OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma Boise State University’s Ben Cherrington handed Michael Chandler of the University of Missouri an 8-1 defeat Friday (March 17) morning to advance to the semi-finals of the 157-pound weight class at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships, which can be seen live Friday night on ESPN U at 5:00 pm (MT).
                A senior from Granby, Colorado, Cherrington also earned All-American status for the first time in his career. The worst Cherrington can finish is sixth and the top eight wrestlers in each class receive All-America honors.
                Cherrington, seeded fifth, will next face ninth seed Joe Johnston of the University of Iowa on Friday night for a chance to wrestle for the national championship. Johnston upset number one seed Trent Paulson of Iowa State University, 6-3. Cherrington already has a victory over Johnston this season handing the Hawkeye wrestler an 18-12 defeat in a dual match in late February.
Cherrington is undefeated this season with a record of 18-0 and is the first Bronco wrestler to earn All-American status in three years. At the 2003 tournament, Ben VomBaur (125 pounds), Collin Robertson (149) and Boe Rushton (heavyweight) all came away with All-American honors.
                Four other Bronco wrestlers competed in the consolation brackets Friday morning with Scott Jorgensen, Tyler Sherfey and Casey Phelps each advancing to the fifth round which takes place Friday evening.
                At 133 pounds, Jorgensen won both of his matches and defeating Patrick Aleksanyan of the University of Nebraska, 13-6, and Michael Mormile of Cornell University, 6-1.
Sherfey also won his two Friday morning matches to advance to the 149-pound consolation bracket’s fifth round. Sherfey handed Anthony Baza of Cal State Bakersfield a 3-2 defeat and Morgan Atkinson of Cal State Fullerton a 4-2 loss.
In the 197-pound weight class, Phelps defeated Dave Dashiell of the University of North Carolina, 3-2, and Adam Wright of Old Dominion, 7-3.
Andy Patrick was eliminated from the heavyweight class Friday morning when he was pined by Adam LoPiccolo of American University at the 3:50 mark of the match.
Midway through Friday morning’s session, Oklahoma State has opened up its team lead with 36.5 points. Boise State is in 25th place with 10.5 points.

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