Broncos Face Tough Weekend Ahead

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BOISE, Idaho - The No. 10 ranked (NWCA/USA Today) Boise State wrestling team faces another big test in Pac-10 Conference action this weekend as the Broncos are set to host Stanford, Friday (Jan. 28), before traveling to Corvallis, Ore. to meet Oregon State, Sunday (Jan. 30).

Boise State (6-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 Pac-10) will square off with Stanford (7-7, 2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Taco Bell Arena. This marks the first meeting between the two teams this season.

The Broncos are then scheduled to face No. 20 Oregon State (8-4-2, 2-1-1) at 2 p.m. (PST) on Sunday. This will be the third meeting between Boise State and the Beavers this season. The two teams tied their first meeting, 18-18, back on Nov. 13 in Boise. The Broncos got the best of Oregon State in their second meeting on Jan. 8, with a 24-12 win over the Beavers at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

Live stats and video will be available for Sunday's match via www.osubeavers.com.

Last time out...

Boise State returned to Boise for its first home dual since early November last Sunday (Jan. 23) and the Broncos wasted little time giving their fans reason to cheer as the Broncos took down No. 24 Cal Poly 29-6 at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State won eight matches against the Mustangs including a stretch of six straight to blow the dual wide open. Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Adam Hall (157) and Kirk Smith (184) all scored major decision victories, while Jason Chamberlain (149) won his match by technical fall.

National Rankings...

Boise State heads into the weekend ranked No. 10 in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll, dropping one spot from last week. The Broncos began the season ranked No. 2 in the coaches' poll but have slipped eight spots due to two losses and one tie on the season.

Boise State did manage to remain near the top of the intermatwrestle.com rankings this week however, coming in at No. 3 (76.0 points) for the third consecutive week. The Broncos trail Penn State and Cornell. Penn State secured the No. 1 overall ranking with 88.5 points for the first time all season after No. 2 Cornell (84.5) suffered its first loss of the season, 17-15, to No. 14 Lehigh.

Boise State continues to have seven wrestlers ranked invidually by InterMat, including four ranked in the top three for their respective weight class. Smith leads the way for the Broncos as the No. 1 ranked 184-pound wrestler in the country. He is followed by Hochstrasser and Hall who are both currently ranked No. 2; and Chamberlain who is ranked No. 3.

Rounding out the group of nationally ranked Broncos is Jake Swartz, Alan Bartelli and Levi Jones. Swartz was voted No. 11 at 174 pounds this week, while Bartelli is No. 15 at 125 and Jones is No. 18 at 141.

Looking at the Cardinal...

Stanford travels to Boise this week looking to rebound from a 35-6 loss at Oregon State last Sunday (Jan. 23) to drop to 2-1 in Pac-10 competition. The Cardinal had won five of six matches prior to falling at Oregon State, but is just 7-7 overall this season.

Stanford has two wrestlers currently ranked nationally by InterMat with Nick Amuchastegui and Zack Giesen. Amuchastegui is currently No. 7 at 174 pounds while Giesen is No. 13 at 197.

Looking at the Beavers...

Oregon State will host the Broncos with an 8-4-2 overall record including a 2-1-1 record against Pac-10 opponents. The Beavers suffered a big conference loss last Friday (Jan. 21) as they fell to Cal Poly, 15-18, in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State enters this weekend with six wrestlers currently ranked nationally by InterMat, including one that remains in the top 10 this week. Colby Covington leads the way for the Beavers with a No. 6 ranking at 174 pounds. He is followed by No. 11 Mike Mangrum (141), No. 15 Garrett Drucker (133), No. 16 Clayton Jack (Heavyweight), No. 18 Chad Hanke (197) and No. 20 Scott Sakaguchi (149).

The Century Mark...

The magic number for Boise State this season seems to be 100, with multiple wrestlers and head coach Greg Randall all eying 100 wins. Hall reached the century mark for career wins at Boise State while competing at the Reno Tournament of Champions in December. He currently boasts a 110-19 career record at Boise State.

Smith moved a few steps closer to the 100 win mark himself with three wins at the National Duals early this month. After a major decision victory against Cal Poly last weekend Smith is now 98-10 in three seasons with the Broncos. He could reach 100 wins this weekend against Stanford and Oregon State.

Randall also has 100 wins in his sights as he improved to 94-31-1 overall in nine seasons at Boise State. With only five remaining duals on the schedule Randall will be able to come close, but not reach the 100 win plateau this season.