NCAA Wrestling Blog: Day One Finished
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SESSION I - 03/17/2011

11:13 a.m. - Jones Wins Pigtail Match

Boise State is 1-0 at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships following a 9-3 win by Levi Jones in the 141-pound pigtail match. Jones gained an early advantage of Hicks Manson of Cornell and never looked back. A pair of take downs in the second period opened up the lead for Jones and one point for riding advantage pushed the final score out to 9-3.

11:23 a.m. - Bartelli Loses to Patterson on Riding Time

Alan Bartelli suffered the first Boise State loss of the weekend in the opening round of 125-pound action as he fell to Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma by 2-1 decision. Bartelli managed to even the score at 1-1 with just 00:05 seconds remaining in regulation, but 1:06 seconds in riding time gave Patterson the go-ahead point. After a scoreless first period, Patterson scored an escape in the second to take the 1-0 advantage. He was then able to ride out just enough time to gain the advantage point. Bartelli managed to reach his feet three times in the third but was unable to escape.

11:47 a.m. - Hochstrasser Advances with Pin

Andrew Hochstrasser scored the first win by fall of the NCAA Championships for Boise State as he pinned Nathan McCormick (Missouri) at the 2:26 mark of his first 133-pound match of the day. Hochstrasser attempted to shoot several times early but was unable to get into McCormick's body through most of the first period. With less than a minute to go in the first McCormick and Hochstrasser finally went to the ground in a neutral tie up. Hochstrasser scrambled out of McCormick's grasp and was able to quickly put him on his shoulders to score the pin.

Hochstrasser, who is the No. 2 overall seed at 133 pounds, was able to keep pace with No. 1 seed Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State who won his opening round match by fall less than 00:30 into the first period.

12:48 p.m. - Chamberlain and Hall Win, Jones Falls by Default

The action is picking up at The Wells Fargo Center here in Philadelphia as we have wrestled first round action of five weight classes now. Boise State has been right in the thick of the excitement as Levi Jones, Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall all took the mat in consecutive order. Chamberlain and Hall managed to win their first round matches to advance, while Jones dropped his second match of the day by defensive default.

Jones met Matthew Bonson of Lock Haven in the first round of the 141-pound bracket. After wrestling to a 3-2 deficit heading into the third, Jones started on top in the final 2:00 period. As Jones and Bonson wrestled to their backs, Jones was called for a defensive default giving Bonson the win by defensive fall. Jones will fall to consolation action this evening.

Chamberlain kicked off his NCAA tournament with a major decision victory after big second and third periods against Dane Johnson of Pittsburgh. Chamberlain, who is the No. 6 seed at 149 pounds, held a 6-3 advantage after scoring three take downs in the first two periods. Six more points in the third and a riding time advantage would push the final score out to 13-4.

Hall, the No. 1 overall seed at 157 pounds, also advanced in winner's bracket competition despite wrestling to a much closer first round match than expected. Hall would score just one take down in his match against DJ Meagher of Cornell en route to a 4-1 victory. Hall escaped in the second period and would score a point for riding time to secure the decision.

Hall's win is the second for Boise State over a Cornell wrestler thus far which will help the Broncos in the team standings.

1:11 p.m. - Kurt Swartz Drops to Consolation Action

Kurt Swartz's shot at an early upset in the 165-pound bracket was short lived, Thursday afternoon, as Swartz suffered a 14-3 major decision loss to No. 4 seed Josh Asper of Maryland. Asper and Swartz were close early as Swartz only allowed one take down in the first. Once Asper started scoring he would record five more take downs to blow the final score open.

1:37 p.m. - Jake Swartz Wins; Smith Withdraws

Boise State redshirt freshman Jake Swartz earned the first NCAA tournament win of his young career in the opening round of 174-pound action as he beat Matt Fullowan of Franklin & Marshall by 8-2 decision. Swartz scrapped his way to a win that was much closer than the final score would indicate. Swartz held a 3-2 advantage late in the third period, thanks to a double leg take down and an escape in the first two periods. As time fell below 00:20 in the match Swartz scored a second take down and a three point near fall however, to push the final score to 8-2 as time expired.

Senior Kirk Smith officially withdrew from tournament competition, Thursday afternoon, as the two-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 Conference Champion will be unable to wrestle in the 184-pound bracket due to injury. Smith suffered the injury in Boise State's regular season finale at Oklahoma State. He concludes his illustrious career at Boise State with a 102-12 overall record, which ties Rusty Cook (102-24) for the fourth most career wins in program history. Smith wrestled to All-American honors for the first time in 2008 with an eighth-place finish at the national tournament. He also was an All-American in 2010 after falling in the 184-pound championship match to earn National Runner-Up.

Boise State has two more wrestlers yet to compete in opening round action. Matt Casperson (197 pounds) and J.T. Felix will take the mat for the Broncos within the hour. Boise State sits in third-place in the first team standings announced, with four wrestlers moving on in the winner's bracket already.

2:37 p.m. - Casperson and Felix Fall

Boise State officially wrapped up its first session at the NCAA Championships as Matt Casperson and J.T. Felix dropped their opening round matches to fall to wrestleback competition later today. Casper suffered a 10-2 major decision loss to No. 7 seed Zac Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in his first 197-pound match. Casperson was only down 2-1 heading into the second, but a three point second and a four point third by Thomusseit helped him secure the major decision victory.

Felix followed immediately after on mat No. 2 with his opening round heavyweight match against No. 5 seed Dominque Bradley of Missouri. Felix would wrestle Bradley to a narrow finish but was unable to score a takedown in the match. After a scoreless first period Bradley took a 3-0 advantage in the match with an escape to start the second, followed by a takedown. Felix would escape at the end of the second and start of the third to narrow the score to 3-2, but he was unable to get close to a takedown in the final 1:40.

As the heavyweight opening round concludes Boise State sits at 10th on the leader board. No scores have been made available yet, but the team standings will be updated here as soon as they are released.

The Broncos will resume wrestling at 6:30 p.m. (EST) tonight with Session II of the tournament.

6:41 p.m. - Bartelli Earns First NCAA Win

Alan Bartelli wrestled to the first NCAA tournament win of his career, Thursday evening, as he beat Camden Eppert of Purdue by 4-0 decision in the 125-pound consolation pigtail match. Bartelli, who is a senior competing in his second national championships, used a three point second period to earn the win. He recorded an escape and a takedown to grab a 3-0 lead after two. In the third period Bartelli was able to ride out the full 2:00 to score another point for riding advantage.

Bartelli will now face No. 9 seed Jonathon Morrison of Oklahoma State in tonight's final round of consolation matches. Bartelli scored a 6-1 win over Morrison when the two wrestled in dual competition back in February.

Session II is completely under way now. Boise State has four wrestlers competing for a spot in tomorrow morning's quarterfinal round. The Broncos also have five wrestlers looking to keep their weekend alive in consolation action.

7:08 p.m. - Hochstrasser Moves on to Quarterfinals

Andrew Hochstrasser has moved one win away from securing All-American honors for the second time in his career with a technical fall victory over Kevin Smith in round two of the 133-pound bracket. Hochstrasser held a 15-1 lead over Smith as time expired but with one point for riding time advantage he would secure the tech fall victory. Hochstrasser scored five near fall points midway through the third period to blow the score wide open.

No. 2 seed Hochstrasser is done now until Friday morning when he is set to face No. 7 Bernard Futrell of Illinois in the quarterfinals.

7:27 p.m. - Chamberlain and Hall Win in Exciting Fashion

Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall earned their places along side Andrew Hochstrasser in the quarterfinals, Friday morning, but it wasn't without a little bit of drama as the two wrestled simultaneously on adjacent mats. Boise State's section of blue in the upper deck of Wells Fargo Arena erupted as Hall held off Colton Salazar of Purdue for a 6-2 win, right as Chamberlain was headed to overtime against Joseph Napoli of Lehi.

Hall, who is the No. 1 overall seed at 157 pounds, won his second round match thanks to take downs in the second and third period. He led just 3-2 however, before a takedown at the end of the third period and one point for riding time would extend the final lead to 6-2. Hall is now just one win away from clinching his second consecutive All-American honor. He did so for the first time in his career in 2010 with a third-place finish at the NCAA tournament.

Chamberlain also keeps his national title hopes alive as the No. 6 seed at 149 pounds scored a takedown in sudden victory to beat Napoli, 6-4. After allowing an escape and takedown in the second, Chamberlain headed into the final period trailing 3-0. An escape and takedown by Chamberlain in the third would even the match momentarily. A Napoli escape with 00:45 left put Chamberlain short on time, but a stalling warning on Napoli would tie the score once again with just 00:12 left in regulation. Chamberlain took advantage of the extra session and he shot and scored a takedown with just 00:23 left in the first overtime to improve to 2-0 on the day.

Chamberlain will meet No. 3 seed Kevin LeValley of Bucknell in the quarterfinals. Chamberlain and LeValley met in the second round of last year's NCAA tournament, in a match that was won by Chamberlain 5-2. Hall is set to face No. 8 seed Jason Welch of Northwestern in the quarterfinals.

8:13 p.m. - Jake Swartz Out of Championship Bracket

Jake Swartz saw his run in the championship bracket come to an end, Thursday night, with an 8-2 loss to No. 4 seed Colby Covington (Oregon State) in the second round of 174-pound action. Swartz was the final Boise State wrestler competing in the winner's bracket tonight, but will join five other Broncos who are still competing in consolation action.

Boise State is currently tied with Arizona State for seventh in the team standings, as the 184-pound championship bracket matches conclude. Alan Bartelli (125 pounds), Levi Jones (141), Kurt Swartz (165), Matt Casperson (194) and J.T. Felix (HWT) all still have one more consolation match tonight. All five wrestlers now face a win or go home scenario through the rest of the tournament.

8:48 p.m. - Bartelli Drops Morrison in Second OT

Alan Bartelli kept his weekend at the NCAA tournament alive, Thursday night, as he knocked off No. 9 seed Jonathon Morrison with a takedown in the second sudden victory period for a 5-3 decision over the Oklahoma State wrestler. Morrison gained an early 2-1 advantage in the match after scoring a takedown in the first period. Bartelli would keep Morrison from escaping in the second to gain a 1:53 advantage in riding time. In the third, Bartelli escaped to even the score at 2-2, but a stalling warning with just 00:12 gave Morrison the point he needed to force overtime.

The two wrestlers went through a scoreless first overtime as no one scored in sudden victory, and neither could escape in the tie breaker periods. In second sudden victory Bartelli finally broke the tie, scoring a double leg takedown with 00:07 left on the clock to end the match at 5-3.

9:07 p.m. - Jones Wins First Consolation Match

Levi Jones punched his ticket into day two of NCAA tournament competition with a win by 6-3 decision against Andrew Schutt (Buffalo) in the 141-pound bracket. After a scoreless first period, Jones scrambled to an exciting 5-3 score in the second. After allowing a takedown to Schutt, Jones quickly scored a reversal to take a 3-2 lead. He would then score a double leg takedown at the end of the second for a 5-3 advantage. Jones managed to ride out the final 2:00 period to extend his lead to 6-3.

9:39 p.m. - Kurt Swartz Bows Out at 165

Senior Kurt Swartz suffered an 8-3 loss to Joe Booth in consolation action of the 165-pound bracket, Thursday night, to fall from the NCAA tournament with a 0-2 record. K. Swartz battled hard to recover from an early deficit to Booth but was unable to get into Booth's body for a takedown. Booth opened up a 2-1 lead with takedowns in the second and third to put the match out of reach.

K. Swartz concludes his senior season with the Broncos with a 51-22 career record. He reached the NCAA tournament twice for Boise State and was the 2011 Pac-10 Conference Champion at 165 pounds.

10:30 p.m. - Boise State in Eighth

Boise State concluded day number one of the NCAA Championships in eighth-place as a team after advancing seven wrestlers to Friday's action. Matt Casperson bowed out of the 197-pound bracket after a collision with Daniel Mitchell in the third period of his consolation matched caused him to default. Casper concludes his career at Boise State with a 68-52 overall record, while qualifying for three NCAA tournaments.

J.T. Felix concluded day one of the tournament for the Broncos with a 3-2 decision over Paul Snyder of Hofstra. Felix scored a takedown in the first and was able to fend Snyder off for the remaining two periods.

The Broncos are in eighth in the team standings with 19.5 points. Penn State leads the team race with 30.5 points.







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