OREM, Utah - The Boise State wrestling team (1-7, 1-4 Pac-12) battled back from an early 16-point disadvantage but could not pull off the comeback win against Utah Valley, Thursday, falling 19-18.
The Broncos stumbled into a 16-0 deficit at the outset of the match which began at 125 pounds. Boise State forfeited the 125-pound bout before losing three-consecutive bouts at 133, 141 and 149 pounds. Freshman Preston Hu made his duel-match debut at 133 pounds, falling 3-2 to Derek Malan.
George Ivanov was the first member of the Boise State squad to earn a win, marking four in a row for the junior. Ivanov was down 1-2 entering the final period but roared back to score eight points in the final two minutes to win 9-3.
Michael Cuthbertson followed with another Boise State win, but by a much smaller margin. The redshirt junior defeated the Wolverines' Ethan Smith at 165 pounds in double overtime by a score of 2-1. Smith and Cuthbertson each earned one-point escapes in the second and third periods, respectively and after a scoreless first overtime, the Scottsboro, Ala., native tallied an escape in the second overtime to end the match.
After a loss at 174 pounds, the Broncos trailed 19-6 and needed a win to keep their hopes alive. Cody Dixon did just that with a close 3-2 win over David Prieto at 184 pounds to narrow the margin to 10 points.
Brent Chriswell kept the added to the momentum with a quick pin at 197 pounds, pinning Bryan Chamberlain in the first period, only 1:18 into the match.
Boise State was down 19-15 heading into the final match of the night, with J.T. Felix left to compete. The sophomore defeated his opponent with a 9-5 decision but it was not enough to put the Broncos in front, as the final score read 19-18.
The Broncos will return to Boise for their next match against North Dakota State, Friday Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The match will be part of the Beauty and the Beast Event, where the Bronco wrestling team will participate in conjunction with the gymnastics team, which faces Sacramento State.
Boise State 18, Utah Valley 19
125: Colby Christensen (UVU) won by forfeit
133: Derek Malan (UVU) dec. Preston Hu (BSU), 3-2
141: Avery Garner (UVU) maj. Ben DeMuelle (BSU), 18-10
149: Josh Wilson (UVU) overtime Steven Hernandez (BSU), 6-4
157: George Ivanov (BSU) dec. Napoleon Aniciete (UVU), 9-3
165: Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) double overtime Ethan Smith (UVU), 2-1
174: Monte Shmaulhaus (UVU) dec. Scott Bacon (BSU), 7-3
184: Cody Dixon (BSU) dec. David Prieto (UVU), 3-2
197: Brent Chriswell (BSU) fall Bryan Chamberlain (UVU), 1:18
HWT: J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Dustin Dennison (UVU), 9-5