Pac-10 Wrestling Championships: Bronco Blog


Casperson places third with 7-3 decision
02/27/10 - 6:08 p.m. (PST)

    Matt Casperson wrestled to a third-place finish at 197 pounds with a 7-3 decision over No. 2 seed Chad Hanke (Oregon State). Casperson finished the weekend with a 3-1 record.
    Despite the late surge by Boise State, Oregon State managed to hold off the Broncos for the Pac-10 team title. The Beavers currently have 127 points, while the Broncos are at 125. Boise State is done wrestling for the day, while OSU still has a wrestler in the heavyweight championship match. Cal Poly will finish in third with 120 points.

Smith pins Larson for second straight Pac-10 title
02/27/10 - 5:55 p.m. (PST)

    The nation's top 184-pound wrestler, Kirk Smith, brought home Boise State's second individual Pac-10 title with a win by fall (4:46) over Michael Larson of Cal State Bakersfield in the 184-pound title match. Smith successfully defended his 2009 Pac-10 title in dominating fashion, winning all three of his matches easily. Smith won two matches by fall and one by major decision.

 The current team standings are: Oregon State (127), Boise State (124) and Cal Poly (120).

Lee falls in decisive 174-pound championship match
02/27/10 - 5:41 p.m. (PST)

    Boise State senior Nate Lee fell one point short of capturing his third straight 174-pound Pac-10 Championship, falling to Oregon State's Colby Covington 3-2. Lee scored an early 1-0 lead, but lost it in the third period with a one point escape by Covington, followed by a two-point take down by the OSU wrestler. Lee scored a one point escape as time expired, but it wasn't enough to matter.
    With the loss, Oregon State is now almost statistically out of reach for Boise State to catch in the Pac-10 title race.

Cuthbertson falls at 165
02/27/10 - 5:30 p.m. (PST)

    Michael Cuthbertson fought hard but fell in the third-place match against Kyle Deberry (Arizona State) 10-4. Cuthbertson finished fourth in his first Pac-10 tournament. Next on the mat for Boise State is Nate Lee in a critical match against Oregon State's Colby Covington in the 174-pound title match.

Hall holds off Pami for first Pac-10 title of career
02/27/10 - 5:11 p.m. (PST)

    Boise State's Adam Hall finally got the Pac-10 monkey off of his back as he beat Cal Poly's Chase Pami, 5-1, in the 157-pound championship match. Hall avenged a loss to Pami in the 2009 Pac-10 Championship match, winning the first conference title of his career.
    After a scoreless first period, Hall scored a two point reversal and a two point take down, then managed to hold off Pami from there. Despite starting down to begin the third period, it took Pami almost the entire final period to earn a one point escape. By that point it was too little too late. Hall scored one point for riding time and the rest was history.
    The team scores are still extremely close. Boise State narrowed the gap but is still in third with 118 points. Oregon State is first with 123 and Cal Poly is second with 119. THe Broncos will need some help from both OSU and Cal Poly, however, as losses by the Mustangs and Beavers are needed.

Chamberlain finishes strong
02/27/10 - 4:55 p.m. (PST)

    Jason Chamberlain got some redemption for his day one upset with a strong finish at 149 pounds. Chamberlain beat Nicholas Jordan of Cal State Fullerton with a 12-3 major decision to earn third place at the Pac-10 tournament.
    No update on the team standings, but Boise State did receive some help from Cal Poly, as they had wrestlers lose in the 141 and 149 pound matches.

The Championship and third place matches are just underway. Boise State is off the mat until 149 pounds. Here are the final six matches for Boise State tonight:

Championship Matches
157 - Adam Hall  (BSU) def. Chase Pami (Cal Poly) 5-1
174 - Colby Covington (Oregon State) def. Nate Lee (BSU) 3-2
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) fall Michael Larson (CSU Bakersfield) 4:46

149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) def. Nicholas Jordan (CSU Fullerton) 12-3
165 - Kyle Deberry (Arizona State) def. Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) 10-4
197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) def. Chad Hanke (Oregon State) 7-3


Zylstra places fifth with win over Nye

02/27/10 - 3:49 p.m. (PST)

Bronco heavyweight Sam Zylstra earned a fifth-place finish, Saturday, as he beat Arizona State's Eric Nye 6-5 to conclude the afternoon session. Zylstra rebounded from a consolation semifinal loss to finish the weekend with a 2-2 record.

Following the conclusion of the seventh and fifth place matches, the complete team standings are as follows: Oregon State (122 points), Cal Poly (115), Boise State (112), Arizona State (98.5), Cal State Bakersfield (89), Stanford (81), UC Davis (74) and Cal State Fullerton (73).

There is going to be a short intermission, but the third place matches and championship round will begin shortly after 4 p.m. (PST). Boise State has three wrestlers competing for Pac-10 titles this evening, and three more still in contention for third place.

Three Broncos finish their weekend Saturday afternoon
02/27/10 - 2:23 p.m. (PST)

Action is starting to slow down for the afternoon here at the Pac-10 championships, as three Broncos just ended their weekend here in Davis, Calif. Alan Bartelli and Levi Jones both dropped their fifth-place matches to place sixth, while Ben DeMuelle won in the seventh-place match to conclude his day.

Jones dropped his third consecutive match at 141 pounds in shocking fashion, losing by 9-2 decision against Chris Drouin of Arizona State. Jones, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in the conference, finished the weekend with a surprising 1-3 record.

Bartelli also suffered his third loss of the tournament with a 5-3 loss to Frank Lomas (CSU Bakersfield) in the fifth-place match at 125 pounds.

DeMuelle, on the other mat, earned his first win of the weekend by beating Aaron Navarrete (CSU Fullerton) in the 133-pound seventh-place match. DeMuelle rebounded from two opening day losses to earn the win.

Sam Zylstra is the only Bronco left to compete Saturday afternoon, as he will wrestle in the 285-pound fifth-place match within the hour. After a short intermission, the wrestlers will return to action with the third-place and championship matches being held later this evening.

Casperson pins his way into third-place match; Zylstra falls in 2OT
02/27/10 - 01:33 p.m. (PST)

Matt Casperson wrestled his way into the 197-pound third place match with a win by fall (2:56) against Abraham Otrambo of UC Davis. Casperson brought the Boise State cheering section to its' feet as he pinned Otrambo with just four seconds remaining in the first period.

Sam Zylstra didn't fair so well, however, as he wrestled the final consolation semifinal match for the Broncos. Zylstra lost a one point lead against Kurt Klimek (CSU Fullerton) as time expired in regulation, forcing extra periods. In the second OT, Klimek scored a two-point take down give give him the 6-5 final edge.

The loss drops Zylstra to the fifth-place match this afternoon. Including the 285-pound match, Boise State advanced three of six wrestlers to the third-place match.

Next on today's agenda is the fifth and seventh place matches, which will be followed by a short intermission. The third-place matches and championship matches will start again at 4 p.m. (PST).

Cuthbertson earns big win
02/27/0 - 1:05 p.m. (PST)

Michael Cuthbertson stepped up big for the Broncos with a win in the 165-pound consolation semifinals. Cuthbertson took care of Cal Poly's Steven Vasquez with a 8-2 decision to advance to the third-place match. Just as important as scoring points for the Broncos, Cuthbertson took critical points away from Cal Poly as the race for the 2010 Pac-10 team title continues.
Cuthbertson will wrestle Kyle Deberry of Arizona State for third-place later this afternoon.

Chamberlain rebounds, advances to third-place match
02/27/10 - 12:43 p.m. (PST)

No. 1 seed Jason Chamberlain rebounded from an upset on Friday in the semifinals, with a 6-1 decision against Roger Pena of Oregon State in the consolation semis Saturday afternoon. Chamberlain earned some much needed points for Boise State, who sat in third place in the team standings (97.5 points) after the 141-pound matches Saturday.

Oregon State moved into first place, at least for the time being, with 109 points. Cal Poly narrowly trails them with 108.5 points.
The Broncos will need strong showings from Cuthbertson, Casperson and Zylstra in their consolation semifinal matches to keep Boise State on pace.

Jones upset again, falls to Mangrum of Oregon State
02/27/10 - 12:30 p.m. (PST)

Levi Jones suffered his second straight upset at 141 pounds Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to Mike Mangrum of Oregon State in the consolation semifinals. After entering the tournament with a No. 1 seed, Jones has now dropped back-to-back matches to fall to the fifth-place match.

He will wrestle Bret Baumbach (Stanford) later this afternoon.

Bartelli falls to fifth-place match at 125
02/27/10 - 12:16 p.m. (PST)

Day number two of the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships is officially underway, as the consolation semifinals just began here in Davis, Calif. Boise State has six wrestlers competing in the consolation semis, including Alan Bartelli who just dropped his 125-pound match to Ryan Mango (Stanford) in an 8-5 decision. Bartelli will wrestle later this afternoon in the fifth-place match. He is set to face Frank Lomas of Cal State Bakersfield.

Coming up on the mat this afternoon, Levi Jones will wrestle at 141-pounds here shortly. He will be followed by Jason Chamberlain (149 pounds), Michael Cuthbertson (165), Matt Casperson (197) and Sam Zylstra (285). 133-pounder Ben DeMuelle will compete in the seventh-place match later this afternoon, which will be followed by Kirk Smith (184), Nate Lee (174) and Adam Hall (157) competing for Pac-10 titles this evening.

Zylstra caps night with win by fall
02/26/10 - 8:27 p.m. (PST)

Sam Zylstra capped the night off for Boise State with a win by fall (4:12) over James Powers of Cal Poly. After dropping his opening round match Friday afternoon, Zylstra rebounded in the consolation bracket to advance into Saturday's competition.
As a team, Boise State sits in in third place in the title race with 97.5 points. Cal Poly is currently in first (108.5 points), while Oregon State is a close second (102 points).

Smith moves on with 9-1 major decision; Casperson falls at 197
02/26/10 - 7:38 p.m. (PST)

Kirk Smith, the nation's current No. 1 wrestler at 184 pounds, advanced to the Pac-10 Championship title round Friday night with a 9-1 major decision over Jake Meredith of Arizona State. Smith didn't roll quite as easy as in his first match of the day, but he was dominant enough to earn the win with little question. With his win, Smith makes it just three of seven Bronco wrestlers that will advance to the championship round on Saturday.

In the match following Smith, Matt Casperson failed to mount a late comeback against Riley Orozco of Cal State Bakersfield in the 197-pound match. Casperson fell to Orozco in an 8-3 decision, ending his title run.

Boise State heavyweight Sam Zylstra is the last Bronco to wrestle tonight as he will compete in the consolation bracket later this evening. During the 197-pound matches, the current team standings remained extremely close as Cal Poly led with 92.5 points, and Boise State trailed with 92.0 points. Oregon State was in third place with 84.5 points.

Lee escapes with 7-6 win to give Boise State 2-3 record in semifinals
02/26/10 - 7:16 p.m. (PST)

Nate Lee needed nearly three full periods to finally pull out a semifinal win against Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly, wrestling to a 7-6 decision over DesRoches after a two-point take down with just 00:15 left in regulation. Lee and DesRoches entered the third period of the 174-pound match deadlocked at 5-5, but Lee fell behind 6-5 after a one point escape by DesRoches.

With almost 1:30 left in the third Lee got tangled with DesRoches and was unable to complete a take down until the final seconds of the match. Lee finally spun out of DesRoches hold to score the go ahead points as time expired.

Boise State improved to 2-3 in semifinals matches. Michael Cuthbertson dropped his 165-pound semifinal match to Daniel Brascetta just minutes earlier to mark the third loss in four matches for the Broncos. Cuthbertson dropped a 5-2 decision to Brascetta of Oregon State.

Hall holds off Edwards to advance to Championship match
02/26/10 - 6:55 p.m. (PST)

The excitement of Pac-10 tournament action is in full swing as Boise State came within seconds of having its' third No. 1 seed fall in as many matches. Adam Hall scored one point for riding time in the 157-pound match, giving him a 6-5 decision over Tejovan Edwards of Arizona State. Hall trailed 4-3 heading into the final period, but quickly scored a two point take down to regain the lead heading into the final stretch.

Edwards wouldn't go away quietly, however, as he scored a one point escape with just 00:24 left in regulation. Hall fought furiously to hold off Edwards, and had enough riding time (2:30) to earn the one point differential.

Hall advances to the championship round which will start at 7:00 p.m. (PST) on Saturday.

Back-to-back upsets for the Broncos
02/26/10 - 6:45 p.m. PST)

The unexpected happened for Boise State just four matches into session No. 2 at the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships as two of the Broncos' No. 1 seeds were knocked off in consecutive semifinals matches. After Levi Jones dropped a heartbreaking 3-1 upset to Adin Duenas in the 141-pound match, Boise State's Jason Chamberlain was upset at 149 pounds with a loss by fall to Nick Fisher (Cal Poly) with 00:36 to go in the second period.

Meanwhile, on mat No. 3 Boise State's 133 pounder Ben DeMuelle lost his second match of the day in consolation. DeMuelle was beat 15-3 by Justin Paulsen of Stanford.

No. 1 seed Jones upset in semifinals
(02/26/10 - 6:40 p.m. PST)

Boise State suffered its' first big upset of the tournament in the 141-pound semifinals just moments ago. No. 1 seed Levi Jones was taken taken down with just 00:01 left on the clock in overtime by Adin Duenas of Cal State Fullerton. Duenas managed to wrestle Jones to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, forcing an extra period. With just second remaining in the first overtime, Duenas scored a two point take down to complete the 3-1 upset.

Bartelli rebounds with win
(02/26/10 - 6:28 p.m. PST)

Alan Bartelli rebounded from a first round loss with a 5-3 win over Micah Ferguson of Cal Poly in his first consolation round of the tournament. Bartelli scored a crucial two point take down in the first period and managed to hold off Ferguson from there. He scored one point for riding time to push the final score to 5-3.

Seven Broncos Win First Round Match at Pac-10 Championships
(02/26/10 - 3:35 p.m. PST)

Seven Boise State wrestlers advanced through the opening round of the 2010 Pac-10 Conference Championships with wins, Friday afternoon (Feb. 26). The Broncos only three losses in the first session came at 125 pounds, 133 pounds and 285 pounds. Three of Boise State's four No. 1 seeds advanced easily, as Levi Jones (141 pounds), Adam Hall (157) and Kirk Smith (184) all won by fall. The Broncos' fourth No. 1 seed, Jason Chamberlain (149), earned a win by major decision.

Jones, Hall, Smith, Chamberlain, Michael Cuthbertson (165), Nate Lee (174) and Matt Casperson (197) are all set to wrestle in the semifinal round Friday evening. Following losses, Alan Bartelli (125), Ben DeMuelle (133) and Sam Zylstra (285) can all still wrestle for a third-place finish starting this evening as well.

The second session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (PST).

First Round Results

125 - Frank Lomas (CSU Bakersfield) dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 11-7
133 - Brandon Low (UC Davis) fall Ben DeMuelle (BSU) 6:04
141 - Levi Jones (BSU) fall Bret Baumbach (Stanford) 2:20
149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) tech fall John Cardenas (CSU Bakersfield) 23-6
157 - Adam Hall (BSU) fall Steven DeLaFuente (CSU Fullerton) 4:37
165 - Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) dec. Joseph Granata (CSU Bakersfield) 6-3
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) major dec. Trevor Hall (CSU Bakersfield) 15-6
184 - Kirk Smith (BSU) fall Rory Mcbryde (UC Davis) 1:33
197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Richard Kessler (Stanford) 4-1
285 - Clayton Jack (Oregon State) dec. Sam Zylstra (BSU) 3-0

Second Round Results

141 - Adin Duenas (CSU Fullerton) dec. Jones (BSU) 3-1
149 - Nick Fisher (Cal Poly) fall Chamberlain (BSU) 4:24
157 - Hall (BSU) def. Tejovan Edwards (ASU) 6-5
165 - Daniel Brascetta (OSU) def. Cuthbertson (BSU) 5-2
174 - Lee (BSU) dec. Ryan DesRoches (Cal Poly) 7-6
184 - Smith (BSU) vs. Jake Meredith (ASU) 9-1
197 - Riley Orozco (CSU Bakersfield) def. Casperson (BSU) 8-3

125 - Bartelli (BSU) dec. Micah Ferguson (Cal Poly) 5-3
133 - Justin Paulsen (Stanford) major dec. DeMuelle (BSU) 15-3
285 - Zylstra (BSU) fall James Powers (Cal Poly) 4:12

Saturday Results
Consolation Semifinals

125 - Ryan Mango (Stanford) def. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 8-5
141 - Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) def. Levi Jones (BSU) 4-3
149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) def. Roger Pena (Oregon State) 6-1
165 - Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) def. Steven Vasquez (Cal Poly) 8-2
197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) fall Abraham Otrambo (UC Davis) 2:56
285 - Kurt Klimek (CSU Fullerton) dec. Sam Zylstra (BSU) 6-5 (2OT)

125 - Frank Lomas (CSU Bakersfield) def. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 5-3
141 - Chris Drouin (ASU) def. Levi Jones (BSU) 9-2
285 - Sam Zylstra (BSU) def. Eric Nye (ASU) 6-5

133 - Ben DeMuelle (BSU) def. Aaron Navarrete (CSU Fullerton) 5-1

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