Wrestling Set to Host Pac-12 Championships
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State will welcome its five conference foes to Taco Bell Arena for the 2012 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships, Sunday, Feb. 26. The six-team tournament will be broken into two sessions; the first starting at 11 a.m. (MT) while Session II is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Tournament seeding will be finalized Saturday and posted to broncosports.com.
Live Coverage - A live bracket and results will be available at: http://www.broncosports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9900&ATCLID=205384724
Live video will also be available free of charge at: http://www.broncosports.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9900
What's At Stake - The individual championship for each of the 10 weight classes is not the only thing at stake on Sunday: individual wrestlers are !ghting for good positioning for the national at-large selection to earn a trip to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships held March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo. The 40 at-large quali!ers will be announced by the NCAA on March 7.
The NCAA has announced how many wrestlers per weight class from the Pac-12 will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis:125-2, 133-2, 141-2, 149-1, 157-2, 165-1, 174-2, 184-2, 197-3 and HWT-2. The league has a total of 19 automatic quali!ers available based on Sunday's results.
10 a.m. - Taco Bell Arena doors open
11 a.m. - Session I begins
2 p.m. - Arena cleared at the end of Session I
3 p.m. - Taco Bell Arena doors open
4 p.m. - Session II begins
5:30 p.m. - Grand March
5:50 p.m. - Championship/Consolation Finals
7 p.m. - Awards
Arena Info and Parking - Spectator parking will be located between Taco Bell Arena and Bronco Stadium. The cost to park is $5 per vehicle. For more information about Taco Bell Arena, visit http://tacobellarena.com/.
Ticket Information - Tickets can be purchased in advance of the event at www.idahotickets.com. It is recommended that fans by their tickets to avoid long box office lines at the door. The ticket office will open at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. All tickets will be general admission.
General Admission All-Session Pass: $30.00
Child/Student/Senior All-Session Pass: $20.00
Single Sessions I or II:
General Admission: $20.00
Bronco Competitors - The Boise State lineup will include: Landon Hartley (125), Brian Owen (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Holden Packard (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Brent Chriswell (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
A Tradition of Excellence - Boise State has won six Pac-10 titles in the program's history and three of the last four (2011, 2009, 2008). Oregon State won the team title in 2010 and 2007. Arizona State is the last school to take home the trophy, doing so in 2006.
Scouting the Competition - Three Pac-12 teams were ranked in the latest Intermat tournament strength index. Stanford was the highest seeded Pac-12 squad coming in at No. 15, while Oregon State and Cal Poly came in at No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. The Pac-12 boasts 14 individually ranked wrestlers three of which hail from Boise State.
Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the 10th-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.
Junior transfer George Ivanov, who leads the team in wins (19), joins Swartz in the top 25, falling a spot from last week to the No. 14 position at 157 pounds.
Redshirt junior Brent Chriswell has broken into the rankings for the first time this season, claiming the No. 20 spot at 197 pounds.
What Happened Last Time - The Boise State wrestling team split two matches its last time out at the National Duals Regional in Stillwater, Okla., Feb. 12. The Broncos fell in the first round to No. 7 Ohio State 26-9 before topping Chattanooga 25-17. George Ivanov, Brent Chriswell and J.T. Felix each picked up two wins for the Broncos.
Reaching A Milestone - Head Coach Greg Randall notched his 100th win as Boise State head coach with team's win against North Dakota State at the 2012 Beauty and the Beast Event, Jan. 20. Randall holds a 101-40-1 record and is in his 10th season as head coach. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.
The "Biggest Little" Upset - George Ivanov, a junior-transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, recently fell out of the Intermat rankings, but redeemed himself by taking down three wrestlers with top-20 rankings at the 157-pound weight class at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 18. After winning in the first two rounds, Ivanov knocked off No. 12 Albert White in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal matchup, he faced Oregon State's R.J. Pena who entered the match ranked 16th in the nation. Ivanov pinned the Pac-12 foe in 4:42. The magical run concluded with a matchup against the No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked Justin Lister of Binghamton. Ivanov pulled off the upset in a 5-3 decision, completing the five-bout win streak to stand atop the podium.
2011-12 Team - This season's team is loaded with new talent as 12 true freshman make up Boise State's 29 roster spots. The Broncos also welcome sophomore Cody Dixon and junior-transfer George Ivanov, who make a total of 14 newcomers to the program. The Orange and Blue also return four redshirt freshman this year, which gives a total of 18 student-athletes the opportunity to wrestle in their first official match as a member of the Bronco squad this season. While new faces make up most of the Bronco roster, returners Jake Swartz, J.T. Felix and Brent Chriswell look to guide the team to a successful 2011-12 season.
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