BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The No. 9 (NWCA/USA Today) Boise State (10-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) wrestling team needed all 10 matches to earn a thrilling victory over Cal State Bakersfield (1-5, 1-4), Saturday (Jan. 23) afternoon, as the Broncos took down the Road Runners 21-17 in Bakersfield, Calif. with a major decision win in the final match of the dual.
Boise State opened up the dual with four consecutive wins, giving the Broncos a 14-0 lead. Adam Hall scored first for the Broncos with an 11-3 major decision over Andrew Balch at 157 pounds. Michael Cuthbertson followed that up with an 8-3 decision against Joey Granata in the 165 pound match.
Nate Lee extended the Boise State lead to 10-0 at 174 pounds, wrestling to a 10-7 decision over Trevor Hall. Kirk Smith pushed the Bronco lead out even further, beating Mike Larson in a 16-6 major decision at 184 pounds.
Boise State's lead would start to dwindle through the next five matches, however, as Bakersfield scored a win by decision at 197 pounds and a technical fall at heavyweight.
Alan Bartelli scored crucial points for Boise State in the 125 pound match, beating Frank Lomas 4-1. Boise State would be forced to forfeit the 133 pound match, though, giving six needed points to the Road Runners. Then, in the ensuing 141-pound match, Elijah Nacita evened the score at 17-17 for Bakersfield with a 1-0 decision over Boise State's Eli Hutchison.
With just one match remaining, it was up to Boise State's 149-pounder, Jason Chamberlain, to bring home the victory. Chamberlain was up to the task. He rolled past John Cardenas with an 18-7 major decision to give the Broncos their final lead at 21-17.
With the win, Boise State improved to 2-0 on their three dual road trip in California this weekend. The Broncos next face No. 16 Cal Poly on Sunday (Jan. 24) in San Luis Obispo, Calif. That dual is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. (PST).
Boise State 21, CSU Bakersfield 17
157 - Adam Hall (BSU) maj. dec. Andrew Balch (CSUB), 11-3
165 - Matt Cuthbertson (BSU) dec. Joey Granata (CSUB), 8-3
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Trevor Hall (CSUB), 10-7
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) maj. dec. Mike Larson (CSUB), 16-6
197 - Riley Orozco (CSUB) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU), 8-2
HWT - Mitch Monteiro (CSUB) tech fall Sam Zlystra (BSU), 16-1
125 - Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Frank Lomas (CSUB), 4-1
133 - Justin Durham (CSUB) wins by forfeit
141 - Elijah Nacita (CSUB) dec. Eli Hutchinson (BSU), 1-0
149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) maj. dec. John Cardenas (CSUB), 18-7