BOISE, Idaho The No. 10 ranked Boise State wrestling team (USA Today/InterMat/NWCA) showed its strength Friday night with a dominating 37-4 win over Pac-10 Conference foe Cal State Fullerton at Bronco Gymnasium. The Broncos (12-3, 3-0 Pac-10) recorded five major decisions and one win by fall in the victory against the Titans (8-4, 2-1).
No. 5 nationally ranked sophomore Brent Chriswell (USA Today/InterMat/NWCA) set the tone early for Boise State against John Drake, in the first match of the night (197-pounds). It took Chriswell a couple minutes to deliver the first blow, but after scoring a two-point take with just under a minute left in the first period he then scored a three-point near fall to build a 5-0 lead. In the process, Drake suffered an injury that made him unable to finish the match, earning Chriswell (5-1 overall, 5-1 dual) a win by injury forfeit.
Fullerton would narrow the early Bronco lead for a short time, however, as Kurt Klimek defeated Boise State’s Sam Zylstra in a 16-5 major decision at heavyweight. Klimek used an eight-point third period to seal the win and narrow the score at 6-4 after two matches.
That win would be the final one of the night for the Titans, however, as the Broncos rallied off eight consecutive wins to finish the dual. At 125-pounds, Bronco sophomore Alan Bartelli used a seven-point first period to earn a 12-6 decision against Fullerton’s Andre Gonzales.
Andrew Hochstrasser, who entered the weekend ranked No. 4 at 133-pounds, earned the next Bronco win in a 9-3 decision against No. 14 ranked TJ Dillashaw. After leading just 5-3 after two periods, Hochstrasser scored four points in the third to put the match out of reach. The win improves Hochstrasser’s overall record to 26-2, 14-1 in duals.
In the closest match of the night (141-pounds), Boise State senior Cory Fish managed to extend the Bronco lead to 15-4 with a 3-2 decision over Adin Duenas. After wrestling to a 2-2 tie with under a minute to go in the third period, Fish held off Duenas’ escape tries and scored one advantage point to earn the win.
From there the Broncos would roll, with their first big win coming at 149-pounds. No. 17 ranked Boise State freshman Jason Chamberlain recorded a win by fall against Matt Lopez at the 1:48 mark in the first period. His win was followed by a 14-3 major decision by No. 6 Adam Hall (25-3, 13-1), who defeated Fullerton’s Steven DeLaFuente at 157-pounds.
In the 165-pound match, senior Tyler Sherfey (No. 19 ranked) scored a 15-4 major decision against Brian Stills to give Boise State a 29-4 lead. No. 16 Nate Lee followed suit at 174-pounds, earning a 14-5 major decision over Fullerton’s Todd Noel. In the final match of the night, No. 4 Kirk Smith earned his 27 win of the season with a 14-2 major decision over Adin Duenas.
The win keeps Boise State undefeated in Pac-10 competition, as well as a perfect at home this season (4-0). The Broncos now turn their attention to Cal Poly (3-7, 0-2), who will face off with Boise State at 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 24) evening in Bronco Gym.
Boise State 37
Cal State Fullerton 4
197 Brent Chriswell (BSU) win by injury forfeit
HWT Kurt Klimek (CSUF) major dec. Sam Zylstra (BSU), 16-5
125 Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Andre Gonzales (CSUF), 12-6
133 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. TJ Dillashaw (CSUF), 12-4
141 Cory Fish (BSU) dec. Adin Duenas (CSUF), 3-2
149 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) win by fall (1:48) Matt Lopez (CSUF)
157 Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. Steven DeLaFuente (CSUF), 14-3
165 Tyler Sherfey (BSU) major dec. Brian Stills (CSUF), 15-4
174 Nate Lee (BSU) major dec. Todd Noel (CSUF), 14-5
184 Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Tim Hawkins (CSUF), 14-2