Wrestlers Head to Pac-12 Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Boise State wrestling team will travel to Stanford, Calif., for the Pac-12 Championships at Maples Pavilion. On Sunday, March 2, the first session will start at 11:30 a.m. (MT) and the second session will begin at 4:30 p.m. (MT). The finals are set for 6 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The rest of the Pac-12 includes Arizona State, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Oregon State and Stanford.
The Broncos will be led by seniors Jake Swartz, ranked No. 6 nationally at 184 pounds, and J.T. Felix, ranked No. 10 nationally at 285. Both Swartz and Felix are the highest-ranked wrestlers in their class from the Pac-12. Boise State will round out its lineup with Rami Haddadin (125), Ben DeMeulle (133), Brian Owen (141), Chris Castillo (149), Steven Hernandez (157), Holden Packard (165), Austin Dewey (174) and Cody Dixon (197).
Haddadin (125), a sophomore from Sandy, Utah, was a primary starter for the Broncos at 125 pounds all year. In this 2013-14 season he went 12-11 overall and recorded four pins.
DeMeulle is a redshirt senior from San Diego. As a primary starter at 133 pounds, he holds a record of 3-9 for the season including one pin. He also wrestled in seven duals this season. DeMeulle represented Boise State in the Pac-10 Championships as a freshman in 2009-10.
Owen (141) is a redshirt senior from Spokane, Wash. He holds a career record of 37-23, complete with a 16-11 dual record and three pins. This season he went 2-2 while limited with an injury. As a freshman in the 2008-09 season, he placed fourth at the Pac-10 tournament at 125 pounds, qualified for the national tournament and was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally. As a junior, Owen appeared at his second NCAA Tournament. He also won the Pac-12 tournament as a 133 pounder and finished with a record of 9-3 overall. Last season, Owen claimed second place at the Pac-12 Championships, which qualified him for his third trip to the NCAA Tournament. He completed the year with a record of 14-9.
A 149 pounder, Chris Castillo is a redshirt sophomore from Zillah, Wash. He holds a career record of 27-10 which includes seven pins. This season Castillo went 14-6 with a top-25 win against No. 3-ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State. Last year, he won the Spokane Open and also recorded two major decisions.
Steven Hernandez is a 157-pound redshirt junior from Las Vegas. This season he went 2-3 with one pin, adding to his career record of 18-17. As a redshirt freshman, he finished third at the Pac-12 Championships, won the Spokane Open and recorded seven pins.
Holden Packard, a junior out of Boise, Idaho, represents the Broncos in the 165-pound weight class. This season he went 11-11 with a top-25 win over No.12 Andy McCulley from Wyoming. He made the move to 165 pounds late in the season. As a freshman, he took third place at the Pac-12 Championships after competing unattached all season with a record of 12-4 and two pins. Last year he tallied a 14-14 record and finished in third place for a second time at the Pac-12 Championships.
A redshirt freshman out of Boise, Idaho, Austin Dewey (174) went 6-10 overall in his first season as a Bronco. He wrestled in eight duals this season, winning two.
Jake Swartz (184) is a redshirt senior from Auburn, Wash. This season he recorded only one loss, going 10-1, complete with an undefeated dual record of 7-0. Swartz will head into the Pac-12 Championships on a five-match winning streak. He took home a top-25 win against Benjamin Stroh (No. 16) from Wyoming in November and tallied three major decisions this season. In his career at Boise State, he is 84-28 overall, with a dual record of 30-7, four top-25 wins, 20 major decisions and 11 pins. As a redshirt freshman, he was a primary starter at 174 pounds and qualified for his first NCAA Tournament. In the 2011-12 season, the redshirt sophomore went 21-6, won the Pac-12 tournament at 184 pounds and qualified for his second-consecutive NCAA Tournament where he went 3-2. Last season, Swartz led the team with 33 wins, 14 dual wins and 11 major decisions after winning the Pac-12 Championships for a second time and qualifying for nationals for the third-consecutive year, where he was the No. 10 seed overall.
A senior out of Ontario, Calif., Cody Dixon (197) went 16-9 on the season for the Broncos, also winning four duals. He recorded a pin against Nicolas Johnson (Cal Poly) in 1:14. Overall in his career at Boise State, he is 38-35 with five major decisions and four pins. Last season he finished third at the Pac-12 Championships.
J.T. Felix (285) is a senior out of Riverside, Calif. This season he went 21-3 with a dual record of 9-1. He also tallied nine pins, six of which were under the two minute mark. He had one top-25 win against No. 10 Connor Medberry of Wisconsin. In his four-year career at Boise State, he is 82-41, with eight top-25 wins, 11 major decisions and 16 pins. As a freshman in 2010-11, he placed second at the Pac-10 Championships, which granted him a trip to his first NCAA Tournament. In Felix's sophomore season, he went 18-13 and took fourth in the Pac-12 tournament. Last year, he finished 28-12 with a 10-5 dual record and tallied seven wins against top-25 opponents. He took second at the Pac-12 Championships and appeared at nationals for his second time, where he went 2-2.
Boise State will be competing for its seventh Pac-12 Championship overall. The Broncos have walked away with three titles in the past six years alone, two coming back to back in 2008-09 and then one in 2011. The team also placed runner-up at the tournament in both 2012 and 2013.
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