BOISE, Idaho - The No. 9 ranked Boise State wrestling team put the finishing touches on a near perfect record against Pac-10 Conference competition, Wednesday (Feb. 2), as the Broncos beat Cal State Bakersfield 34-9 to finish their conference schedule without a Pac-10 loss for the third consecutive season.
With the win Wednesday night, Boise State (9-2-1 overall) improved to 5-0-1 against Pac-10 competition this season with their only stumble coming in an 18-18 tie against Oregon State on Nov. 13. Since then the Broncos have won five consecutive duals to improve to 20-0-1 against conference opponents over the past three seasons.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season Boise State is 27-1-1, with their only loss coming to Cal State Fullerton, 13-19, on Jan. 11, 2008. That is the last time the Broncos fell in a conference dual.
Boise State made its presence felt early against CSUB as the Broncos won three of the first four matches by fall to open an early 22-0 lead against the Roadrunners. Starting the dual at 133 pounds, No. 2 ranked Andrew Hochstrasser needed just under two periods to give Boise State the early lead. Hochstrasser pinned Frank Lomas at the 4:53 mark to give the Broncos a 6-0 advantage.
No. 15 Levi Jones followed suit next at 141 pounds as he got Jose Mendoza on his back midway through the first period to score a win by fall just 1:39 into the match. Jason Chamberlain would record a major decision victory at 149 pounds to extend the Boise State lead to 16-0. No. 2 ranked Chamberlain beat John Cardenas 25-12 to improve to 20-0 on the season.
No. 2 Adam Hall put the finishing touches on a dominant start by the Broncos as he pinned Andrew Balch at the 4:39 mark of the 157-pound match to push the team score to 22-0.
Kurt Swartz would earn Boise State's fifth win of the night next at 165 pounds as he edged out Trevor Hall for the 8-6 decision. After entering the final period deadlocked at 6-6, Swartz scored a one point escape and went on to score one point for riding time to earn the 8-6 victory.
The Roadrunners would answer with their first win of the night at 174 pounds, but the victory did little to slow the Broncos' momentum. No. 1 Kirk Smith earned his seventh win (7-0) of the season with a 9-2 decision against Troy Goodban at 184 pounds to give Boise State a 25-6 lead in the dual.
No. 2 Matt Casperson extended the team score to 31-6 as he held off Riley Orozco, 2-1, at 197 pounds. Casperson and Orozco wrestled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation but the riding time advantage gave Casperson the go-ahead point.
CSUB would respond with one more win at heavyweight, but it was Boise State that would answer the final call with a win at 125 pounds to close the dual. No. 14 ranked Alan Bartelli needed an extra period to do so, but he scored a two point take down with just 00:04 left in the first sudden death overtime to earn a 3-1 decision over Tyler Iwamura.
Boise State is now down to its final two duals of the season, including its home finale on Friday (Feb. 4) against Utah Valley. The Broncos will face the Wolverines while the Boise State gymnastics team competes against Cal State Fullerton, simultaneously, in the Beauty and the Beast event. Beauty and the Beast is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
#9 Boise State 34, Cal State Bakersfield 9
133 - #2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) fall Frank Lomas (CSUB) 4:53
141 - #15 Levi Jones (BSU) fall Jose Mendoza (CSUB) 1:39
149 - #2 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) major dec. John Cardenas (CSUB) 25-12
157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) fall Andrew Balch (CSUB) 4:39
165 - Kurt Swartz (BSU) dec. Trevor Hall (CSUB) 8-6
174 - Joey Granata (CSUB) fall #14 Jake Swartz (BSU) 5:35
184 - #1 Kirk Smith (BSU) dec. Troy Goodban (CSUB) 9-2
197 - #20 Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Riley Orozco (CSUB) 2-1
HWT - David Morgan (CSUB) dec. J.T. Felix (BSU) 2-1 OT
125 - #14 Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Tyler Iwamura (CSUB) 3-1 OT