BOISE, Idaho The Boise State wrestlers are preparing for their final home stand of the season this weekend as UC-Davis and Stanford travel to Boise for a pair of Pac-10 Conference duals. The Broncos (13-3, 4-0 Pac-10) host the University of California-Davis (7-5, 3-3) on Saturday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. and Stanford (6-12-1, 1-4) on Sunday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m. Both duals will be held in Bronco Gymnasium.
“There’s going to be some important matches that we’ve got to win (this weekend),” Bronco Head Coach Greg Randall said. “Our wrestlers have to perform, beat the guys that they’re supposed to beat and beat somebody they’re not supposed to beat so we can move up (in the Pac-10 rankings).”
Boise State enters the weekend riding a four dual winning streak, including three consecutive Pac-10 wins. The Broncos’ three losses this season have all come against nationally ranked opponents; No. 12 Edinboro (7-2), No. 6 Ohio State (10-2) and No. 2 Iowa State (11-2), according to USA Today/InterMat/NWCA (Feb. 3).
Boise State is currently ranked in the top-11 in three major collegiate wrestling polls. The Broncos are ranked in the top-10 in two different polls. Boise State has received the highest recognition from wrestlingreport.com, which has the Broncos ranked No. 7 as a team with eight different wrestlers ranked individually as well.
Two different Boise State wrestlers have received their highest current national ranking from the Wrestling Report poll this week. Sophomore Brent Chriswell (6-1, 6-1 dual) is the top ranked Bronco at No. 3 in the 197-pound weight class. Senior Cory Fish (13-7, 4-6) received a No. 28 ranking at 141-pounds.
The Broncos also received a No. 7 ranking this week by Wrestling Insider News Magazine. W.I.N. ranked six Boise State wrestlers in their top-20 individual rankings. Two Broncos received their highest national ranking of the week in the poll. Junior Nate Lee (11-3, 9-1) was voted in at No. 12 for 174-pounds this week, while Freshman Jason Chamberlain (14-6, 7-5) is currently No. 15 at 149-pounds.
Boise State received its lowest team ranking this week from USA Today/InterMat/NWCA, which voted the Broncos at No. 11. The poll did have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 20 individually, with senior Tyler Sherfey (19-8, 11-4) receiving his highest national ranking this week in their poll. Sherfey was voted the No. 18 wrestler at 165-pounds.
Three of Boise State’s top wrestlers received nearly complete agreement on their national rankings this week. Sophomore Kirk Smith (28-1, 15-1) received a No. 4 ranking at 184-pounds in all three polls, while Adam Hall (26-3, 14-1) was ranked No. 6 at 157-pounds in all three polls. Andrew Hochstrasser (27-2, 15-1) received a No. 4 ranking by USA Today/InterMat/NWCA and Wrestle Report. He is currently ranked No. 6 by W.I.N. Magazine.
The UC Davis travels to Boise with a 7-5 dual record this season, 3-3 in Pac-10 competition. Last weekend the Aggies earned a big conference win against Oregon State, 22-12, before dropping their second dual of the weekend to Cal State-Fullerton, 22-21.
As of Jan. 22, UC Davis had five wrestlers ranked ahead of Boise State in the Pac-10 rankings. The Aggies are led by senior Tyler Bernacchi, who is the No. 1 ranked 174-pound wrestler in the conference. UC Davis has three wrestlers ranked No. 2 for their weight class; Marcos Orozco (125-pounds), Barrett Abel (149) and Ricky Alcala (285). The final Aggie ranked ahead of Boise State is Nexi Delgado (141), who is ranked No. 5.
Stanford enters this weekend with a 6-12-1 record, 1-4 in Pac-10 action. The Cardinal posted a 2-1 record last weekend with wins over Portland State, 29-12, and Princeton, 31-13, with a 9-25 loss to Oregon State. Before wrestling Boise State on Sunday, Stanford will host Arizona State at home on Friday (Feb. 6).
The Cardinal currently has three wrestlers who are ranked close behind Boise State in the Pac-10 individual rankings. Junior Jake Johnson is the No. 3 wrestler at 184-pounds, while freshman Nick Amuchastegui is currently ranked No. 3 at 165-pounds. Sophmore Max Rosefigura rounds out the group, as he enters the weekend ranked No. 6 at 149-pounds.
Preparing for the Pac-10 tournament
Boise State will conclude its home schedule this Saturday and Sunday before traveling to Oregon for its final conference duals of the season. The Broncos will wrestle at Oregon State and Portland State on Sunday, Feb. 15. Boise State will wrestle OSU at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. and PSU at 7 p.m. in Portland, Ore.
“We’ve got to pick it up in the practice room and we’ve got to peak these guys at the right time for the Pac-10 tournament,” Coach Randall said. “We haven’t really had a chance to peak these guys all at one time. It’s nice to move forward with 10 guys that we believe are going to wrestle at the Pac-10 tournament.”
The Pac-10 tournament is scheduled for March 1-2 in Fullerton, Calif.