Bronco Wrestling Seeks Revenge in Corvallis
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Boise State wrestling team will look to start the new year with a win against its conference rival No. 10 Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. PT. with the event to be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. The Broncos suffered a loss (21-16) against the Beavers when the two teams met in Spokane, Nov. 24.
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IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos feature three wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings. Those three are No. 3 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 12 Jake Swartz (184) and No. 11 J.T. Felix (285).
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Brian Owen (133), Travis Himmelman (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), George Ivanov (157), Holden Packard or Chris Castillo (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Cody Dixon (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State has five wrestlers ranked in the AWN Individual Rankings, all of which are in the top 10 of their respective weight classes. Scott Sakaguchi leads the way as No. 7 at 149 pounds. Michael Mangrum (141) is slotted eighth while RJ Pena (157) Taylor Meeks (197) and Chad Hanke (285) are each ninth.
LAST TIME: After falling into an early hole during their previous meeting with Oregon State, the Broncos rallied back to take a 16-15 lead over the Beavers heading into the final bout of the night. The hopes for an upset came crashing down though after a pin gave the Beavers a 21-16 win in the Border War.
FAMILIAR FOES: Senior George Ivanov defeated Oregon State's RJ Pena 11-5, in this season's dual against the Beavers before losing a 7-6 decision to Pena at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The two have now met seven times since the beginning of last season and have the potential to meet again in Reno. Ivanov holds a 4-3 record against Pena all-time but was ousted by his rival from the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament.
DUAL DEBUT: Redshirt freshman Chris Castillo might have the chance to compete in the first dual match of his collegiate career this week at 165 pounds. Castillo is 13-3 this season at 157 pounds with a first-place finish at the Spokane Open and a third-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions his last time out.
FEARLESS FELIX: J.T. Felix took third at the Cliff Keen Invitational this season, catching the field off guard. Felix entered the tournament unranked before defeating No. 13 Levi Cooper, No. 14 Connor Medberry and No. 15 Peter Capone.
After a taking third at the Reno Tournament of Champions, he is now 4-4 against top-20 opponents.
A PAIR OF CHAMPIONS: Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz each made their way through the Reno Tournament of Champions bracket to be crowned champions. It was the first tournament win for Swartz this season while Chamberlain championed the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier in the year.
COMPANY AT THE TOP: J.T. Felix and Jake Swartz each lead the team with 16 wins this season. Swartz holds the edge in winning percentage with a 16-3 mark while Felix is 16-7.
QUICK TO THE MAT: Chris Castillo has shown his ability to tally bonus points this season by recording a team-high six falls. Of those, four of have come in the first period with two coming in the first minute of the bout.
STIFF COMPETITION: All four of Boise State's dual matches have been against teams who were ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Top 25 at some point this season. Wyoming (No. 16), Minnesota (No. 3) and Oregon State (No. 10) are each still in the rankings.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: The Boise State roster is up to 33 student-athletes this season, with 12 newcomers on the team. Despite over a third of the lineup being new, The Broncos return all 10 starters from last season after losing only two graduating seniors. Among those returners are 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Brian Owen (133), George Ivanov (157), Jake Swartz (184) and Brent Chriswell (197). The broncos will also have NCAA All-American Jason Chamberlain (149) returning to action after redshirting last season.
CHAMBERLAIN'S TRAVELS: Redshirt senior Jason Chamberlain had a busy summer. His journey to the World University Games in Finland started in Akron, Ohio, where he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the World University Championships. The performance set him up for a finals appearance at the World University Team Trials, where he defeated defending NCAA Champion Frank Molinaro to earn a spot on the American roster. In Finland, Chamberlaind suffered a first round defeat to Russian Roland Ondar.
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