CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The No. 6 (NWCA/USA Today) ranked Boise State wrestling team secured a seventh-place finish at the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sunday (Jan. 9), finishing with a 3-2 record at the prestigious 16-team tournament.
The Broncos (5-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 Pac-10) saw their title hopes come to a halt on Saturday with an 18-17 loss to No. 5 Minnesota in the quarterfinals. After rebounding with a 24-12 win against No. 11 Oregon State in the day-one finale, the Broncos suffered their second loss of the weekend to No. 13 Missouri, 21-12, Sunday morning.
The loss to Missouri ended Boise State's run at a consolation championship, but did put them in a match-up with No. 14 Iowa State for seventh-place. The dual marked the second time in as many days that the two teams would square off. The Broncos opened the weekend with a 25-13 win over the Cyclones to advance to the quarterfinals. Sunday's showdown proved to be no different, as Boise State jumped out to an early lead and cruised to another 25-13 victory.
The Broncos opened the seventh-place dual with wins in five consecutive matches to secure an early 22-0 lead over Iowa State. Alan Bartelli would score the first team points for Boise State as the nation's No. 17 ranked (InterMat) 125-pounder took down Brandon Jones by 8-3 decision. He was followed by No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser who pinned Benjamin Cash at the 2:53 mark to extend the Bronco lead to 9-0.
After earning another six points due to forfeit by Iowa State at 141 pounds, Jason Chamberlain scored another four points for Boise State with a major decision victory at 149. Chamberlain (No. 3 ranked) beat Max Mayfield 13-4 to push the Bronco lead to 19-0. No. 2 ranked Adam Hall would cap Boise State's strong start with a win by 10-3 decision against Trent Weatherman at 157 pounds.
Iowa State would narrow the gap with the Broncos by winning four consecutive duals. Boise State's lead proved to be too much to overcome however, as a win by the Broncos at heavyweight pushed the final score to 25-13. J.T. Felix scored the last win for Boise State by beating Matthew Gibson by 3-2 decision.
The Broncos are off the mat now until Jan. 23 (Sunday) when they host Cal Poly in a Pac-10 Conference showdown. The dual, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena, is the first of four remaining home duals for Boise State.
#6 Boise State 25, #14 Iowa State 13
125 - #17 Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Brandon Jones (ISU) 8-3
133 - #2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) fall Benjamin Cash (ISU) 2:53
141 - #11 Levi Jones (BSU) win by forfeit
149 - #3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) major dec. Max Mayfield (ISU) 13-4
157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) dec. Trent Weatherman (ISU) 10-3
165 - Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. Kurt Swartz (BSU) 5-3
174 - #1 Jonathan Reader (ISU) dec. Jacob Swartz (BSU) 8-2
184 - Richard Shafer (ISU) major dec. Randy Larson (BSU) 13-5
197 - Phillip Hawes (ISU) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU) 3-2
285 - J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Matthew Gibson (ISU) 3-2
Boise State Drops Dual to Missouri, 21-12
Boise State saw its run at a fifth-place finish at the National Duals fall short, Sunday morning, with a 21-12 loss to Missouri to open day No. 2 of the tournament. The Broncos won just four matches against the Tigers; all of which came by decision.
After falling behind early with a loss at 125 pounds, No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser evened the team score at 3-3 with a 7-2 decision against Nathan McCormick at 133. Missouri would secure its second win of the day at 141 pounds however, to recapture the team lead at 7-3.
No. 3 Jason Chamberlain narrowed the margin with a win by 10-5 decision over Kyle Bradley at 149 pounds. A win by No. 2 Adam Hall at 157 would give Boise State the lead once again with just five matches left to go. Hall beat Giorgio Gregoris by 9-7 decision to give the Broncos a 9-7 lead in the dual.
Missouri would recapture the lead, 10-9, with a win by decision at 165 pounds.
Jacob Swartz kept Boise State in contention with a hard fought win at 174 pounds, to give the Broncos their final lead of the dual. No. 13 ranked Swartz beat Patrick Wright by 3-1 decision to put Boise State back ahead 12-10.
Missouri would seize momentum down the stretch however, winning the final three matches of the dual to secure the win. A pair of wins by major decision pushed the team final to 21-12, giving Boise State just its second loss of the season.
#13 Missouri 21, #6 Boise State 12
125 - #7 Alan Waters (MIZZ) dec. #17 Alan Bartelli (BSU) 1-0
133 - #2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. Nathan McCormick (MIZZ) 7-2
141 - #16 Todd Schavrien (MIZZ) major dec. #11 Levi Jones (BSU) 11-2
149 - #3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) dec. Kyle Bradley (MIZZ) 10-5
157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) dec. Giorgio Gregoris (MIZZ) 9-7
165 - #13 Zach Toal (MIZZ) dec. Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) 5-3
174 - #13 Jacob Swartz (BSU) dec. Patrick Wright (MIZZ) 3-1
184 - Dorian Henderson (MIZZ) major dec. Randy Larson (BSU) 19-5
197 - #13 Brent Haynes (MIZZ) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU) 13-7
285 - #6 Dominique Bradley (MIZZ) major dec. Chris Givens (BSU) 13-3