BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Boise State University will send three wrestlers to the NCAA National Championships after Nate Lee and Tyler Sherfey both captured third place, in their respective weight classes, and heavyweight Andy Patrick received a wilde card berth at the Pacific-10 Championships at Bakersfield, Calif., Sunday.
Sherfey avenged a Jan.4, loss to Cal Poly’s Chase Pami by pinning him at the 2:53 mark of the first round, to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships at 157 lbs. This marks back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships for Sherfey after he qualified at 149 lbs. last season. Sherfey also won the Pac-10 award for Most Falls at the championships with two.
Lee defeated Luke Feist by decision for the second consecutive match to earn his ticket to the NCAA Championships at Auburn Hills, Mich. Lee took a 5-2 lead in the second round before Feist evened the score at 5-5 in the third, but Lee remained undeterred and captured the final point at the buzzer to win the match 6-5.
Patrick received his wild card berth after finished sixth when he had to default his fifth place match due to an injury.
Boise State finished ninth at the Pac-10 Championships 58.5 with points. This is the first time in eight seasons Boise State did not finish in the top three at the Pac-10 Championships.
Oregon State won the Pac-10 Team Championship with 110 points.
The NCAA Championships will be held Mar. 15-17, at Palace of Auburn Hills at Auburn Hills, Mich.