Broncos Run Past Mustangs, 29-6

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 9 (NWCA/USA Today) ranked Boise State wrestling team made the most of its return home, Sunday (Jan. 23) afternoon, as the Broncos rolled past No. 24 Cal Poly, 29-6, at Taco Bell Arena to improve to 6-2-1 (2-0-1 Pac-10 Conference) on the season.

Boise State, which had not wrestled at home since Nov. 13, won eight matches against the Mustangs including a stretch of six straight to put the team score out of reach. The Broncos scored three major decision victories and one win by technical fall.

Cal Poly captured its only lead of the day in the opening match at 165 pounds. Boise State would answer quickly and never look back however, scoring 20 unanswered points en route to the win.

Jake Swartz, who entered this weekend ranked No. 11 nationally (InterMat), managed to even the team score at 3-3 with a 6-3 decision over Steven Vasquez at 174 pounds. The Broncos would take their first lead of the day, 7-3, next at 184 pounds as No. 1 Kirk Smith beat Kelan Bragg by 14-3 major decision.

Matt Casperson extended the Boise State lead to 10-3 by beating Ryan Smith, 10-5, at 197 pounds. Freshman J.T. Felix earned the first home win of his young career next at heavyweight, taking down Atticus Disney by 7-3 decision.

No. 16 ranked Alan Bartelli pushed the team score to 16-3 with a hard fought 2-0 decision over Brandan Rocha at 125. No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser put the finishing touches on Boise State's 20-0 run with a decisive 16-2 win by major decision over No. 14 Filip Novachkov at 133.

The Mustangs would manage one more win to draw the team total closer at 20-6, but it would come in the most exciting match of the day. Boise State's Levi Jones, who entered the day ranked No. 18 nationally at 141 pounds, took No. 4 Boris Novachkov to the wire in a near upset in match No. 7. Jones and Boris wrestled to a 2-2 deadlock after two periods, and with just 00:20 left in regulation Boris finally scored the decisive two point take down to earn a win by 4-2 decision over Jones.

The match proved to be the last gasp for Cal Poly however, as Boise State responded with two more wins to extend the final team score to 29-6. No. 3 Jason Chamberlain scored his first technical fall victory of the season with a 22-7 (5:08) win over Stephen Thalin at 149 pounds. No. 2 Adam Hall put the finishing touches on the dual with a 14-6 major decision victory against Barrett Abel at 157.

Sunday marked the first of four home duals for the Broncos over the next two weeks. Boise State remains home this week to face Stanford on Friday (Jan. 28). The Broncos will also host Cal State Bakersfield (Feb. 2) and Utah Valley (Feb. 4). All three duals are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

#9 Boise State 29, #24 Cal Poly 6

165 - #17 Ryan DesRoches (CP) dec. Kurt Swartz (BSU) 6-0

174 - #11 Jake Swartz (BSU) dec. Steven Vasquez (CP) 6-2

184 - #1 Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Kelan Bragg (CP) 14-3

197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Ryan Smith (CP) 10-5

HWT - J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Atticus Disney (CP) 7-3

125 - #16 Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Brandan Rocha (CP) 2-0

133 - #2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) major dec. #14 Filip Novachkov (CP) 16-2

141 - #4 Boris Novachkov (CP) dec. #18 Levi Jones (BSU) 4-2

149 - #3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) tech fall Stephen Thalin (CP) 22-7 (5:08)

157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. Barrett Abel (CP) 14-6

Attendance: 607

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