Wrestlers Host Oregon State in Border War

Feb. 5, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S BREAKDOWN: The Boise State wrestling team will host its final dual of the 2013-14 season Friday at Bronco Gym, squaring off against Pacific-12 Conference rival Oregon State in The Border War.

The Broncos (3-7, 2-3 Pac-12) and Beavers (9-5, 3-1 Pac-12) are slated to hit the mat at 7 p.m.

THE BORDER WAR: The Broncos will be looking to retain possession of The Border Axe, a wooden trophy created by a former Boise State wrestler in 2009. The Border Axe has changed hands just twice since its inception.

Earlier this season, the Broncos upset then-No. 6 Oregon State at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., knocking off the Beavers 19-18, Nov. 24. After falling behind 15-3, the Broncos stormed back, winning four of the last five matches to knock off the defending Pac-12 champions in their first league dual of the season.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). Check out Facebook.com/BoiseStateBroncos to find out how to get a $3 ticket. As always, students gain free entrance with a valid Boise State Student Identification Card.

Tickets can be purchased at Taco Bell Arena the day of the match.

WATCH LIVE: The dual with Oregon State will be streamed live online for free at BroncoSports.com/videos.

BATTLING IT OUT: The Broncos and Beavers have combined to win each of the last seven Pac-12 Championships, with Boise State winning three and Oregon State winning four - including each of the last two. Since joining the Pac-12 for the 1987-88 season, the Broncos have won six conference championships.

PROJECTED LINE-UP: The following is Boise State's line-up for this week's dual:

125 ... Rami Haddadin
133 ... Ben DeMeulle
141 ... Brian Owen
149 ... Chris Castillo
157 ... Steven Hernandez
165 ... Holden Packard
174 ... Austin Dewey
184 ... Jake Swartz
197 ... Cody Dixon
285 ... J.T. Felix

IN THE RANKINGS: Boise State currently ranks 29th in the InterMat College Rankings (Feb. 4), and No. 34 in WIN's Tournament Power Index (Feb. 3).

Individually, Jake Swartz (184) is ranked seventh-nationally by both InterMat and Amateur Wrestling News, and eighth-nationally by WIN Magazine; and J.T. Felix (285) is ranked ninth-nationally by both InterMat and AWN, and 10th-nationally by WIN.

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