Broncos Well Represented at Cowboy Open

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Redshirt junior Jake Swartz let the Boise State wrestling team at the Cowboy Open with a first-place finish at 184 pounds, Saturday. Swartz was one of four Broncos to finish in the top three of their weight class.

Swartz cruised to four-straight wins to take the crown, starting with a pin and a 10-2 major decision in his first and second bouts, respectively. In the semifinals, the Auburn, Wash., native defeated Brett Sanchez in a 5-0 decision to face Nick Bayer in the finals. Swartz defeated Bayer 7-2 to finish the tournament with a 22-4 point differential.

J.T. Felix also made it the finals in the heavyweight division but fell in the finals to Tyrell Fortune of Grand Canyon University. Felix's road to the finals sandwiched a first-period pin between two wins by decision.

Travis Himmelman and George Ivanov each notched third-place finishes. After losing his opening match, Himmelman rallied to five-consecutive wins including three bonus-point bouts in his Boise State debut. Himmelman had first-period pins in against Jimmy Chase and Sam Meacham, while winning a 12-4 major decision against Glenn Terrano in the third-place bout at 141 pounds.

Ivanov (157 pounds) escaped his first bout with a 3-1 overtime win against Wyoming's Dakota Friesth before defeating Chase Cuthbertson, 4-2. A loss in the semifinals would send him to the consolation bracket where he faced Friesth again and won 5-3. In the consolation final, Ivanov went head-to-head with teammate Chris Castillo and emerged with a 3-2 decision.

Dixon went 4-2 in the 197-pound bracket, losing to Patrick Gomez in the semifinals before winning one consolation match and finishing fourth. The junior had two pins in the tournament, Putting John Elder's shoulders to the mat in the quarterfinals and taking down Bill Gray 42 seconds into the consolation semifinals.

Complete tournament results can be found at www.trackwrestling.com.

The Broncos will have a two-week break before competing in its first dual match of the season at North Dakota State, Nov. 16.


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