OREM, Utah - The No. 8 Boise State wrestling team suffered a surprise upset, Friday night (Feb. 5), losing a 22-20 heart breaker against Utah Valley University in Orem Utah.
The Broncos (13-3 overall, 6-0 Pac-10) traveled with seven regular starters, but upsets at 165 and 174 pounds gave the Wolverines (8-2 overall) the edge in the dual. Boise State found itself in a hole early, losing by major decision at 125 pounds and by fall at 133 pounds.
The Broncos finally got on the score board at 141 pounds at Eli Hutchison recorded a 7-2 decision over Jeff Newby. He was followed by No. 6 Jason Chamberlain who earned a 13-5 major decision against Justin Morrill in the 149-pound match.
No. 3 ranked Adam Hall gave Boise State its' first lead of the dual, 11-10, at 157 pounds with a 17-4 major decision over Clay Frost.
That lead would be short lived, however, as the Broncos suffered back-to-back losses at 165 and 174.
No. 1 Kirk Smith narrowed the gap for Boise State with a win by fall (4:00) against Monte Schmalhaus in the 184-pound match. With the dual score at 19-17 heading into the 197-pound match, UVU capitalized, as Josh Wood beat Levi Holt with a 13-8 decision to give the Wolverines a 22-17 lead.
The Broncos would have one last chance for a comeback, but while Boise State's Sam Zylstra scored a 6-4 decision in the heavy weight match, it wouldn't score the Broncos enough points to narrow the final margin.
Boise State will look to rebound from the loss as the Broncos return home this week for their final regular season dual when they host Oregon State next Friday (Feb. 12) in the Beauty and the Beast Competition.The dual is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State 20, Utah Valley 22
125 - Ben Kjar (UVU) major dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 14-3
133 - Flint Ray (UVU) fall Mark Bleuze (BSU) (6:33) 10 0
141 - Eli Hutchison (BSU) dec. Jeff Newby (UVU) 7-2
149 - No. 6 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) major dec Justin Morrill (UVU) 13-5
157 - No. 3 Adam Hall (BSU) major dec Clay Frost (UVU) 17-4
165 - Jeb Clark (UVU) fall (2:34) Michael Cuthbertson (BSU)
174 - Brad Darrington (UVU) dec. No. 11 Nate Lee (BSU) 7-6
184 - No. 1 Kirk Smith (BSU) fall (4:00) Monte Schmalhaus (UVU)
197 - Josh Wood (UVU) dec. Levi Holt (BSU) 13-8
HWT - Sam Zylstra (BSU) dec. Casen Eldredge (UVU) 6-4