BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team (1-7, 1-4 Pac-12) will look to notch its first home win of the 2011-12 season when North Dakota State (4-4) comes to town for the 10th annual Beauty and the Beast, Friday Jan. 20. The wrestling team will compete side-by-side with the Boise State gymnastics team which faces Sacramento State. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. Tickets can be purchased in advance at idahotickets.com ($7 adults/$5 youth/seniors) or at the ticket office the day of the event ($6 adults/$4 youth/seniors).
The Broncos will host their second home match of the weekend, Sunday, Jan. 22 against Northern Colorado (1-3). The first match is slated to start at 2 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
Live Coverage - Both matches will be streamed live at www.broncosports.com for premium subscribers.
Bronco Competitors - Boise State will send a team of nine to the invitational, which include: Isaac Romero (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Brent Chriswell (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
Scouting the Competition
North Dakota State Bison - Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
The Cardinal enters the match with a 4-4 duel-match record and a 1-0 record in against Pac-12 schools, defeating Arizona State 23-19. NDSU is led by 157-pounder Steven Monk, who ranked 11th in his class. The sophomore will be tested Friday when he faces, No. 16 George Ivanov. Roger Kish is in his first year as head coach of the Bison.
Northern Colorado Bears - Jan. 22, 2 p.m.
Northern Colorado has a 1-3 record this season and lost its only match against a Pac-12 school when it faced CSU Bakersfield (17-19). The Bears have one member of the team ranked in Intermat's top 25 as Gabe Burak holds the 13th position at 165 pounds.
Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the ninthth-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.
Junior transfer George Ivanov, who leads the team in wins (17), joins Swartz in the top 25, earning the No. 16 spot at 157 pounds.
What Happened Last Time - The Boise State wrestling team battled back from an early 16-point disadvantage but could not pull off the comeback win against Utah Valley, Jan. 12. The Broncos stumbled into a 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. Ivanov, Cuthbertson, Chriswell and Felix led a late Bronco charge in an effort to turn the tables, but came up just shy, falling 18-19.
Reaching A Milestone - Head Coach Greg Randall needs just one more win to hit the century mark as the leader of the Boise State squad. Randall holds a 99-39-1 record and is in his 10th season as head coach. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.
2011-12 Squad - This season's team is loaded with new talent as 12 true freshman make up Boise State's 29 roster spots. The Broncos also welcome sophomore Cody Dixon and junior-transfer George Ivanov, who make a total of 14 newcomers to the program. The Orange and Blue also return four redshirt freshman this year, which gives a total of 18 student-athletes the opportunity to wrestle in their first official match as a member of the Bronco squad this season. While new faces make up most of the Bronco roster, returners Jake Swartz, J.T. Felix and Brent Chriswell look to guide the team to a successful 2011-12 season.