The Broncos finished the weekend with a 4-1 record, improving their overall record this season to 8-1 (1-0 Pac-10 Conference). Boise State's only stumble of the tournament came in a hard fought 20-12 quarterfinal round loss to No. 1 Iowa.
After finishing Saturday with a 2-1 record, Boise State opened Sunday's action with a 22-12 win against No. 18 Wisconsin. The win advanced the Broncos to the fifth-place match where they would face Cornell.
Boise State won five matches against the Big Red, including two crucial major decisions and one win by fall. After dropping the opening match at 125 pounds, Andrew Hochstrasser earned the Broncos a 3-3 tie with a 7-2 decision against Mike Grey at 133 pounds.
Cornell extended its' lead to 6-3 with a win at 141 pounds, but Jason Chamberlain answered by giving the Broncos their first lead of the dual with a 14-5 major decision over Hicks Manson at 149 pounds. He was followed by Adam Hall, who also earned a major decision, 14-3, against John Testy-Bastings at 157 pounds.
The Broncos extended their lead with wins at 174 and 184 pounds, first with Nate Lee winning the 174-pound match by fall (4:58) against Colin McDonald. Kirk Smith then put the Bronco lead just out of reach at 20-9, with a 4-2 decision over Steve Bosak at 184 pounds.
Cornell scored 10 points in the final two matches, winning the 197-pound match by major decision and the heavyweight match by fall. Their late rally fell just short, however, as the Broncos held off for the one-point upset.
Boise State will now look to next Friday (Jan. 15) when the Broncos travel to Bozeman, Mont. to face North Dakota State in a non-conference dual.
Boise State 20, Cornell 19
125 - Frank Perrelli (Cornell) dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 2-1
133 - Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. Mike Grey (Cornell) 7-2
141 - Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. Levi Jones (BSU) 6-1
149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) major dec. Hicks Manson (Cornell) 14-5
157 - Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. John Testy-Bastings (Cornell) 14-3
165 - Justin Kerber (Cornell) dec. Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) 3-1
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) fall Colin McDonald (Cornell) 4:58
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) dec. Steve Bosak (Cornell) 4-2
197 - Cam Simaz (Cornell) major dec. Matt Casperson (BSU) 10-2
HWT - Taylor Moore (Cornell) fall Sam Zylstra (BSU) 00:32
Boise State 22, Wisconsin 12
125 - Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Drew Hammen (UW) 6-2
133 - Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. Tyler Graff (UW) 6-4
141 - Levi Jones (BSU) dec. Cole Schmitt (UW) 6-4
149 - Kyle Ruschell (UW) dec. Jason Chamberlain (BSU) 3-1
157 - Adam Hall (BSU) fall Greg Burke (UW) 6:12
165 - Andrew Howe (UW) dec. Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) 10-8
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Jim Duffy (UW) 12-7
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Travis Rutt (UW) 11-2
197 - Trevor Brandvold (UW) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU) 8-2
HWT - Eric Bugenhagen (UW) dec. Sam Zylstra (BSU) 3-1