BOISE, Idaho – Tyler Sherfey and Nate Lee hope to close out their 2006-7 wrestling season in style over the next three days (March 15-17) as the Boise State University duo compete at the NCAA National Championships in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Sherfey will compete in the 157-pound class, while Lee wrestles at the 174-pound weight division. Both earned their trip to nationals with third place finishes at the Pac-10 Conference Championships on Feb. 25, and are un-seeded at the NCAA tournament.
Bronco heavyweight Andy Patrick was also expected to compete at this week’s national tournament, but had to withdraw from the competition earlier this week with an injury.
A sophomore from Kennewick, Washington, Sherfey is making his second straight appearance at nationals. Last year he competed in the 149-pound weight class and posted a 3-2 mark at the tournament. This year he moved up one weight class and enters the championships with an overall record of 34-7. Sherfey received a first round bye and will wrestled No. 3 seed James Strouse of Hofstra in the second round on Thursday (March 15) night.
Lee, a freshman from Payson, Arizona, is making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. He also received a first round bye and will face Gabriel Dretsch of the Minnesota in the second round. Lee brings an overall record of 28-11 into the three-day tournament.
Victories by both Sherfey and Lee would put the twosome into Friday (March 16) mornings quarterfinals.