Wrestling Gets Second Chance Against No. 20 Oregon State

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team (3-7, 1-4 Pac-12) will look to extend its current two-match winning streak when Pac-12 foe No. 20 Oregon State (7-2) comes to town for the Broncos' final home dual match of the season, Friday Jan. 27. The first match is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State will be looking to avenge a 32-10 loss to the Beavers in the team's first dual match this season, at Corvallis. Tickets for Friday's event can be purchased at the door ($6 adults, $4 youth/seniors).

Live Coverage - The Boise State-Oregon State contest will be streamed live at www.broncosports.com for premium subscribers. You can also track broncowrestling on twitter with live updates of the event by following @broncosportswre.

Bronco Competitors - The projected Boise State lineup includes: Landon Hartley (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Michael Cuthbertson (165) Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Brent Chriswell (197) and J.T. Felix (285).

Senior Night - Before the match, Boise State wrestling will honor Chris Givens and Derek Toney, two seniors who will be introduced for the last time at Taco Bell Arena as members of the Bronco wrestling team.

Scouting the Competition
No. 20 Oregon State Beavers - Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Oregon State comes into Friday's match with a 7-2 overall record, including a 4-0 mark in conference. In each of the Beavers' Pac-12 contests, they have walked away with a margin of victory of 14 points or greater. Five members of the projected lineup are ranked in Intermat's top 20, led by Mike Mangrum (141) and Clayton Jack (285) who rank fourth and fifth, respectively. RJ Pena (157) and Taylor Meeks (197) are slotted as 17th in the nation while Scott Sakaguchi (149) is 18th.

Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the ninthth-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.

Junior transfer George Ivanov, who leads the team in wins (18), joins Swartz in the top 25, moving up two spots from last week to the No. 14 position at 157 pounds.

What Happened Last Time - The Boise State wrestling team is propelled by a weekend where the team earned its first back-to-back wins of the season. The Broncos made an improbable comeback against North Dakota State, Friday to win 21-16. The squad's heavyweights dominated the match, highlighted by Brent Chriswell's first-round pin of John Gusewelle to give Boise State its first lead of the match.

The Broncos completed the successful weekend with a less dramatic win over Northern Colorado, Sunday, winning eight of 10 bouts to finish the match up 30-6. 

Reaching A Milestone - Head Coach Greg Randall notched his 100th win as Boise State head coach with team's win against North Dakota State at the 2012 Beauty and the Beast Event, Jan. 20. Randall holds a 101-39-1 record and is in his 10th season as head coach. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.

2011-12 Squad - This season's team is loaded with new talent as 12 true freshman make up Boise State's 29 roster spots. The Broncos also welcome sophomore Cody Dixon and junior-transfer George Ivanov, who make a total of 14 newcomers to the program. The Orange and Blue also return four redshirt freshman this year, which gives a total of 18 student-athletes the opportunity to wrestle in their first official match as a member of the Bronco squad this season. While new faces make up most of the Bronco roster, returners Jake Swartz, J.T. Felix and Brent Chriswell look to guide the team to a successful 2011-12 season.