Chamberlain Crowned in Strong Showing at Cliff Keen

LAS VEGAS - Jason Chamberlain led the Boise State wrestling team at the 2012 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Saturday, taking the 149-pound title and leading the Broncos to a sixth-place team finish.

Chamberlain won five bouts on his way to the crown, defeating three ranked opponents. The Springville, Utah native defeated No. 12 Cam Tessari (6-4) and No. 8 Cole VonOhlen (7-3) by decision in his two bouts, Saturday.

Jake Swartz and J.T. Felix each made it through the consolation bracket to the third place bout at 184 and 285 pounds, respectively.

Felix came into the tournament unranked and defeated No. 13 Levi Cooper, No. 14 Connor Medberry before taking down No. 15 Peter Capone in the third-place match. The wins were a change of fortune for Felix who entered the tournament with a 0-2 record against wrestlers in the AWN top-20. Felix changed that to a 3-3 mark with each of the losses coming against top-six opponents.

Swartz opened the day with a 3-2 loss to No. 5 Josh Ihnen in the semifinals before pinning Mason Bailey of Navy. In the third-place match he squared-off against No. 6 Ryan Loder and was narrowly beaten again in a 4-3 decision.

George Ivanov took seventh at 157 pounds after going 2-1 on the day. The senior started with a pin of Adam Fierro, his second of the tournament, before losing by major decision against No. 12 Bobby Barnhisel of Navy. James Green medically forfeited the seventh-place bout allowing Ivanov to win with no competition.

Brian Owen (133), Travis Himmelman (141) and Holden Packard (165) each lost their first bout of the day and were eliminated from the tournament. Owen and Himmelman each finished the tournament 3-2 while Packard tallied a 2-2 record.

Boise State will be back in action in two weeks when they head back to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 16.

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