Broncos Continue to Hold Lead After Session Two of the Pac-10 Championships
EUGENE, Ore. Six Boise State University wrestlers advanced to the finals of the Pacific-10 Championships Sunday, Mar. 2, 2008, in Eugene, Ore., as the Broncos continue to lead the conference championships with 128 points.
Cory Fish was the first Bronco to advance to the finals when he defeated Thomas Kimbrell of Cal State Bakersfield 3-0 at 133 pounds. The victory was the second of the season for the No. 2 seed Fish over Kimbrell. He will face No. 4 seed Ryan Dunn of Oregon in the finals Monday, Mar. 3. Fish recorded a 9-3 victory over Dunn in their only meeting of the season Jan. 25, at Boise, Idaho.
Freshman Adam Hall defeated Lucas Espericueta of Stanford 9-6 to earn his place in the finals at 149 pounds. He will face Morgan Atkinson of Cal State Fullerton in the final. Hall fell to Atkinson 7-4 in their only meeting of the season Jan. 11 at Fullerton, Calif., for his only loss in Pac-10 competition.
Tyler Sherfey earned his third victory of the day at 157-pounds as he upset the No. 2 seed from Stanford Josh Zupancic 3-2. Sherfey opened the match with a two-point takedown eight seconds in and never relinquished the lead to advance to the finals. Sherfey lost to Zupancic 3-1 in their only meeting this season. Sherfey, who is seeded No. 3 in the Pac-10 and 12th in the country, will face Cal Poly’s Chase Pami, No.1 seed and 10th in the nation, for the Pac-10 Championship Monday, Mar. 3.
Kurt Swartz advanced to the finals of the conference championship with a 4-3 victory over Keegan Davis of Oregon State. Swartz will face No. 1 seeded Patrick Pitsch of Arizona State in the finals. Swartz lost to Pitsch 6-3 at the Las Vegas Invitational in their only career meeting. Swartz carries an 11-match winning streak and a perfect 8-0 Pac-10 record into the conference finals.
At 174 pounds, the No. 1 seed Nate Lee collected his second victory of the day as he advanced to the conference championship. Lee defeated Dale Seley of Portland State 8-4 to earn his first career trip to the conference finals. Lee will face No. 3 Tyler Bernacchi of UC Davis in the finals. Lee defeated Bernacchi 4-3 in their only meeting of the season. This was the 14th consecutive Pac-10 conference victory for Lee who won third place at 174 pounds at the 2007 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships.
Kirk Smith needed three overtimes to defeat Zack Giesen of Stanford and earn his place in the conference finals. The match was tied 1-1 entering the third overtime and Smith chose to start down. Smith struggled to break free of Giesen’s grasp for the first 24 seconds of the third overtime but Smith executed a reverse with six seconds left in overtime to claim the 3-1 victory and an appearance in the conference finals.
Levi Jones will compete for third place at 141-pounds. He fell in the semi-finals to No. 1 seed Chad Mendes of Cal Poly and will now face No. 3 seed Elijah Nacita of Cal State Bakersfield in the semi-finals of the consolation bracket.
Matt Casperson, Boise State’s 197-pounder was disqualified in his semi-final match against the No. 1 seed Jason Trulson of Arizona State but will return to action Monday, Mar. 3, to face Jake Johnson of Stanford.
On the day, the Broncos posted a 17-5 record with two pins and seven major decisions.
Boise State continues to lead the championships with 128 pionts followed by Arizona State (94 points), Oregon State (83.5), Cal Poly (79), Cal State Bakersfield (77.5), Stanford (75), Cal State Fullerton (72), UC Davis (66.5), Oregon (55.5) and Portland State (17).
Session Three of the Pac-10 Championships, which includes the conference finals, will begin Monday, Mar. 3, at 3:00 p.m.
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