Swartz, Chamberlain Lead Broncos in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - Two Boise State wrestlers reserved a spot in the semifinals as the Broncos sit 8th after the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas invitational, Friday. Seven of the team's 10 wrestlers will still have a chance to compete tomorrow.

Jason Chamberlain entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and showed it in the first two rounds, winning by 6-2 decision in the tournament-opener and by 12-3 major decision in the second round. The redshirt senior was given a scare in the quarterfinals when he pulled out a 6-4 win against No. 15 Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in a tiebreaker. Chamberlain will take on No. 12 Cam Tessari in the semifinals, tomorrow.

In the 184-pound quarterfinals, No. 11 Jake Swartz defeated No. 12 Casey Newburg, 6-1. It was a smooth trip to the semifinals for Swartz who won by fall and a 4-0 decision in the first- and second-rounds, respectively. He will face No. 5 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska in the round-of-four.

George Ivanov (157) lost a 7-6 decision in his quarterfinal to rival RJ Pena (Oregon State) in what was already their seventh meeting in the past two seasons.

Travis Himmelman went 2-1 on the day with his only loss coming against No. 2 Hunter Stieber. The redshirt freshman transfer would rebound during the evening session with a 12-2 major decision against Jarrett Morrill or North Idaho College.

Seniors Owen and Felix followed the same path as Himmelman, picking up consolation wins during the evening session. Owen a posted a 2-1 decision against Daniel DeShazar of Nebraska-Omaha while Felix defeated Tanner Harms of Wyoming, 8-5.

Redshirt freshman Holden Packard won his first two matches before running into tree-time NCAA Champion Kyle Dake of Cornell. Packard fell by major decision and will look to get back on track in the consolation bracket tomorrow.

Scott Bacon each medically forfeited their first bout in the consolation bracket and were eliminated from the tournament.

Action will begin at 9 a.m. (PT), Saturday, with the finals of each weight class slated to start at 2 p.m.


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