Wrestling Heads South For Pac-12 Road Trip
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team (0-4, 0-2 Pac-12) will look to snap its three-match losing streak when it travels to "The Golden State" to face three Pac-12 foes. The Broncos will start with a duel against No. 23 Stanford, Thursday, Jan. 5 before heading to Cal State Bakersfield, Friday, Jan. 6 and concluding the trip against No. 19 Cal Poly, Sunday, Jan. 8. After the match on Sunday, Boise State will have faced all five of its conference opponents.
Bronco Competitors - Boise State will send a team of nine to the invitational, which include: Isaac Romero (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait or Ben DeMuelle (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz or Cody Dixon (184), Brent Chriswell (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
Scouting the Competition
No. 23 Stanford Cardinal - Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. (MT)The Cardinal enters the match with a 4-4 duel-match record and an 1-0 record in against Pac-12 schools, with a 28-9 win against Cal State Bakersfield. Stanford has two wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes. Nick Amuchastegui is considered the best 174-pound competitor in college and holds the No. 1 ranking while Ryan Mango (133) is currently ranked ninth.
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners - Jan. 6, 8 p.m. (MT)Bakersfield has a 1-3 record this season and is 0-3 against conference opponents, with losses against Stanford (9-28), Cal Poly (10-28) and Oregon State (4-45). The Roadrunners currently do not have any individual wrestlers in Intermat's top 20.
No. 19 Cal Poly Mustangs - Jan. 8, 2 p.m. (MT)
Cal Poly is 2-1 this season, with a win and a loss in conference. The Mustangs defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 28-10 before falling to Oregon State, 6-36. Seniors Boris Novachkov (141) and Ryan DesRoches (174) lead the team with a No. 4 rankings at their respective weight classes.
Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the 10th-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.
Junior transfer George Ivanov moved down a spot to 16th at 157 pounds.
Sophomore J.T. Felix fell out of the latest Intermat rankings but holds the No. 19 position in the latest WIN Magazine Tournament Power Index. Felix finished second at the Pac-10 Championships last year and was an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament where he went 1-2.
What Happened Last Time - Boise State is coming off a tough weekend that saw losses against No. 12 Nebraska (3-34), Arizona State (9-27) and No. 2 Oklahoma State (3-43). Freshman Scott Bacon led the team with two wins over the weekend, defeating Arizona State's Jacob Graham and Oklahoma State's Zach White. Michael Cuthbertson, George Ivanov and Isaac Romero each received one win.
2011-12 Squad - This season's team is loaded with new talent as 12 true freshman make up Boise State's 29 roster spots. The Broncos also welcome sophomore Cody Dixon and junior transfer George Ivanov make 14 newcomers to the program. The Orange and Blue also return four redshirt freshman this year, which gives a total of 18 student-athletes the opportunity to wrestle in their first official match as a member of the Bronco squad this season.
Randall at the Helm - Head coach Greg Randall is entering his 10th season at Boise State with a 98-36-1 record. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.
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