Broncos Open National Duals Against Iowa State

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team will face its toughest challenge of the regular season this weekend when the Broncos head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to compete in the prestigious NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals hosted by Northern Iowa University, Saturday-Sunday (Jan. 8-9).

Boise State received the No. 5 seed in the 16 team tournament and will open up competition against Iowa State at 9 a.m. (CST) on Saturday.

This year's tournament field is comprised of five teams currently ranked nationally in top 10 of the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. Of the 16 teams competing, 13 are currently ranked in the top 25. The field includes:  No. 1 Cornell, T-No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Boise State, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 12 Virginia Tech, No. 13 Missouri, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 17 Central Michigan, No. 18 Purdue, No. 22 American, No. 24 Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State.

Fans can visit http://www.unipanthers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/niwa-11-nwca-main.html for more tournament information, as well as updates throughout the weekend.

Watch the Broncos...

Boise State fans will have the opportunity to view a live stream of the Broncos dual against Iowa State, Saturday, as one of the feature duals presented by Takedown Wrestling Media. Visit http://www.livesportsvideo.com/golive/goliveevents.asp?q=NWCA to access the dual for a $5 pay-per-view fee. Takedown Wrestling Media and livevideosports.com have teamed up to bring wrestling fans some of the biggest duals throughout the weekend.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a three week layoff since its last competition; the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 19 in Reno, Nev. The Broncos made the most of their last tournament of 2010 wrestling to a second-place team finish behind four individual titles and one runner-up finish. Boise State scored 104.5 points to finish just behind Wyoming (106.0 points) in the final team standings.

The Broncos scored individual titles from Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Levi Jones (141), Jason Chamberlain (149) and Adam Hall (157). Jake Swartz would earn Boise State's lone second-place finish of the weekend at 174 pounds.

National Rankings...

Boise State made a big leap back near the top of the intermatwrestle.com national rankings this week with a No. 2 finish in the Jan. 4 polls. The Broncos had dropped as low as sixth in the InterMat rankings after consecutive weeks without senior Kirk Smith included in the individual rankings. Smith, who has yet to wrestle this season, returned to the No. 1 ranking at 184 pounds this week pushing Boise State back to the No. 2 spot.

Smith is joined in the InterMat individual rankings this week by six other Broncos, including a trio ranked in the top three for their respective weight class. Hochstrasser and Hall both remained at No. 2 this week, while Chamberlain dropped one spot to No. 3.

Rounding out the group of Boise State wrestlers ranked by InterMat is Jones, Swartz and Alan Bartelli. Jones moved up to No. 11 this week, while Swartz was voted in at No. 13. Bartelli reached his highest individual ranking of the season moving up one spot to No. 17 in the 125-pound rankings.

The century mark...

With a 5-0 record at the Reno Tournament of Champions last month, Hall reached a career milestone earning his 100th win at Boise State. Hall improved to 12-0 this season, which puts him at 104-19 on his career.

Smith will look to move closer to the century mark when he takes the mat for the first time this season, as he is just six wins away from 100. Smith is 94-10 in three years with the Broncos.

Head coach Greg Randall also has 100 wins in his sights as he travels to the National Duals with a career record of 90-29-1. Not including this weekend, Boise State only has six duals remaining on its schedule which will make it tough for Randall to reach 100 wins this season. The Broncos could wrestle four or more duals this weekend however, making the century mark still possible for Randall this season.



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