Monday, January 24, 2011

Bronco Wrestlers Down #24 Cal Poly 29-6 in Pac-10

It was home sweet home for the #3 Boise State wrestling team as the Broncos disposed of #24 Cal Poly 29-6 yesterday at Taco Bell Arena.

Coach Greg Randall’s team won eight matches, three of them by major decision and one by a technical fall.  This is the kind of depth the team will need if it hopes to finish in the top five at the NCAA National Championships. 

#11 Jake Swartz got Boise State on the board with a 6-3 win over Steven Vasquez at 174 pounds.  Kirk Smith, who has been largely been kept out of the lineup with a nagging injury, defeated the Mustangs’ Kelan Bragg in a 14-3 major.  Matt Casperson downed Rayn Smith 10-5 at 197 pounds and the Broncos were off and rolling.

Freshman J.T. Felix earned a win at heavyweight over Atticus Disney 7-3.  #16 Alan Bartelli gave the Broncos their fifth straight individual win with a 2-0 win over Brandan Rocha at 125 pounds and #2 Andrew Hochstrasser defeated #14 Filip Novachkov at 133 pounds to complete a 20-0 run for Boise State.

#18 Levi Jones proved his potential in a near-upset of #4 Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly.  The two nationally-ranked wrestlers battled to a 2-2 tie late in the match.  Novachkov scored a take down with 20 seconds left in the match to earn the hard-fought victory.  That made the score 20-6, but #3 Jason Chamberlain recorded a technical fall 22-7 over Stephen Thalin at 149 pounds and #2 Adam Hall scored a 14-6 major over Barrett Abel at 157.

The Broncos, now 6-2-1 on the season, continue the Pac-10 season by hosting Stanford this Friday.

#9 Boise State 29, #24 Cal Poly 6
165 - #17 Ryan DesRoches (CP) dec. Kurt Swartz (BSU) 6-0
174 - #11 Jake Swartz (BSU) dec. Steven Vasquez (CP) 6-2

184 - #1 Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Kelan Bragg (CP) 14-3

197 – Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Ryan Smith (CP) 10-5
HWT – J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Atticus Disney (CP) 7-3
125 - #16 Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Brandan Rocha (CP) 2-0

133 - #2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) major dec. #14 Filip Novachkov (CP) 16-2

141 - #4 Boris Novachkov (CP) dec. #18 Levi Jones (BSU) 4-2

149 - #3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) tech fall Stephen Thalin (CP) 22-7 ()

157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. Barrett Abel (CP) 14-6