White, Cherrington Named All-Century
Feb. 23, 2016

Pac-12 All-Century Team

SAN FRANCISCO – Former Boise State wrestlers Kirk White and Ben Cherrington were named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team, released Monday evening on the Pac-12 Sports Report.

The team is comprised of 28 wrestlers – two at each of the 10 weight classes plus eight wild cards – and were voted on by a panel of 20 experts, including coaches, wrestlers, administrators and members of the media.

White (1997-2001) and Cherrington (2002-06) each won national championships at Boise State, the only two wrestlers in school history to accomplish the feat.

“I would like to congratulate Kirk White and Ben Cherrington on making the Pac-12 All-Century Team,” Boise State head coach Greg Randall said. “After reading through the list of others that made the team, it is truly a great honor, and well deserved for these former Broncos.

“In a short time since joining the Pac-12, the Boise State wrestling program has had a number of great individuals compete, and these two young men set the standard for the future of others competing as Boise State wrestlers.”

White was inducted into the Boise State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007, and at the time was one of only five student-athletes in school history to win an individual NCAA title. His championship came during his sophomore season, winning the 165-pound weight class on the heels of a 38-1 campaign.

He went on to finish fifth in his weight class at the 2000 national championships, and sixth as a senior in 2001 to earn two more All-America awards and become the only three-time NCAA All-American in Bronco wrestling history. White won more than 20 matches each of his four seasons of competition at Boise State, posting a record of 27-6 as a freshman, 38-1 his sophomore season, 20-8 as a junior and a 29-6 mark his senior year to finish his career with an overall record of 114-21 and an .844 winning percentage.

“Being named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team is a tremendous honor,” White said. “There were many great and deserving wrestlers who were not selected, some of whom I had the pleasure to coach during my tenure at Boise State. However, the honor is especially meaningful to me because I am joined by my former coach, Mike Davies, as well as a wrestler that I coached, Ben Cherrington, on this prestigious team. Thanks so much to all who helped me achieve along the way.”

Cherrington, the first Bronco to earn Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year honors in 2006, capped a perfect season during his senior year (2005-06), becoming just the second Boise State wrestler in school history to win an individual national championship. Following an early-season injury which kept him out of the line-up until midway through his final season, Cherrington was unbeatable once he stepped back on the mat, posting a 20-0 record on his way to the 157-pound title at the NCAA Tournament.

Cherrington dominated his opponents during his undefeated season, winning three matches by pin, three by technical fall and six by major decision. Along the way to his national title, Cherrington also recorded his second-straight Pac-10 Championship. His first came in in 2005 at the 149-pound weight class.

Cherrington qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years of his collegiate career. His overall collegiate record was 93-32, including a mark of 54-8 (.871) his final two seasons.

“To be placed on a list with all the names that made this team is a true honor,” Cherrington said. “There are a lot of tremendous wrestling accomplishments among the names listed, and to be among them is a pretty special deal. The opportunity to represent Boise State along with Kirk is very special. He is a friend, a coach and a guy that had a tremendous impact on my career at Boise State.

“Without the support of my family, coaches, teammates, the ISMI staff and fans throughout my career, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to accomplish what I did, so this award is as much theirs as it is mine."

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