BOISE, Idaho - Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine announced its' first national rankings of 2010, Tuesday (Jan. 5), which was highlighted by Boise State's strong presence in both the individual and team rankings.
Boise State junior Kirk Smith was voted in as the top 184-pound wrestler in the country by W.I.N. this week, after starting the season with a perfect 8-0 record. Smith leads the way for five Broncos who are currently ranked in the top-eight for their respective weight class.
Joining Smith in the top-eight is Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds) and Adam Hall (157), who are both ranked No. 3 currently. Meanwhile, Jason Chamberlain is ranked No. 7 at 149 pounds and Nate Lee is No. 8 at 174 pounds. With the five top-eight rankings, Boise State starts 2010 ranked No. 3 nationally in the W.I.N. Tournament Power Index.
The TPI ranks teams based on individual rankings and projected finishes at the NCAA tournament. Teams receive points based on how many potential All-Americans (top-eight) they have. They also receive advancement points for every wrestler ranked No. 9-20.
Boise State totaled 62.5 points as a team, primarily because of the Broncos' five projected All-Americans. They also received points from Levi Jones and Alan Bartelli, who are both currently ranked in the top-20. Jones was voted No. 11 at 141 pounds, while Bartelli is No. 16 at 125 pounds. Iowa topped the TPI with 112 points.
W.I.N. also released its' first Dual Team Rankings of the new year on Tuesday, in which Boise State was voted in at No. 8. The Broncos have compiled a 4-0 record to start the season. Iowa also led the Dual Rankings with a 9-0 record so far this season.
Boise State travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend (Jan. 9-10) to compete in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals hosted by the University of Northern Iowa.