to fall to Air Force as No. 10 Josh Martinez earned four points in a major decision.
Cal Poly true freshman Devon LotitoÂ battled sophomore Dylan Hyder, but lost 4-3 to increase Air Forceâ€™s lead to 7.
â€śThere would be a couple of times when they were in on our guysâ€™ legs,â€ť Buckley said. â€śWe were just about to score, and then weâ€™d get taken down.â€ť
Cal Poly 133-pound freshmanÂ LotitoÂ got out to a 2-1 lead over Dylan Hyder before surrendering an escape and takedown in the last period of the duel.
The 4-3 loss decreased his record to 22-7 on the year. Mustangs freshman Dillen Rocha gave hope to his team when he jumped to an 8-1 lead against senior Logan Burch. Burch, however, was able to turn Rocha on his back in the second period and scored a fall to secure his victory for the Falcons.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t show up today,â€ť Dinsey said. â€śWe looked a little lackadaisical, kind of timid. Weâ€™ve got a young team, and being the only senior, thatâ€™s one of the things that sucks. We need someone to be in there and be consistent, and thatâ€™s how I felt I fit in on this team. The hardest part is just seeing them without a leader.â€ť
And as of now, the wrestling team continues to lack a heavyweight for competition.
Freshman Evan McKirdy is aware of the teamâ€™s shortcomings, and itâ€™s clear what needs to be done in the Mustangsâ€™ next matchup.
â€śWe didnâ€™t capitalize in a lot of situations, and we didnâ€™t have a lot of takedowns,â€ť McKirdy said. â€śWe didnâ€™t wrestle the full seven minutes, and I think thatâ€™s what set us back.â€ť
Cal Poly will travel next Sunday for a Pac-12 dual meet at Stanford at 2 p.m.
â€śWeâ€™re just going to try and keep it simple and focus on the fundamentals,â€ť Buckley said. â€śWeâ€™ve just got to finish our leg attacks. Fundamentals win on the highest levels. Weâ€™ve got to get tougher, to believe in ourselves, and wrestle for seven minutes.â€ť
And if Atticus Disney makes the trip up north, heâ€™ll once again be on the sidelines cheering for his team, hoping for a different outcome.