SIX BRONCOS SEEDED NO. 1 AT PAC-10 WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FULLERTON, Calif. Six Bronco wrestlers have earned No. 1 seeds in their respective weight classes as Boise State University, ranked No. 9 in the country, prepares to defend their 2008 championship at the Pac-10 Conference Tournament beginning on Sunday (March 1).

Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Adam Hall (157), Tyler Sherfey (165), Nate Lee (174), Kirk Smith (184) and Brent Chriswell (197) all received No. 1 seeds.

Jason Chamberlain is seeded No. 2 at 149 pounds, Cory Fish is No. 3 at 141 pounds, Sam Zylstra is fourth at heavyweight and Brian Owen is No. 7 at 125 pounds.

Eight of the 10 Bronco wrestlers received byes into the quarterfinal round.

Smith, ranked No.4 in the country with a 32-1 record, will face unseeded Brady Garner of Portland State in the first round of the 184 pound weight class, while Chamberlain, ranked No. 16 with a 17-7 mark will take on unseeded Calvin Miller of Cal State Bakersfield at 149 pounds. In his most recent match two weeks ago, Smith handed Garner an 8-3 defeat.

Competition begins Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (PT) on the Cal State Fullerton campus.

Hochstrasser, ranked No. 4 with a record of 28-2, will face David Prado of Arizona State in his quarterfinal match. This will mark the first time this season the two have wrestled each other.

Ranked No. 6 with a 30-3 season mark, Hall will take on the winner of the first round match between Sam Barnhart of Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State’s Tejovan Edwards.

Sherfey, ranked No. 18 with a 23-8 record, will take on Joel Shaw of Cal Poly in the quarterfinals. Sherfey handed a Shaw a 12-3 major decision loss earlier this season.

The defending champion at 174 pounds, Lee will face Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly in his quarterfinal match. Lee, ranked No. 13 with a 15-3 mark, had a close match with DesRoches earlier this season posting a 6-5 win.

Chriswell won the 184 pounds title at last year’s league tournament when he competed for Arizona State. He moved up a weight class in this his first year at Boise State and is ranked No. 5 with a 10-1 record this season. Chriswell will face Bo Lukehart from Cal Poly, whom he pined earlier this season.

Fish is also a defending Pac-10 Champion. Last year he won the 133 pound weight class before moving up a division this year. Ranked 24 with a 17-7 record, Fish will take on Garrett Drucker of Oregon State. Fish defeated Drucker two weeks ago in a dual match, 6-1.

Zylstra and Owen will both face wrestlers from UC Davis in their quarterfinal matches. Zylstra will take on Ricardo Alcala and Owen will face No. 2 seed Marcos Orozco.

Following the quarterfinals Sunday morning, the semifinals will start at 6:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, with the championship session beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT) on Monday (March 2).