Wrestling to Host Arizona State Sunday
BOISE, Idaho - After two months of competing away from home, the Boise State wrestling team (5-5, 1-1 Pac-12) will hold its home-opener against Pac-12 foe Arizona State at 2 p.m., Sunday.
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IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos feature five wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings for the first time this season. No. 17 George Ivanov jumped into the top-20 this week after a 5-0 record at the Virginia Duals. He joins No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 10 Jake Swartz (184) No. 12 J.T. Felix (285) and No. 20 Brian Owen (133).
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Brian Owen (133), Travis Himmelman or Josh Strait (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 ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils come to Boise with a 7-6 dual record and are 2-0 in Pac-12 matches, defeating CSU Bakersfield and Stanford. Arizona State went 1-2 at the Virginia Duals last weekend, falling to North Dakota State and Kent State, a pair of teams the Broncos defeated.
The Sun Devils excel at the heavier weights this year with ranked wrestlers at 174, 197 and 285 pounds. Seniors Jake Meredith (No. 5) and Levi Cooper (No.19) provide a 1-2 punch at 197 and 285, respectively while freshman Blake Stauffer is taking the 174-pound division by storm as the 11-th ranked wrestler in the nation.
VIRGINIA DUALS: Boise State had only one blemish on their record at the Virginia Duals, going 4-1 and finishing fifth. However, Jason Chamberlain, George Ivanov, Jake Swartz and J.T. Felix each finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.
STREAKING: Both Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz enter the weekend with substantial win streaks intact. Chamberlain has won 16-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won 11 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 127 and 124 points, respectively. Swartz has a 190-63 discrepancy in 25 bouts while Chamberlain's score line is 193-69 through 19 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 22-3 record. The Auburn, Wash., native also has the most dual-match wins (nine), dual-match points (33) and major decisions (seven).
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.
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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