BOISE, Idaho Coming off a dominating showing by the Boise State wrestling team (13-3, 4-0 Pac-10) last weekend, the Broncos are receiving high praise from multiple wrestling publications around the country. After beating Cal State Fullerton 37-4 and Cal Poly 41-0 last Friday and Saturday (Jan. 23-24), the Broncos earned top 10 rankings in two national polls, and a No. 11 ranking in another.
Wrestlingreport.com announced its newest Division I Team Rankings, Tuesday (Jan. 27), which has Boise State ranked No. 6 nationally. The poll is based on a projection of how each team would finish at the NCAA national tournament in March, based on the performance of each team’s individual wrestlers.
Boise State has nine wrestlers ranked in the top 32 for their individual weight class, including seven ranked in the top 20. Sophomore Brent Chriswell (6-1 overall, 6-1 dual) is currently the highest ranked Bronco in the poll (No. 3) at 197-pounds. Kirk Smith (28-1, 15-1) and Andrew Hochstrasser (27-2, 15-1) are ranked close behind (No. 4) at 184 and 133-pounds, respectively.
Adam Hall (26-3, 14-1) is the final Bronco ranked in the top 10, as he is currently ranked No. 6 at 157-pounds. Rounding out the group of Broncos ranked in the top 20 is Jason Chamberlain (14-6, 7-5), Tyler Sherfey (19-8, 11-4) and Nate Lee (11-3, 9-1). Chamberlain is ranked No. 17 (149-pounds), while Sherfey (165) and Lee (174) are both ranked No. 18.
The final two broncos ranked by Wrestling Report are Cory Fish (13-7, 4-6) and Allen Bartelli (14-12, 4-4). Fish is currently ranked No. 28 at 141-pounds, while Bartelli is ranked No. 32 at 125-pounds.
Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine
On Monday, Jan. 26, Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine announced its latest Division I team and individual rankings, as well as a team projection for the NCAA national tournament. Boise State earned a No. 7 team ranking and was projected to finish eighth at the national tournament (44 points), according to WIN’s Tournament Power Index. The TPI is based on a point system, which is also based on the rankings of individual wrestlers.
WIN also ranked six Boise State wrestlers in its top 20, four of which are ranked in the top 10. Smith is currently the highest ranked Bronco in the WIN poll, with a No. 4 ranking at 184-pounds. Hochstrasser was voted at No. 5 this week, while Hall and Chriswell both earned No. 6 rankings.
Rounding out the ranked Bronco wrestlers are Chamberlain and Lee. Chamberlain is currently ranked No. 16, while Lee is No. 12.
Boise State’s third top-20 ranking this week came from the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA Division I Team Rankings, which voted the Broncos at No. 11 on Tuesday. Despite sweeping Fullerton and Cal Poly last weekend, Boise State dropped one spot in the poll from last week.
For the second consecutive week Boise State has seven wrestlers ranked in the poll’s individual top 20. Hochstrasser and Smith lead the way once again, as both are ranked No. 4 for their weight classes. Chriswell and Hall are also both currently ranked in the top 10, being voted in at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Lee, Chamberlain and Sherfey are all currently ranked in the top 20 as well. Lee was voted No. 13, while Sherfey and Chamberlain both earned No. 17 rankings.
Finishing up at home
Boise State is in the middle of a two week lay-off and is preparing for its final two home duals of the season. The Broncos host UC Davis at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, and Stanford at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Bronco Gymnasium. Boise State will then travel to Oregon State and Portland State, Feb. 15, to finish up its Pac-10 Conference schedule.
The Pac-10 tournament is scheduled for March 1-2 and will be held in Fullerton, Calif. The Broncos will then set their sights on the NCAA National Championships, which will be held in St. Louis, Mo., March 19-21.