Beauty and the Beast...The Beauty and the Beast is a special evening which showcases both the Bronco wrestling team and the Boise State gymnasts in a joint competition in Taco Bell Arena. While the wrestlers will square off against Oregon State, the gymnastics team will compete in a tri-meet with Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific University.
Both the wrestling dual and gymnastics meet are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as the gymnastics team is promoting a "Pink Out" for the event.
Last time they were out...
Boise State (13-3 overall, 6-0 Pac-10) will look to rebound from a rare loss last weekend when the Broncos meet Oregon State on Friday. The Broncos dropped a heartbreaking upset at Utah Valley University, 22-20, for just their third loss of the season.
The Broncos traveled with a slightly modified starting lineup, but did still have seven regular starters wrestling against the Wolverines. Utah Valley earned upsets at 165 and 174 pounds, which proved to be the difference. Boise State did win at 141, 149, 157, 184 and heavyweight.
Boise State in the national rankings...
Following its' loss at Utah Valley, the Broncos dropped out of the top 10 in two of the major polls this week, which included falling to No. 12 in both the NWCA/USA Today Coaches poll and InterMat poll. Boise State's highest team ranking this week was No. 9 by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine.
W.I.N. also releases a weekly Tournament Power Index, which ranks teams based on their projected finish at the NCAA tournament. Teams are awarded points based on the number of projected All-Americans, and the number of wrestlers expected to finish No. 8-20. This week Boise State finished tied for third with Iowa State (63.5 points) in the W.I.N. TPI.
The Broncos also earned several individual votes in the InterMat top 20, as six wrestlers were ranked this week for their respective weight class. Leading the way once again is junior Kirk Smith (20-0 overall, 15-0 dual), who is currently ranked as the No. 1 184-pound wrestler in the country.
Smith is followed by Andrew Hochstrasser (8-0, 8-0), who is No. 2 at 133 pounds. Adam Hall (23-2, 15-0) was the only Bronco to drop in the polls last week, despite winning both his matches the previous weekend. Hall was No. 2 at 157 pounds, but dropped one spot to No. 3 last week.
Junior Levi Jones (16-3, 12-1) continues to rise in the national rankings as he reached No. 4 in the 141-pound ranking. Jones has made the biggest move in the national rankings of any Bronco this season, as he was unranked in the InterMat preseason poll and started at No. 20 in the first regular season InterMat ranking.
Sophomore Jason Chamberlain (19-7, 11-4) earned the next highest individual ranking for Boise State this week as he was voted No. 6 at 149 pounds. Rounding out the group of Broncos in the top-20 is senior Nate Lee (13-4, 12-3), who is ranked No. 16 at 174 pounds.
Looking at the Beavers...
No. 14 ranked (NWCA/USA Today) Oregon State (18-1 overall, 6-1 Pac-10) travels to Boise on Friday with its eye on revenge, as the Beavers will try and even the score with Boise State after losing their only dual of the season to the Broncos, 25-7, back on Nov. 22.
The Beavers have been strong on the road all season, compiling a 5-0 record away from Corvallis, Ore. OSU has also been dominant against ranked opponents, wrestling to a 3-1 record against top-25 teams.
This week OSU has six different wrestlers ranked in the InterMat top-20 for their respective weight class, including one wrestler ranked in the top-10. Leading the way for the Beavers is Colby Covington, who was voted No. 9 at 174 pounds.
OSU had two wrestlers tie for the next highest individual ranking, as Clayton Jack was No. 13 in the heavyweight division and Keegan Davis was voted No. 13 at 157 pounds.
Rounding out the group for the Beavers ranked in the top-20 is Jason Lara (125 pounds), Kelly Kubec (133) and Mike Mangrum (141). Lara was ranked No. 15 last week, while Kubec was No. 16 and Mangrum was No. 20.