Hochstrasser Falls Short in Finals
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Boise State redshirt senior Andrew Hochstrasser saw his run at capturing a NCAA National Wrestling Championship fall short, Saturday (March 19) night, as he fell in the 133-pound title match to Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State, 8-4, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Hochstrasser had punched his ticket to the title round after winning his first four matches at the national tournament. Completing a perfect ending to his collegiate career would be no short order however; as Hochstrasser would have to go through No. 1 overall seed Oliver who had beat Hochstrasser twice already this season.
Oliver won their first meeting by 8-7 decision in an exhibition match at the All-Star Classic on Nov. 21. He then won their second meeting in dual competition on Feb. 11, with a 5-2 decision.
On Saturday Oliver took control of the match early scoring his first takedown of the night just 00:15 into the first period. After a Hochstrasser escape, Oliver would shoot and score again with 00:35 left in the opening period to extend his lead to 4-1. As Hochstrasser scrambled for an escape Oliver was able to turn him and score a two point near fall to put Hochstrasser against the ropes with two periods left to wrestle.
In the second period Oliver chose neutral and he would take advantage of the standing start with another takedown at the 1:40 mark to extend his lead to 8-2. Hochstrasser would escape in the second, and once again in the third, but as Oliver went on the defense he was never able to score a takedown to cut into the final 8-4 decision.
The disappointment of a finals loss does nothing to take away from the incredible run Hochstrasser made at the NCAA Championships however, as he put himself in exclusive company in Boise State wrestling history. Hochstrasser is just the sixth Bronco wrestler to ever reach the national title match and the fourth to place second at the NCAA Championships. Scott Barrett (126 pounds; 1982), Ben Cherrington (157; 2006), Larry Quisel (157; 2000), Smith (184; 2010) and Kirk White (165; 1999) are the only other Boise State wrestlers to reach the national finals match. Barrett, Quisel and Smith each placed second at the NCAA Championships.
Hochstrasser concludes his career as one of the most decorated wrestlers in Boise State history as a two-time All-American, a two-time Pac-10 Conference Champion and a three-time NCAA national qualifier. He compiled a 98-14 record over four seasons, which ranks sixth in Boise State history for most career wins.
Hochstrasser's individual success this weekend has helped Boise State earn the best team finish at nationals in program history, as the Broncos concluded the weekend in ninth-place with 57.5 points. The previous best finish for Boise State was 10th-place in 1999. Penn State captured the 2011 team national championship with 107.5 points.
Chamberlain Places Third; Hall Fifth
The Boise State wrestling team managed to keep pace with the top teams at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Saturday afternoon, as two Broncos earned top five finishes to keep the team in the hunt for its best ever finish at the national tournament.
Jason Chamberlain earned the first individual trophy of the weekend for Boise State in consolation action of the 149-pound bracket. Chamberlain, who entered the weekend as the No. 6 seed, managed to rebound from a semifinals loss on Friday with a pair of wins Saturday morning.
He opened the fifth session with a 3-1 overtime win over No. 5 Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State in the consolation semifinals round. After wrestling to a 1-1 deadlock at the end of regulation, Chamberlain scored a takedown with 00:28 left in the first sudden victory period to earn the win. The win avenged Chamberlain's only regular season loss, which came against Parks in a 3-1 overtime decision.
With the win Chamberlain advanced to face No. 8 Ganbayar Sanjaa of American in the third-place match. Patience would be crucial for Chamberlain as he outlasted Sanjaa for a 3-0 decision. Chamberlain scored a pair of penalty points to put the match out of reach.
After clinching the first All-American honor of his career yesterday, Chamberlain finishes his junior season with a 29-2 overall record.
Shortly after Chamberlain finished his weekend at the NCAA Championships, Adam Hall concluded an illustrious collegiate career at Boise State with a fifth-place finish at 157 pounds. Hall opened the day with a loss in semifinal consolation action, but was able to rebound in the fifth-place match to go out with a win.
In the consolation semifinals Hall, the No. 1 overall seed, fell to No. 2 Steve Fittery of American by 5-0 decision to end his run at back-to-back third-place finishes at nationals. After trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, Hall was caught on his back trying to escape and Fittery took advantage, scoring three back points to put the match out of reach.
Hall managed to rebound from his second loss of the weekend with a chance to redeem a quarterfinals loss to No. 8 Jason Welch of Northwestern. Welch ended Hall's run at a national championship on Friday as he scored a takedown in the final seconds of their quarterfinals match to secure a 3-1 victory. On Saturday, it would be Hall that took over late to earn a win.
Hall built a 2-0 lead over Welch heading into the third and was able to extend his lead with the only takedown of the match with 1:30 left in regulation. A point for riding time advantage would put the match completely out of reach at 5-1.
The win caps an incredible career for Hall, who finishes as a two-time All-American for the Broncos. He ranks second all-time at Boise State for career wins with an overall record of 122-18. He finishes just two wins short of tying Tyler Sherfey (124-39) for first on the list. Hall compiled a 30-2 record in 2010-11.
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