BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University wrestling team fought back from an early deficit to win the final six matches and post a 24-13 victory over Oregon State University in Pac-10 Conference action Sunday (Jan. 27) afternoon.
Trailing 13-3 after four matches, the Broncos started their winning streak of individual victories at the 157-pound weight class. Tyler Sherfey, ranked 12th in this week’s Intermat/NWCA/NWMA poll, pinned Dan Brascetta at the 2:49 mark of the match for six team points.
No. 17 ranked Kurt Swartz cut the Beaver lead to just one point when he recorded a 10-3 decision over Keegan Davis at 165 pounds, before Boise State gained the lead for good as Nate Lee won his174-pound match over Chris Platt, 11-6, for a 15-13 Bronco lead.
The Broncos rounded out the match with three more wins by decision from Kirk Smith, Matt Casperson and Nick Smith. Ranked No. 9 at 184 pounds, Kirk Smith recorded a 12-6 win over Kyle Bressler, before Casperson earned a 4-2 decision over Brice Arand at 197 pounds and Nick Smith an 8-3 win at heavyweight.
Casperson’s match was the most exciting of the day as the sophomore from St. George, Utah took Arand down just 20 seconds into the overtime period for a 4-2 victory.
Boise State’s other individual win came at 133 pounds when Cory Fish handed Clifton Ivanoff a 7-1 defeat.
The victory improves Boise State’s overall record to 7-1 and 6-1 in the Pac-10. Oregon State falls to 7-6 and 4-3 in the league.
Next on the Bronco schedule is the team’s final Pac-10 dual of the 2007-08 season on Friday (Feb. 1) at home against Portland State. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. in Bronco Gym.
Following are complete results from the match in the order they were wrestled.
125 Jake Gonzales (OSU) major dec. Anthony Hayes (BSU) 11-3
133 Cory Fish (BSU) dec. Clifton Ivanoff (OSU) 7-1
141 Henrich Barnes (OSU) major dec. Eli Hutchison (BSU) 15-4
149 Kyle Larson (OSU) tech fall Cody Bender (BSU) 15-0
157 Tyler Sherfey (BSU) pin Dan Brascetta (OSU) 2:49
165 Kurt Swartz (BSU) dec. Keegan Davis (OSU) 10-3
174 Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Chris Platt (OSU) 11-6
184 Kirk Smith (BSU) dec. Kyle Bressler (OSU) 12-6
197 Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Brice Arand (OSU) 4-2 OT
HWT Nick Smith (BSU) dec. Travis Gardner (OSU) 8-3