ST. LOUIS, Mo. Three Boise State wrestlers won their first two matches of the NCAA National Tournament, Thursday, and will advance into Friday’s quarterfinal action still in contention for a national title. Andrew Hochstrasser (133-pounds), Kirk Smith (184) and Brent Chriswell (197) will all enter competition on Friday on the winner’s side of the bracket. In total, eight of nine Bronco wrestlers have advanced to the second day of competition.
Hochstrasser (33-2 overall, 17-1 tournament) earned a first round pin (2:20) against Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion to get his weekend off to a strong start. In the second round, Hochstrasser earned a 9-2 decision against Steve Bell of Maryland. He will face No. 4 seed Daniel Dennis of Iowa Friday morning in the tournament quarterfinals.
Smith (38-1, 19-0) also swept is matches on Thursday, starting things off with a 3-1 win against Iowa State’s Jerome Ward. Smith needed a takedown with 0:06 left in the third period to earn the victory. His second round match would come a little easier, as he beat Vincenzo DiDona of Central Michigan, 4-0. Smith is set to face Vincent Jones of Nebraska Friday morning.
Chriswell (15-1, 5-0) cruised to a 9-2 decision against Patrick Bond of Illinois to open tournament action. In the second round, he took down Luke Feist of Stanford, 8-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Chriswell will meet No. 6 Maxwell Askren of Missouri Friday morning in the second day of competition.
Three other Boise State wrestlers opened the tournament with first round wins, but will head into Friday’s competition in the consolation bracket. Adam Hall (34-5, 16-4) started the weekend with a pair of wins at 157-pounds, beating Matt Dragon of Pennsylvania, 8-5, and Anthony Jones of Michigan State, 9-7. He would fall in his third match of the day, however, losing a 4-3 decision to Iowa State’s Cyler Sanderson. Hall will meet the winner or Kody Hamrah (North Carolina State) and Aaron Hynes (Michigan) on Friday.
Tyler Sherfey (27-9, 12-5) finished Thursday with a 1-1 record, after starting the tournament with a 3-1 decision over Paul Young of Indiana. His success wouldn’t last long, however, falling in the second round to Moza Fay of Northern Iowa, 10-3. Sherfey will wrestle the winner of Mike Galante of Lehigh and No. 10 Chris Brown of Old Dominion Friday morning.
Junior Nate Lee (19-4, 6-3) also split his matches at 174-pounds on Thursday, starting the tournament with a 14-4 major decision against Nate Rock of Buffalo. Lee would fall in the second round, though, losing to No. 3 Brandon Browne of Nebraska, 9-6. On Friday, Lee will meet the winner of Shane Smith (Millersville) and David Rella (Ohio State).
Boise State’s other two wrestlers who advance in Friday’s consolation bracket is Cory Fish (21-10, 13-4) and Jason Chamberlain (22-8, 12-2). Fish went 2-1 at 141-pounds on Friday, with wins against Chattanooga’s Cody Cleveland (F2:02) and Penn’s Richard Rappo, 7-0. Fish’s only loss came in his first match of the tournament, 5-2, against Kent State’s Drew Lashaway. Chamberlain (21-8, 11-2), opened the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Iowa State’s Mitch Mueller in the 149-pound bracket. He would rebound to beat Matt Cathell of Delaware State, 9-3, in the second round, advancing him to the second day of competition.
Boise State’s only wrestler to fall from the competition on Thursday is freshman Brian Owen (12-9, 6-4). Owen fought hard in both of his first round matches, but failed to record a win. He lost to Indiana’s Angel Escobedo, 5-0, and Kent State’s Nicholas Bedelyon, 9-6.
As a team, Boise State was in fifth-place following the end of the championship third round. The Broncos have accumulated 20.5 points in the tournament so far. Iowa State leads the team standings with 32 points.