ST. LOUIS - The final two Boise State wrestlers were eliminated in Session III of the Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center, Friday. Redshirt sophomore Jake Swartz earned one win before being knocked out while redshirt junior Brian Owen was bounced in his first bout.
Swartz, the 10 seed, finished the tournament with a 3-2 record after going 2-2 in last year at the national stage. Owen went 1-2. In total, Boise State was 4-8 in individual competition.
Swartz survived a 4-3 decision against Purdue's Braden Atwood to start Friday's competition. The redshirt sophomore fell into an 0-2 hole when Atwood sealed a takedown early in the first period but Swartz escaped quickly. In the second period, Swartz took a 3-2 lead with a reversal to make it 3-2. The final frame was all about the strength of the 184-pounder from Auburn, Wash., who tallied 1:51 of riding time which sealed the point and a 4-3 win despite a late escape from Atwood.
In Swartz' second bout of the day, he was caught off guard by Tony Dallago of Illinois. Dallago took Swartz down at the 2:38 mark and eventually got the fall 33 seconds into the bout.
Brian Owen fell in a heartbreaking 6-4 overtime loss to Cashe Quiroga of Purdue that would end his tournament life. Owen started well, taking a 2-0 lead after the first period and escaping quickly in the second to go up 3-0. With 34 seconds left in the second, though, the tables turned as Quiroga dropped Owen with a two-point takedown. Quiroga took his first lead of the bout when he picked up a reversal to make it 4-3. Owen kept fighting and used an escape in the final seconds to send the bout to overtime. In the extra session, it was Quiroga's takedown with 29 seconds remaining that triggered the final whistle.
Brent Chriswell and George Ivanov were eliminated after the first day of competition, Thursday.