BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University wrestling team has a busy weekend ahead of them as the team competes in four Pac-10 Conference matches, in four different cities and drive 589 miles all in a 32 hour time frame.
It begins Friday (Jan. 26) on the Boise State campus when the Broncos host Cal State Fullerton in Bronco Gym beginning at 5:00 p.m. The start has been moved up two hours from the original time of 7:00 p.m. as to not conflict with a concert also being held Friday evening in Taco Bell Arena. Due to the concert, free parking for wrestling fans will be the university lot located south the recreation center just off of Beacon.
Following the match, the wrestlers will immediately drive 437 miles to Oregon City, Oregon, where they will face Portland State University in a 1:00 p.m. (PT) match on Saturday (Jan. 27) just 19 hours after their Cal State Fullerton match ended.
When the Portland State match is over at approximately 3:00 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, Boise State will have four hours to drive 107 miles down Interstate 5 to Eugene for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) match against the University of Oregon.
After the Oregon match, Boise State will have 15 hours to rest up and then drive 45 miles back up I-5 to Corvallis for a match against 19th ranked Oregon State University at Noon (PT) on Sunday (Jan. 28).
Once the Oregon State match is completed at approximately 2:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, the Bronco wrestlers will then drive the final 444 miles from Corvallis, back to Boise to complete its 1,033 round trip sometime late Sunday evening all in less than 48 hours.
The Broncos begin the string of matches with an overall dual match record of 5-2, and 1-1 in league matches. The team is led by sophomores Andy Patrick and Tyler Sherfey, both listed in this week’s USA Today/InterMat/NWCA rankings.
Patrick is 26-6 in his heavyweight matches this season and is ranked seventh nationally, and third in this week’s Pac-10 rankings. Sherfey is just one victory short of Patrick’s mark with a 25-6 record and a 15th place ranking in the 157-pound weight class. He is ranked fourth in the conference.
Cal State Fullerton brings a 4-6 dual match record, and a 2-5 league mark into Friday’s match. Portland State begins the weekend with a 1-7 record, Oregon with a 2-5 record and the Beavers with a dual match record of 9-1 with its only loss to 18th ranked Tennessee Chattanooga.
Boise State will take a two week break following this weekend’s long road trip before hosting its final two home matches of the season on Feb. 9 (Friday) against UC Davis at 5:00 p.m. and Stanford at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will be in Taco Bell Arena, and will be part of Boise State’s annual “Beauty and the Beast” event with the women’s gymnastics team. The gymnasts will host Southern Utah in their match that evening.