NCAA Wrestling Championship Blog: Smith Falls Short in Title Match

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SESSION V

03/20/2010 - 08:52 p.m.

No. 1 ranked Kirk Smith's dream season came to a crashing end Saturday night as the junior lost to No. 6 seed Max Askren of Missouri by a 10-3 decision in the 184-pound championship match. Smith only got one good shot in the first two periods, and unfortunately for him Askren was the one who took advantage of it. Askren countered with a two point take down to gain an early 2-0 lead.

Askren managed to record over a minute of riding time, while also scoring a two point near fall and a three point near fall in the first. Smith finally scored an escape, but at that point the score was 7-1.

Trailing 8-1 in the third, Smith finally scored a take down with 1:10 to go. Askren was able to hold Smith off from getting any more good shots in, riding the clock out for the 10-3 final.

Aside from Saturday night Smith put together one of the most memorable seasons in Boise State history, as he wrestled to a 28-1 record, a Pac-10 Conference championship and the second All-American honors of his career. Smith was also an All-American (eighth-place) in 2008.

03/20/2010 - 07:11 p.m.

The atmosphere is electric here in the Qwest Center as we are three matches into the championship round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Kirk Smith's shot at his first national title is growing nearer, and the anticipation is rising with every passing match.

Somehow it appears as though they managed to fit even more people in the already sold out arena, with attendance well over 15,300 people. Iowa has been represented in each of the first three matches, and with what seems like half the arena decked in black and yellow, whenever action begins the crowd goes wild.

Smith should be on the mat within the hour. The championships are being shown on ESPNU so if you haven't tuned in yet, find a TV. It shouldn't disappoint.

03/20/2010 - 2:53 p.m.

The updated team standings have been released, which include all matches up to the championship round. Boise State looks to be in great position to earn their highest finish in school history, if Kirk Smith can bring home the 184-pound title. The Broncos are currently in 10th with 43.5 points, which is tied for the previous best (1999).

The Broncos are .5 points behind Missouri, who boasts just one finalist. Their finalist just happens to be the other 184-pound finalist, Max Askren, who Smith will face tonight. There are six teams in front of the Broncos with just one finalist going tonight, which means a win for the Broncos and some losses in front of them could change the final standings quite a bit.

03/20/2010 - 12:13 p.m.

Adam Hall's consolation comeback is complete, as he beat Justin Lister of Binghamton by an 8-0 major decision to finish in third-place at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships. No. 2 seed Hall was in control the entire match, which started with a score on take down at the 00:50 mark in the first period.

Hall scored another take down in period two to extend his lead to 4-0 heading into the third. He started down in the third, where he managed to score a reversal. A one point penalty against Lister and the riding point gave Hall the major decision win.

Hall joins elite Boise State wrestling company as just the 19th different wrestler to earn All-American status in school history. With Hall and Kirk Smith, Boise State has now earned All-American status in wrestling 25 times in all.

Boise State is off the mat until tonight's final session when Smith will compete for the 184-pound national championship. Tonight's session will broadcast on ESPNU starting at 6:30 CST.

03/20/2010 - 11:24 a.m.

As we wait for Adam Hall's last match of the tournament, updated team scores have just come out. Boise State currently sits in 11th place with 41.5 points. The Broncos' previous best finish at NCAAs is 10th, which they did in 1999. With a third-place match and a first-place match still to go, the Broncos are poised to try and earn the second top-10 finish in school history.

We are currently in the middle of the 133-pound consolation matches, so Hall won't wrestle for another 30-40 minutes.

03/20/2010 - 10:42 p.m.

Adam Hall kicked off the final day of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday morning, with a hard fought 6-4 win over No. 5 seed Steve Fittery of American University in consolation action. No. 2 seed Hall needed a four point second period to earn the win, which gives him a spot in the third and fourth place match.

After a scoreless first period with Fittery, Hall needed to go to work. Fittery scored a one point escape to open the second period. Hall answered with a take down with just 00:18 left in the period. He then scored a two point near fall with 00:15 left in the second.

Fittery responded with a two point near fall of his own in the third period (1:40). Hall was able to score an escape, however, pushing the score just far enough out of reach.

Hall will wrestle in the third-fourth place match later this morning. Kirk Smith will be the final Bronco competing this weekend as he has punched his ticket to the 184-pound title match later this evening.

SESSION IV

03/19/2010 - 08:53 p.m.

Adam Hall won his second straight consolation match Friday night to earn put him one match away from the third and fourth-place match Saturday morning. No. 2 Hall beat No. 12 Steven Brown of Central Michigan by 12-4 major decision Boise State's final match of the day to advance on. Hall gained an early lead with a take down in both the first and second periods. He pushed his lead out of reach in the third with three more take downs.

Hall joins Kirk Smith as the only two Broncos who will be competing on Saturday. Smith will vie for the 184-pound championship as he meets Max Askren (Missouri) in the title match. Hall will square off against No. 5 Steve Fittery of American in the morning. With a win, he would wrestle for third/fourth.

03/19/2010 - 08:18 p.m.

Kirk Smith will compete for a national championship Saturday night as he cruised to a win in the 184-pound semifinals Friday night. Smith earned an 11-2 major decision over Michael Cannon of American University in the semis to put him one win away from becoming just the third wrestler in school history to capture an individual national title.

More details on Smith's day and his outlook for tomorrow will be available on broncosports.com shortly.

03/19/2010 - 7:08 p.m.

Adam Hall is an All-American. Despite trailing in his 157-pound consolation match, 5-1, No. 2 seed Hall put together a gutsy comeback in the second period to earn a 9-8 win by decision over No. 9 Matt Moley of Bloomington. Moley jumped out to an early lead over Hall with a four point first period. He pushed the lead to 5-1 early in the second period with an escape.

Hall responded, however, scoring two take downs in the second to narrow the score to 6-5 heading into the third. An escape and two point reversal gave Hall an 8-6 lead with 1:40 to go in regulation. From there he simply held on. Hall was charged with stalling, and Moley was able to even the score at 8-8 after an escape with 00:04 left to go. Hall had the riding time advantage, which proved to be the difference maker.

With the win Hall earns All-American honors as he is guaranteed a finish in the top-eight. He will wrestle one more match tonight in consolation action, and will finish up his weekend in tomorrow morning's session.

Kirk Smith is next on the mat for Boise State. We are currently wrestling the 157-pound semifinals, so Smith still has two rounds of matches to go before he will get his shot at the 184-pound finals.

03/19/2010 - 6:51 p.m.

Two up, two down for Boise State as two more Broncos have fallen out of tournament action Friday night. No. 9 seed Levi Jones dropped his consolation match against No. 5 Zack Bailey of Oklahoma, 7-5, at 141 pounds. That was followed by No. 8 Jason Chamberlain's loss by 5-3 decision against Kyle Borshoff of American at 149 pounds.

With the loss, both wrestlers bow out of this weekend's competition. Adam Hall is just minutes away from wrestling in the 157-pound consolation bracket. With a win he secures All-American status. With a loss, his weekend would be over as well.

03/19/2010 - 5:12 p.m.

Wrestlers and fans are starting to make their way back into Qwest Arena as we are within an hour from starting Session IV here at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Friday has been a complete turnaround from day one of the tournament here in Omaha, Neb., both in and out of the arena.

Outside Thursday brought sunshine and 60 degree weather. Inside, Boise State enjoyed a great deal of success as the Broncos wrestled to an 11-4 overall record with six of seven wrestlers advancing to the second day of competition. On Friday all that has changed. The weather is 35 degrees and heavy snowfall. Meanwhile, Boise State is just 1-5 so far today as the Broncos went 1-3 in quarterfinals action.

One bright spot for Boise State continues to be No. 1 seed Kirk Smith (184 pounds), who will wrestle in the semifinals later this evening. Tonight's session will be wrestled on six mats, with semifinal and consolation matches being wrestled simultaneously in order of weight class. That means Levi Jones (141) should wrestle first for Boise State, followed by Jason Chamberlain (149), Adam Hall (157) and then Smith.

SESSION III

03/19/2010 - 12:40 p.m.

And then there were four. Boise State saw its' third wrestler drop from NCAA tournament competition, Friday afternoon, as 197 pounder Matt Casperson lost his first consolation match of the day, 5-4, to Matthew Wilps of Pittsburgh.

Wilps took an early advantage in the match after a two point take down at the 1:58 mark in the first. Casperson answered with a two point reversal (1:24) to even the score.

After a pair of escapes by each wrestler, Casperson and Wilps were deadlocked at 3-3 with less than a minute and a half to go in regulation. With time ticking down, Casperson took a shot. Wilps spun and scored the take down, gaining a 5-3 lead. Casperson scored an escape and fought hard to the finish, but was unable to corral Wilps again.

With the loss Casperson falls from tournament action with a 2-2 record on the weekend. Boise State has not fared well on Friday with just a 1-4 record in Session III. The Broncos do have four wrestlers still alive in the tournament, as Kirk Smith is set to wrestle in Friday night's 184-pound semifinals and Adam Hall, Jason Chamberlain and Levi Jones will compete in the wrestle back.

Following the conclusion of the quarterfinals, Boise State is tied for 15th in the team standings with 22.0 points. They are currently tied with Michigan State and Pittsburgh. Iowa has opened up a bigger lead at the top with 72.0 points. Second place is Cornell with 50.0 points.

03/19/2010 - 12:13 p.m.

Boise State bid farewell to one of its' great champions early Friday afternoon as senior Nate Lee fell from the 174-pound tournament with a loss by 12-4 decision against No. 11 Joshua Patterson of Binghamton in consolation action. Lee fell behind early after a seven point first period by Patterson. He was never able to recover.

Lee concludes his career with an 83-32 all-time record, winning 72.2 percent of his collegiate matches. He is a four-time NCAA National Qualifier at 174 pounds, having been a four-year starter for the Broncos. The highlight of Lee's career came in winning back-to-back Pac-10 Conference Championships (2008 and 2009). He finished runner-up at this year's conference tourney.

03/19/2010 - 11:49 a.m.

Smith moves on! In the most exciting match Boise State has wrestled so far this tournament 184-pound No. 1 seed Kirk Smith beat Iowa's Phillip Keddy with a 6-4 decision to advance to the semifinal round. Smith guarantees All-American status with the win, as the lowest he could finish would be seventh-place. Smith's success already is quite an accomplishment, as the 184-pound bracket boasts eight returning All-Americans this year (the most of any bracket in the tournament).

Smith and Keddy battled for three periods in a back-and-forth slug fest. Keddy struck first with a two point take down in the first period (00:34). Smith was able to escape with 00:24 left in the first.

Smith chose to start the second period down, which allowed him to even the score at 2-2 with an escape 00:30 into the second period. Smith finally was able to get a good shot and made the most of it, scoring a take down with 00:55 left in the period.

Facing a 4-3 deficit heading into the third, Keddy needed an escape to even the score. He would get it immediately (1:58), tying the match again at 4-4. Smith managed to get a leg on Keddy, but was unable to convert with just over a minute to go in regulation. Opportunity presented itself with just 00:50 to go and Smith capitalized, however, as Keddy took a shot and Smith was able to spin around to Keddy's back for the take down. Keddy fought hard for an escape but Smith was able to ride the clock out and secure the win.

With the win Smith punched his ticket to the semifinal round which will be held Friday night. He will face No. 4 seed Michael Cannon of American University.

Boise State still has two wrestlers going this morning with Nate Lee and Matt Casperson who are both wrestling in the consolation bracket.

03/19/2010 - 10:58 a.m.

Session III hasn't been kind to the Boise State wrestlers as the Broncos just suffered their third loss of the quarterfinal round. No. 2 seed Adam Hall was upset by conference rival Chase Pami (Cal Poly) in a 5-2 decision at 157 pounds. Today marked the third meeting between Hall and Pami this season. Hall won the first two matches, including a 5-1 decision in the Pac-10 Conference title round.

Friday it was Pami who was able to dictate the match, as he was able to keep Hall from getting any good shots early on. Hall nearly scored a take down in the final seconds of the first period, but Pami was able to get out of bounds for a reset. Hall started down in the second period, but was unable to score an escape. Pami scored a two point near fall with just 00:23 left in the second.

In the third Hall was forced to let Pami up, down 2-0 in the match. Hall was able to score a two point take down with 00:27 left in regulation, but Pami's riding time was far too much. Another one point escape for Pami and the riding point gave him the 5-2 upset, pushing Hall to the consolation bracket.

Hall is still in contention for a third-place finish, but like Levi Jones and Jason Chamberlain, will have to wrestle two matches Friday night. Kirk Smith is the final Bronco left to wrestle in the quarterfinal round. He will face No. 9 Phillip Keddy of Iowa in the 184-pound quarters. The 165-pound quarterfinals are currently underway, so Smith shouldn't wrestle for another 30-45 minutes.

03/19/2010 - 10:33 a.m.

Boise State has started day No. 2 0-2 after Jason Chamberlain dropped his 149-pound quarterfinal match against No. 1 Lance Palmer of Ohio State by fall (1:14). Palmer scored a quick take down just 00:15 into the match. He was able to get Chamberlain on his back and score the pin a minute later.

Chamberlain joins Levi Jones, who lost is 141-pound quarterfinal match just before, in the consolation bracket. Both wrestlers could still finish as high as third, but will have to start by wrestling two matches Friday night.

Adam Hall is next on the mat for Boise State with a highly anticipated 157-pound quarterfinal rematch with No. 7 Chase Pami of Cal Poly.

03/19/2010 - 10:25 a.m.

Levi Jones was the first Bronco to fall Friday morning as he lost to No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell, 11-0. Jones managed to stay close through the first, trailing just 2-0 after one period. A two point near fall followed by a three point near fall in the second blew the match wide open, however.

Jason Chamberlain is on the mat awaiting the start of his 149-pound match. Results will come shortly.

03/19/2010 - 9:35 a.m.

We are just minutes away from the start of day No. 2 here at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships and there is certainly plenty of anticipation for Bronco fans as we get under way today. Four wrestlers will be competing in the quarterfinals today, which ties for the third most by any school here. Iowa has eight wrestlers in the quarterfinals, while Oklahoma State and Iowa State each have five. Boise State and Penn State each have four.

Yesterday's sold out attendance was marked at an incredible 15,613. There was a group of probably 30 people out front the doors today looking for tickets as you enter the arena. Rumor has it the event sold out completely last week, without even one single session ticket let for sale. It is safe to say that crowd will continue to grow as we get closer to the championships. 

SESSION II

03/18/2010 - 10:10 p.m.

Day No. 1 of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships certainly lived up to the hype, as a sold out Qwest Arena in Omaha, Neb. enjoyed over seven hours of exciting wrestling. Boise State finished day-one with an 11-4 record, as six of seven Broncos advanced to Friday's competition.

Nate Lee and Matt Casperson capped the day off for Boise State with a pair of wins in consolation action. Lee rebounded from a first round loss by beating Nathan Graham of Bloomington by a 6-1 decision in the 174-pound consolation bracket. Lee used a two take downs and a four point fourth period to earn the victory.

Casperson wrestled the final match of the night for Boise State in a 197-pound consolation match. He needed all three periods to grind out a win, but finally prevailed with a 2-1 decision over Lamar Brown of Rutgers. Going into the final period with the score tied 1-1; Casperson had the advantage of starting the third period down. He scored an escape point almost immediately and was able to hold off Brown for the win.

Lee and Casperson will continue their runs in consolation action Friday morning. They join Kirk Smith, Adam Hall, Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall who will all be wrestling in the quarterfinals on Friday. Friday's matches can be seen on ESPNU. Results and live stats can also be found by visiting ncaasports.com.

03/18/2010 - 8:35 p.m.

Alan Bartelli recorded two unfortunate firsts for Boise State in his 125-pound consolation match, as he became the first Bronco to lose in session II as well as the first Boise State wrestler to bow out of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Bartelli dropped his second match of the day in a 4-1 decision against Nikko Triggas of Ohio State to end his weekend.

Triggas scored early with a take-down just 00:30 into the first period. That proved to be the deciding score. Both wrestlers score on escapes, and Triggas would earn one advantage point to make the final 4-1 score.

Nate Lee and Matt Casperson will both wrestle in loser out matches towards the end of this session. With a win they would advance into Friday's consolation bracket.

03/18/2010 - 8:05 p.m.

Kirk Smith made it four Broncos in Friday's quarterfinals as he beat Travis Rutt of Wisconsin, 6-2, in the second round of the 184-pound bracket. Smith joined Levi Jones, Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall, as all four wrestlers went 2-0 on day-one of the NCAA Wrestling Championships to advance to the round of eight on Friday.

After a scoreless first period, Smith recorded a two point take down in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. He scored a one point escape early on in the third, then recorded another take down and one point for riding time to blow the final score out to 6-2.

With the win Boise State is 5-0 in the second session, with three matches left to go. Alan Bartelli, Nate Lee and Matt Casperson all wrestle this evening in consolation action. Updated brackets with tomorrow's matchups will be posted on broncosports.com later tonight.

03/18/2010 - 7:41 p.m.

All is well for Boise State during the second session of Thursday's wrestling action as the Broncos are a perfect 4-0 so far tonight. The Broncos have advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinal round of their respective weight class as No. 2 seed Adam Hall just beat Keegan Davis of Oregon State, 12-4, to move on in the championship bracket.

Hall joined Levi Jones and Jason Chamberlain, who also won their second round matches Thursday night to advance on in the winners bracket. Hall overcame a slow first period with an explosion in the second and third, blowing a 2-1 lead out to 12-4. He scored two take downs in the second period, and followed that up with two more in the third. Davis scored all four points on escapes.

The Broncos will look to make it a perfect 4-for-4 in round two as No. 1 seed Kirk Smith still has to wrestle for a spot in the 184-pound quarterfinals. Boise State has four more matches tonight, with Smith's and three consolation matches.

03/18/2010 - 7:23 p.m.

It was a huge 30 minutes for Boise State as Levi Jones and Jason Chamberlain both earned wins to advance to the quarterfinals round of their respective brackets. Jones scored a 6-1 decision over Alex Krom of Maryland at 141 pounds to stay perfect (2-0) in the tournament. Immediately following, Chamberlain scored a win by 5-2 decision against Kevin LeValley of Bucknell in the 149-pound second round.

Jones used a big second period to propel him to the win, as he managed to keep Krom from escaping for the entire second period. With a 2-1 lead heading into the final round, Jones scored an escape as well as a two point take down to seal the win. He also scored one point for riding time to make the final 6-1.

Chamberlain needed all three periods to finally outlast LeValley, after the two wrestled to a scoreless first period. Chamberlain scored a two point take down in the second, but LeValley scored two escapes to even the score at 2-2 heading into the third. With just 30 seconds left in the match, Chamberlain finally scored a take down to give himself the 4-2 advantage. From there he held on, earning a point for riding time giving him the 5-2 win.

Adam Hall is just about to open his day against Oregon State's Keegan Davis in the 157 pound bracket.

03/18/2010 - 6:52 p.m.

Matt Casperson recorded his first win of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships with a win by 8-3 decision against Dylan Temple of Appalachian State in the 197-pound consolation bracket. After losing his opening round match against No. 1 ranked Jake Varner (Iowa State), Casperson was forced to wrestle in the 197-pound pig tail match to advance in the consolation bracket.

Casperson responded from the loss with three take downs against Temple en route to the big win. Casperson opened the match up with a 3-1 lead, but blew it wide open with two take downs in the final period. He also earned a point for riding time to put the final score at 8-3.

Casperson will face Lamar Brown of Rutgers in his final match Thursday night in more consolation action. Boise State has seven matches remaining in all tonight.

SESSION I

03/18/2010 - 3:27 p.m.

The Session II matchups are set. Below is a list of Boise State's opponents in the Thursday night session of the NCAA Championships.

Second Round:

141 - #9 Levi Jones (BSU) vs. #8 Alex Krom (Maryland)

149 - #8 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) vs. #9 Kevin LeValley (Bucknell)

157 - #2 Adam Hall (BSU) vs. Keegan Davis (Oregon State

184 - #1 Kirk Smith (BSU) vs. Travis Rutt (Wisconsin)

Consolation:

125 - Alan Bartelli (BSU) vs. Nikko Triggas (Ohio State)

174 - Nate Lee (BSU) vs. Nathan Graham (Bloom)

197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) vs. Dylan Temple (Appalachian State)

03/18/2010 - 2:15 p.m.

Session I is in the books for Boise State as the Broncos finished 4-3 after the first round of competition at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Matt Casperson was the final Bronco to wrestle Thursday afternoon, as he met No. 1 seed Jake Varner of Iowa State in the 197-pound bracket.

Casperson was aggressive, but Varner was simply too strong as he dominated the entire match en route to a 17-2 win by technical fall. Casperson managed to stay close early with just a 2-0 deficit after the first period. A five point second round was followed by a six point third, however, which blew the match wide open for Varner.

The Broncos are done for this afternoon, but will return to action in this evening's session which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. (CST). Boise State has four wrestlers vying for a spot in tomorrow's quarterfinals, while three Broncos will continue their weekend in the consolation bracket.

03/18/2010 - 1:52 p.m.

No. 1 Kirk Smith survived a late scare against Jerome Ward of Iowa State in the opening round of the 184-pound bracket. The match was a rematch of last year's tournament where Smith beat Ward 3-1. This time it was Ward who jumped out to an early lead, scoring a two point take down with 1:16 left in the first period.

Ward extended his lead to 3-1 with a one point escape to open the second period. Smith answered late in the second, however, scoring a two point take down with just 00:15 left in the second period. Smith started down to open the third and scored a one point escape to take his first lead of the match, 4-3, with 1:55 left in regulation. He managed to fend off Ward's few shots for the win.

Boise State has just one wrestler left to compete in the first session, as 197 pounder Matt Casperson should be on the mat within the next 20 minutes.

03/18/2010 - 1:32 p.m.

Boise State senior Nate Lee wrestled Boise State's best match of the day so far in his 174-pound opening round, as Lee took No. 1 overall seed Mack Lewnes of Cornell down to the wire before losing the match with a 5-2 decision. Lee managed to keep Lewnes locked up for much of the match, however, as the wrestlers were tied 2-2 with just 00:59 left in the third period.

Lewnes scored his first take down of the match with just under a minute left in regulation, however, and Lee was unable to answer. Lewnes scored one point for riding time to move the final score to 5-2, but Lee wrestled the nation's top wrestler much closer than that.

Boise State's own No. 1 seed, Kirk Smith, will debut here shortly with a rematch from last year's tournament against Iowa State's Jerome Ward.

03/18/2010 - 12:28 p.m.

Jason Chamberlain is 2-0 on the day after beating Brian Stephens of Virginia Tech by a 10-2 major decision. Chamberlain, who is the No. 8 seed at 149 pounds, won the pig tail match this morning before beating Stephens in the first round. He wrestled well again, scoring take downs in all three periods.

Chamberlain took an early 2-1 lead with a take down in the first period. He extended that lead to 5-1 with a one point escape and another take down in the second. Chamberlain put the match well out of reach in the third with two more take downs. He also scored one point for riding advantage.

The Broncos have fared well early on, starting the tournament with a 3-1 record. Due to Adam Hall's first round bye, Boise State is off the mat for a while now. Nate Lee will meet No. 1 overall seed Mack Lewnes of Cornell in the 174-pound bracket.

03/18/2010 - 12:08 p.m.

Levi Jones looked like he is back to top form after a disappointing finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Jones earned a first round win against Jordan Lipp of American University, 3-1. While the final score may have been a little closer than the No. 9 seed Jones would have liked, he was certainly the aggressor all match long.

Lipp managed to fend off all of Jones' shots in the first round for a scoreless match going into period two. Lipp deferred to start the second and Jones chose down. He scored a one point escape immediately. Jones then recorded the decisive two point take down with just 15 seconds left in the second period to take a 3-0 lead.

Jones allowed a one point escape to Lipp at start the third period (1:50), but that would be his only points of the match. Next on the mat for Boise State is Jason Chamberlain, who will wrestle his second match of the day at 149 pounds.

03/18/2010 - 11:41 a.m.

Alan Bartelli just dropped his first match of the tournament, as he fell to the defending 125-pound National Champion Troy Nickerson of Cornell 8-0. Unfortunately no further results available, as I was with Kirk Smith getting interviewed for the ESPN broadcast of Friday and Saturday's matches. Fans will be able to watch Sessions III-VI (Friday and Saturday) on ESPNU.

03/18/2010 - 11:11 a.m.

The 2010 NCAA Championships are officially underway and they couldn't have started better for the Broncos. Jason Chamberlain scored the first win of the tournament for the Broncos as he beat David Cheza of Michigan State in the 149-pound pig tail match. In front of a sold out Qwest Arena crowd, No. 8 seed Chamberlain struck first with a two point take down in the first round.

Cheza took advantage of a pair of point escapes and a takedown in the second period to take a 4-2 lead early on in the second. Chamberlain scored his second take down of the match. Another escape (00:05) at the end of the second evened the match at 5-5 with just one period to go.

Chamberlain chose to start down in the third, and quickly scored a one point escape to regain the lead. He scored his third take down of the match at the 1:04 match, and never looked back. Chamberlain scored one point for riding time to push the final score to 9-5.

Chamberlain will wrestle one more match in this morning's first session. As a team, Boise State will have six more matches in Session I of the tournament.

03/17/2010 - 8:05 p.m.

We are less than 24 hours away from kicking off the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and it is safe to say the tournament atmosphere is in full swing already. Despite having only been here four hours so far, I think I have seen at least 30 different schools represented on t-shirts walking around down town Omaha.

Boise State received good new today, as junior Adam Hall learned he will have a first round bye after Jonny Bonnilla-Bowman of Hofstra was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. Hall, who is the
No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, gains a huge advantage of having to only win four matches to bring home a national title now.

The opening round of the tournament starts tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 11 a.m. (CST).