BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University wrestling team can now set their sights on No. 1 ranked University of Iowa after the Broncos sweep NAIA powers Montana State University-Northern and the University of Great Falls on Friday (Feb. 8).

            In a double-dual match held at Bronco Gym, Boise State handed MSU-Northern a 38-8 defeat, before posting a 26-12 win over Great Falls 26-12.  MSU-Northern is ranked sixth in the latest NAIA poll, while Great Falls is No. 2. 

The victories improve Boise State’s dual match record of 10-1 as the Broncos now prepare for their Sunday (Feb. 10) match against the top ranked Hawkeyes.  The match begins at Noon (MT) in Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State had little trouble with MSU-Northern losing only two matches.  Pins by Cory Fish and Johnny Nunez led the Broncos to victory.  Fish pinned Beau LaSalle at the 1:50 mark of his 133 pound match, while it took Nunez just 37 seconds to pin Austin Ouellette at 165 pounds. 

Matt Casperson added a technical fall win (17-0) over Colter Dimas at 197 pounds to help propel the Broncos to victory over MSU-Northern.

In the Great Falls match, the visiting Argos won three of the first four matches to gain a 12-4 lead before Tyler Sherfey set the tone for the rest of the night for the Broncos.

Sherfey faced Wayne French, who is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and who had handed Sherfey a 4-3 defeat back in November at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyoming.  The two battle to a 4-4 tie through the first four minutes of the match before Sherfey scored three straight points on his way to a 14-6 major decision,

Following three straight decisions by Bronco wrestlers by Kurt Swartz (165 pounds), Nate Lee (174) and Kirk Smith (184), Casperson clinch the win for Boise State when he pinned Alex Calvi at the 2:21 mark of the 197 pound match. 

Sunday’s match against Iowa will mark the first time in Bronco wrestling history the No. 1 team in the country will visit Boise.  The Hawkeyes are 16-1 in duals this year, prior to its match at Arizona State University on Friday (Feb. 8).  Iowa’s only loss this year is to Oklahoma State University, 19-14, back on January 1.

Iowa has a wrestler listed in every weight class except 197 pounds in this week’s InterMat/NWCA/NWMA rankings.  Two are No. 1 Brent Metcalf at 149 pounds and Mark Perry at 165 pounds.

Following are complete results from Friday’s two matches.


Boise State 38, MSU-Northern 8

125 Corey Borges (MSU-N) tech fall Alan Bartelli (BSU) 15-0

133 Cory Fish (BSU) pin Beau LaSalle (MSU-N) 1:50

141 Eli Hutchison (BSU) dec. Colt Heger (MSU-N) 1-0

149 Mike McPeak (MSU-N) dec. Josh Baker (BSU) 9-3

157 Tyler Sherfey (BSU) major dec. Byron Kuylen (MSU-N) 15-2

165 Johnny Nunez (BSU) pin Austin Ouellette (MSU-N) 0:37

174 Nate Lee win by forfeit

184 Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Chris Thompson (MSU-N) 9-0

197 Matt Casperson (BSU) tech fall Colter Dimas (MSU-N) 17-0

HWT Sam Zylstra (BSU) major dec. Robbie Shaw (MSU-N) 8-0



Boise State 26, Great Falls 12

125 Forest Bogue (GF) dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 7-4

133 Cory Fish (BSU) major dec. Jason Harrington (GF) 13-4

141 Spencer Griffiths (GF) dec. Eli Hutchison (BSU) 3-2

149 Ross Mosher (GF) pin Cody Bender (BSU) 1:50

157 Tyler Sherfey (BSU) major dec. Wayne French (GF) 14-6

165 Kurt Swartz (BSU) dec. Michael French (GF) 2-0

174 Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Ryan Smith (GF) 5-2

184 Kirk Smith (BSU) dec. Mike Kummer (GF) 5-2

197 Matt Casperson (BSU) pin Alex Calvi (GF) 2:21

HWT Nick Smith (BSU) dec. Brad Fraser (GF) 4-1

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