Bronco Weekly: Wrestling - Jan. 30, 2014
The Broncos are 118-63-1 in dual competition under Randall, and 11 wrestlers have earned 15 All-America honors. Additionally, Boise State wrestlers have claimed 32 Pac-12 Championships under Randall’s guidance.
Boise State finished a school-record ninth at the 2011 NCAA Championships, qualifying a wrestler at every weight class – also a school record. Randall’s Broncos also finished 11th in 2010, 12th in 2003 and 2009, 19th in 2013, 24th in 2006 and 2008 and 25th in 2014.
In 2008, Randall earned his first Pac-12 Coach of the Year accolade, coming after the Broncos’ dominating performance at the league championships. Boise State scored the third-highest score in Pac-12 Tournament history, registering 152.5 points, and qualified nine wrestlers to the national tournament.
A year later, Randall would repeat as Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the conference championship and crowing six individual champions.
Boise State won Pac-12 Championships in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, finished runner-up in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and finished third in 2006 and 2014.
In 2006 Randall guided his first NCAA individual champion as a head coach with Ben Cherrington capturing the national title in the 157-pound weight class. Cherrington was the second wrestler Randall has helped to a first-place finish at the NCAA tournament. In 1999, as an assistant coach for the Broncos, Randall helped guide Kirk White to the 165-pound national title.
Prior to taking over as just the third head coach in 41 years in 2002-03, Randall also served as an assistant coach from 1992-93 through 2001-02. He was named head coach April 5, 2002, following the retirement of longtime head coach Mike Young.
Randall was widely regarded as one of the top assistants in the country, helping to lead the Broncos to two Pac-12 Championships and several top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
His success as an assistant carried over in his first year at the helm of the Bronco program (2002-03) when he was named "Rookie Coach of the Year" by Amateur Wrestling News.
Since Randall joined the Bronco wrestling program 22 years ago, 17 individuals have earned a total of 26 NCAA All-America awards. Kirk White came away with three during his career – in 1999 en route to the national title, and in 2000 and 2001. Along with the three won by White, six others have earned multiple All-America honors: Larry Quisel (third in 1999 and second in 2000 at 157 pounds), Cash Edwards (seventh in 2000 and sixth in 2001 at 184 pounds), Ben VomBaur (fourth in 2002 and sixth in 2003 at 125 pounds), Smith (eighth in 2008 and second in 2010 at 184 pounds), Andrew Hochstrasser (fourth in 2009 and second in 2011 at 133 pounds) and Hall (third in 2010 and fifth in 2011 at 157 pounds).
Others to earn All-America status under Randall include: Nels Nelson (seventh in 1992 at 150 pounds), Charles Burton (third in 1996 at 167 pounds), Rusty Cook (fourth in 2001 at 197 pounds), Collin Robertson (sixth in 2003 at 149 pounds), Boe Rushton (third in 2003 at heavyweight), Cherrington (first in 2005 at 157 pounds), Tyler Sherfey (eighth in 2009 at 165 pounds), Brent Chriswell (sixth in 2009 at 197 pounds), Jason Chamberlain (third in 2011 at 149 pounds) and Jake Swartz (seventh in 2014 at 184 pounds).
Burton went on to become Boise State's first member of a United States Olympic Team. The native of Meridian, Idaho, represented the United States at the 2000 Sydney Games, competing in the freestyle division where he placed fifth in the 87-kilogram (187.25-pound) weight class.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Iowa, Randall was a three-time NCAA All-American for legendary coach Dan Gable. In 2003 Randall served as an assistant to Gable for the U.S. World Cup wrestling team.
Randall wrestled in the 134-pound weight class at Iowa, helping the Hawkeyes to four NCAA national championships. He finished runner-up for the national championship in 1984 and 1986. As a junior in 1985 he placed fifth at the national tournament.
Randall was a Big 10 Conference champion in 1985 and received the award for the "Most Falls in the Least of Amount of Time." In 1985, 1986 and 1987 he was selected as a participant for the East-West All-Star Wrestling Classic. Following his 1987 season Randall received Iowa's McGivern Award, which is presented each year to the team's most courageous wrestler.
Competing at the international level in 1989, Randall captured the gold medal for his weight class at the Pan American Games. He has also been a runner-up at the U.S. Open Nationals and placed second at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival.
A four-time state high school champion in Iowa during his prep career, Randall was inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame, located at the Wrestling Institute in Newton, Iowa, in March of 2002, and in the state of Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 1995. He is also a two-time junior national champion.
Prior to joining the Bronco coaching staff, Randall was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Randall, and his wife Chris, have three children - Rylee, Shea and Brittlyn.
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