BOISE, Idaho The No. 10 ranked Boise State wrestling team (USA Today/InterMat/NWCA) will hit the road this weekend to embark on one final Pac-10 Conference test. The Broncos (15-3 overall, 6-0 Pac-10) are set to face Oregon State (10-7, 6-2) Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. Immediately after, they will travel north to face Portland State (6-8, 1-5) at 7 p.m. in Portland, Ore., which will be the Broncos’ final regular season dual of the year.
The Broncos look to remain perfect in Pac-10 action, while preparing for the conference tournament which is scheduled for March 1-2 in Fullerton, Calif. Boise State enters this weekend having won six consecutive duals, including five straight against Pac-10 opponents. The Broncos’ other conference win this season came against Oregon State back on Dec. 12 in Boise. That meeting was won by the Broncos, 25-13.
Boise State’s success has continued to earn the Broncos national recognition, both as a team and individually. This week the Broncos moved up one spot from No. 11 in the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA poll. They are also ranked No. 7 by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine and No. 8 by wrestlingreport.com.
The Broncos have seven wrestlers currently ranked in the top 20 by USA Today/InterMat/NWCA. For the fifth consecutive week, sophomores Kirk Smith (30-1, 17-1 dual), Andrew Hochstrasser (28-2, 16-1), Adam Hall (28-3, 16-1) and Brent Chriswell (8-1, 8-1) have all been voted in the top 10 for their respective weight class. Smith (184-pounds) and Hochstrasser (133) are currently ranked No. 4, while Chriswell (197) is No. 5 and Hall (157) is No. 6.
Rounding out the group of Broncos currently ranked is Jason Chamberlain (16-6, 9-5), Tyler Sherfey (21-8, 13-4) and Nate Lee (13-3, 11-1). Chamberlain is ranked No. 17 at 149-pounds, while Sherfey is No. 18 at 165-pounds and Lee is No. 12 at 174-pounds.
The Beavers enter their final Pac-10 dual of the season looking to avenge a loss to the Broncos back in December. Oregon State will try to use its recent success to propel them to an upset. The Beavers have won seven of their last 10 duals, including six of their last seven. In their last outing, Sunday (Feb. 8), the Beavers beat Arizona State 19-13.
In the first meeting this season between Oregon State and Boise State, the Beavers earned wins in the 149-pound, 197-pound and Heavyweight matches. Last time they met, Boise State’s Jason Chamberlain lost to Heinrich Barnes (No. 16 nationally ranked) in a 12-4 major decision at 149-pounds. At 197-pounds, Chad Hanke beat Bronco freshman Jacob Neumann by major decision, 13-4. In the heavyweight match, Clayton Jack beat Boise State’s Sam Zylstra by technical fall, 17-2.
Portland State enters this weekend on the heels of a less than perfect 2008-09 campaign. The Vikings are 6-8 in duals this season and just 1-5 in Pac-10 competition. Their only conference win of the season came against Stanford back on Jan. 30 when they defeated the Cardinal, 29-12.
The Vikings will face South Dakota State on Friday, Feb. 13, before hosting the Broncos Sunday night.
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For fans hoping to keep up with the action this weekend, the Broncos’ dual at Oregon State can be followed via live stats at http://www.nwcaonline.com/nwcaonline/results/ColScorebook/CompetitionResult.aspx?ID=320870&ID2=30049&ResultID=-1&Mode=Live.