Boise State Continues Dual Schedule in Virginia
HAMPTON, Va. - After a rivalry win against Oregon State last week, the Boise State wrestling team will have a chance to even out its dual-match record when the Broncos compete at the Virginia Duals, Friday and Saturday. Boise State is the No. 5 seed in the 16-team field that includes five teams ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches' Poll. The Blue and Orange will start things off with a match against Buffalo at 9 a.m. ET.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS: Results will be posted that the tournament site, virginiaduals.org. Follow the official Twitter account of Boise State wresting @broncosportswre to track how the Broncos are doing.
IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos feature four wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings. Brian Owen is new to the rankings this week, coming filling the No. 20 spot at 133 pounds. He joins No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 11 Jake Swartz (184) and No. 12 J.T. Felix (285).
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Brian Owen or Ben DeMuelle (133), Travis Himmelman (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), George Ivanov (157), Holden Packard (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Cody Dixon (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
SCOUTING THE FIELD: The five ranked teams in the field are No. 9 Central Michigan, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Edinboro, No. 19 Virginia and No. 25 Old Dominion. In all, the 16 teams include 43 wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes.
STREAKING: Both Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz enter the weekend with substantial win streaks intact. Chamberlain has won 11-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won six in-a-row with his last defeat on Dec. 1 against Ryan Loder.
SCORING MARGINS: Not only do Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz have the top two winning percentages on the team, they have been winning in impressive fashion. Over the course of the season, each has outscored their opponents by a 82 points. Chamberlain has a 128-46 discrepancy in 14 bouts while Swartz' score line is 126-44 through 20 bouts.
CLOSE CALLS: Senior George Ivanov has had seven of his 16 bouts decided by two points or less. In those seven contests, Ivanov holds a 5-2 record.
LEADING THE WAY: Redshirt junior Jake Swartz leads the team in wins this season with a 17-3 record. The Auburn, Wash., native also has the most dual-match points, with 14, and is tied with Jason Chamberlain for the most major decisions, with five.
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 five 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. 15), Minnesota (No. 3) and Oregon State (No. 13) are each still in the rankings.
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.
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.
FAMILIAR FOES: Senior George Ivanov is 1-2 against Oregon State's RJ Pena this season to make it eight times the two have met in the in the past two seasons. Pena's win at the dual in Corvallis evened the individual series at 4-4, with a potential meeting to come at this year's Pac-12 Tournament.
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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