ST. LOUIS, Mo. Boise State advanced three wrestlers to the final day of NCAA National Championship competition in St. Louis, Mo., Friday, as the Broncos sit in 10th-place as a team with 43 points. Sophomore Andrew Hochstrasser won his first three matches of the tournament before falling in the 133-pound semifinals Friday evening. Hochstrasser, Tyler Sherfey and Brent Chriswell have all secured at least an eighth-place finish and All-American honors heading into Saturday’s competition.
Hochstrasser (34-4 overall, 18-2) entered Friday’s competition one of three Bronco wrestlers that were still undefeated. He was the only one to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals, however, by defeating Iowa’s Daniel Dennis 9-6. His run at a national championship fell just short Friday evening, falling to No. 1 Franklin Gomez of Maryland, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Hochstrasser trailed just 4-3 with less than a minute to go in the match and had the riding time advantage. Gomez earned a two-point takedown in the final moments, however, to send Hochstrasser to the consolation bracket. He is now set to face Maryland’s Steve Bell, who Hochstrasser already beat in the tournament, 9-2. If he wins, Hochstrasser would compete for the third-place trophy.
Sherfey (30-10, 15-6) went 3-1 in the 165-pound bracket on Friday, fighting his way through the consolation bracket and into contention for a seventh-place finish. Sherfey earned wins against Lehigh’s Mike Galante, 4-2, Illinois’ Roger Smith-Bergsrud, 12-5 and No. 5 Colt Sponseller of Ohio State, 2-0. In his fourth match of the day, Sherfey fell to Andrew Rendos of Bucknell, which bumped him into the seventh and eighth-place match on Saturday. He is now set to face Nick Marable of Missouri.
Chriswell (17-2, 7-1) opened Friday’s action with his first tournament loss of the season, falling to No. 2 Zach Tanell of Wisconsin, 6-2, in the 197-pound weight class. He rebounded quickly, however, knocking off Oklahoma’s Eric Lapotsky, 3-2, and Cal State Bakersfield’s Brandon Halsey, 3-2. Chriswell is still in contention for third-place, but must first go through Tyrell Todd of Michigan in his first match Saturday morning.
Boise State’s other wrestlers weren’t so fortunate on Friday, however, as five Broncos fell from the tournament on the second day of competition. Cory Fish (141-pounds), Jason Chamberlain (149), Adam Hall (157), Nate Lee (174) and Kirk Smith (184) all bowed out of the tournament Friday.
Fish (20-11, 12-5) and Chamberlain (21-9, 11-3) both lost their first matches of the day to end their weekends. Hall (36-6, 18-5) won his first two matches Friday, before suffering his second loss of the tournament in consolation bracket action. Lee (20-5, 7-4) went 1-1 on Friday, losing his second match of the day to cut his tournament run short.
Smith (38-3, 19-2) started the weekend 2-0, before stumbling with two consecutive losses on Friday to bump him from competition as well. His first loss came in a 2-1 decision against Nebraska’s Vince Jones, who scored one advantage point for riding time to win the match. His second and final loss came at the hands of Joshua Patterson of Binghamton, 6-3.
The NCAA National Wrestling Championships will conclude Saturday. All of the tournament action can be followed at ncaa.com.