EUGENE, Ore. The Boise State University wrestling team leads the Pacific-10 Championships with 86 points after the first session Sunday, Mar. 2, at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. The Broncos posted an 11-1 record in the first session as Boise State wrestlers advance to the semi-finals of the conference championships in nine of 10 weight classes.
Tyler Sherfey, the Pac-10 No. 3 seed at 157-pounds, won two matches in session one to advance to the semi-finals in his weight class. He opened the conference championships by shutting out Andrew Maraglia of UC Davis 13-0. He then blanked Alex Pavlenko of Arizona State 9-0 in the first round to set up a semi-finals match against Josh Zupancic of Stanford. Zupancic handed Sherfey his only loss in Pac-10 competition 3-1 at Davis, Calif.
Levi Jones recorded a pinfall at the 0:59 minute mark in round one over the fifth seed from Oregon State, Heinrich Barnes. Jones will now face No. 1 seed Chad Mendes of Cal Poly in the semi-finals Sunday, Mar. 2, at 6:00 p.m. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two wrestlers.
Adam Hall, the second seed at 149-pounds, recorded a pinfall over Barrett Abel at the 6:47 minute mark to earn six match points for the Broncos. Hall will face the No. 6 seed, Lucas Espericueta of Stanford in the semi-finals. Espericueta upset the No. 3 seed Kyle Larson of Oregon State to advance to the second round. Hall has never faced Espericueta.
At 174 pounds, Nate Lee dominated Michael Williams of Cal Poly, 13-5, to earn the major decision and four points for Boise State. He will face Dale Seley of Portland State in the semi-finals. Lee defeated Seley 4-2 in their only meeting of the season.
No. 1 seed Kirk Smith advanced to the semi-finals at 184-pounds with a major decision over John Clark of UC Davis. With the victory, Smith improved to 23-2 on the season including winning 16 of his last 17 matches.
Nick Smith, the No. 1 seed in the heavyweight division, dominated Phil Doerner of Stanford 15-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the championship bracket. This was Smith’s second victory of the season over Doerner, whom he defeated 3-1 at Davis, Calif.
Kurt Swartz won his opening match at the 165-pound weight class defeating the seventh seeded Teddy Bristol of Cal-State Fullerton 9-1. With the victory, Swartz extended his winning streak to 10 matches and improve to 8-0 in Pac-10 competition.
In the closest match of the first session for Boise State, Cory Fish held off Francisco Manriquez of UC Davis 5-3 to advance. Fish also won their previous meeting by two points (3-1). Fish has posted a 9-1 record in his last 10 matches.
Matt Casperson advanced to the semi-finals of the 197 pound weight class with a 6-0 victory over Riley Orozco of Cal State Bakersfield. This was the 11th consecutive victory for Casperson who improved to 21-8 on the season.
Allen Bartelli collected a victory for Boise State at 125 pounds in the consolation bracket as he defeated Andre Gonzalez of Cal State Fullerton 8-3. This was Bartelli’s third Pac-10 victory of the season.
During the first session, Boise State recorded two pins and seven major decisions to earn 86 points. Cal State Fullerton is in second with 59 points followed by Oregon State (55 points), Stanford (54.5), Arizona State (52.5), Cal State Bakersfield (49.5), Cal Poly (48.5), UC Davis (47.5), Oregon (44.5) and Portland State (17).
Session two of the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships begins Sunday, Mar. 2, at 6:00 p.m.