Romero Finishes Runner-up at Cowboy Open
Nov. 5, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Redshirt freshman Demetrius Romero led the Boise State wrestling team at the season-opening Cowboy Open at War Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday, finishing runner-up at 165 pounds. Redshirt senior Austin Dewey (174) and redshirt freshman Fred Green (157) each reached the third-place matches in their respective weight classes.

Romero picked up three-straight victories to advance to the title bout, but ultimately dropped the championship match in overtime, falling 4-2 (TB1). Romero opened with a major decision (10-2), then moved on to the championship semifinals following a medical forfeit. His 3-2 decision over Air Force's Ricky Padilla earned him a spot in the finals in his Bronco debut.

Dewey picked up a pair of wins before suffering his first and only loss of the tournament in the semifinals. He pinned Northern Colorado's Thomas Chisholm in the opening round (5:29), then picked up an 11-4 decision before dropping a decision (3-2) to second-place finisher Kimball Bastian of Utah Valley. In the consolation bracket, Dewey picked up another fall, this time in 2:22, then won his third-place match 6-4 (SV) over Air Force's Michael Billingsley.

Green also advanced to the third-place match, but fell via major decision (10-2). Green won back-to-back decisions before getting pinned in the semifinals (3:00). He responded with a pin of his own over Utah Valley's Raider Lofthouse in the consolation semifinals before forfeiting the third-place match.

As 125 pounds, junior transfer Will Bardezbain dropped his opening-round match to Air Force's Drew Romero, but then recorded a technical fall and back-to-back decisions in the wrestle-back to reach the consolation semifinals. Unfortunately for Bardezbain, he once again ran into Romero, and fell via decision, 15-13.

Jake Velarde faced a similar fate as Bardezbain at 149. Unable to get by Benjamin Polkowske (Northern Colorado) in the opening round, he then notched a pair of wins before running back into Polkowske and falling in the consolation semifinals. Dakota Wall picked up a pair of wins, both by decision, before dropping consecutive decisions. He, too, advanced to the consolation semifinals before being ousted from the tournament.

A complete match-by-match for each of Boise State's wrestlers can be found below.

Up next for Boise State is a dual against Purdue in Stanford, Calif. (Nov. 18), before wrestling in the Roadrunner Open in Fresno, Calif., Nov. 20.

125 (ELITE)
Drew Romero (Air Force) fall Will Bardezbain (Boise State), 4:43
Will Bardezbain (Boise State) tech. fall Tyler Scott (Utah Valley), 16-0 (3:49)
Will Bardezbain (Boise State) dec. Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado), 16-15
Will Bardezbain (Boise State) dec. Ronald Stevens (Wyoming), 7-3
Drew Romero (Air Force) dec. Will Bardezbain (Boise State), 15-13

133 (ELITE)
None

141 (ELITE)
None

149 (ELITE)
Benjamin Polkowske (Northern Colorado) dec. Jake Velarde (Boise State), 7-1
Jake Velarde (Boise State) major dec. Dominique Evans (Northwest Kansas Tech), 11-2
Jake Velarde (Boise State) default Matthew Ontiveros (Unattached), 0:52
Benjamin Polkowske (Northern Colorado) dec. Jake Velarde (Boise State), 5-3

Dakota Wall (Boise State) dec. Jake Elliott (Wyoming), 3-1 (SV)
Dakota Wall (Boise State) dec. Matthew Ontiveros (Unattached), 2-0
Gerald McGinty (Air Force) dec. Dakota Wall (Boise State), 7-4
Jake Elliott (Wyoming) dec. Dakota Wall (Boise State), 7-3

157 (ELITE)
AJ Fierro (Boise State) dec. Ryan Snow (Northwest Kansas Tech), 9-6
Archie Colgan (Wyoming) dec. AJ Fierro (Boise State), 9-2
Brandon Weber (Unattached) dec. AJ Fierro (Boise State), 7-0

Devin Vazquez (Adams State) forfeit Merlin Bope-Miongolo (Boise State), SV
Samuel Kreimier (Air Force) fall Merlin Bope-Miongolo (Boise State), 1:32

Fred Green (Boise State) dec. Samuel Kreimer (Air Force), 15-10
Fred Green (Boise State) dec. Dewey Krueger (Wyoming), 6-0
Branson Ashworth (Wyoming) fall Fred Green (Boise State), 3:00
Fred Green (Boise State) fall Raider Lofthouse (Utah Valley), 3:00
Dane Robbins (Air Force) major dec. Fred Green (Boise State), 10-2

Payton Tawater (Colorado Mesa) dec. Jacob Otuafi (Boise State), 2-1
Jacob Otuafi (Boise State) dec. Ryan Snow (Northwest Kansas Tech), 6-2
Shawn Beiriger (Western State) major dec. Jacob Otuafi (Boise State), 13-4

165 (ELITE)
Travis Bradford (Western State) major dec. Taylor Owens (Boise State), 14-4
Khaldoon Rashid (Great Falls) major dec. Taylor Owens (Boise State), 16-3

Demetrius Romero (Boise State) major dec. Christopher Cos (Air Force), 10-2
Demetrius Romero (Boise State) medical forfeit Kyle Pope (Wyoming)
Demetrius Romero (Boise State) dec. Ricky Padilla (Air Force), 3-2
Alexandre Lopouchanski (Air Force) dec. Demetrius Romero (Boise State), 4-2 (TB1)

Chaz Polson (Wyoming) dec. Billy Bigelow (Boise State), 6-0
Billy Bigelow (Boise State) fall Drew Randall (Montana State-Northern), 2:31
Khaldoon Rashid (Great Falls) dec. Billy Bigelow (Boise State), 6-1

174 (ELITE)
Austin Dewey (Boise State) fall Thomas Chisholm (Northern Colorado), 5:29
Austin Dewey (Boise State) dec. Brandon Supernaw (Western State), 11-4
Kimball Bastian (Utah Valley) dec. Austin Dewey (Boise State), 3-2
Austin Dewey (Boise State) fall Isaac Deaton (Nebraska-Kearney), 2:22
Austin Dewey (Boise State) dec. Michael Billingsley (Air Force), 6-4 (SV)

184 (ELITE)
Wesley Schultz (Wyoming) dec. Kadyn Del Toro (Boise State), 10-4
Kadyn Del Toro (Boise State) dec. Nate Shaw (Wyoming), 3-2
Ben Stroh (Montana State-Northern) dec. Kadyn Del Toro (Boise State), 9-3

197 (ELITE)
Mick Dougharity (Western State) fall Keavon Buckley (Boise State), 6:19
Keavon Buckley (Boise State) fall Joe Bencomo (Adams State), 4:17
Cody Vigoren (Wyoming) dec. Keavon Buckley (Boise State), 3-1

Parker Hines (Air Force) dec. Harley DiLulo (Boise State), 7-3
Harley DiLulo (Boise State) forfeit Ben Price (Western State), SV
Mick Dougharity (Western State) dec. Harley DiLulo (Boise State), 5-4

285 (ELITE)
Gabriel Gonzalez (Boise State) fall Amer Tipura (Adams State), 3:34
Jordan Karst (Utah Valley) dec. Gabriel Gonzalez (Boise State), 3-0
Gabriel Gonzalez (Boise State) fall Danny Gordon (Wyoming), 0:29
Cooper Cogdill (Chadron State) dec. Gabriel Gonzalez (Boise State), 2-0


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