BOISE, Idaho The Boise State wrestling program had a strong showing this past Saturday, May 23, at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., as two Broncos advanced to the championship match of their respective weight class in free style. The tournament pits the nation’s top 17-20 year old wrestlers head-to-head with the chance to represent the United States at the FILA Junior World Team Championships in Ankara, Turkey, August 4-9.
Jason Chamberlain, who recently finished his freshman campaign at Boise State, won the 66 kg/145.5-pound title with a perfect record throughout the tournament. Chamberlain’s first obstacle was the Challenge Bracket, which was set in a best-of-three format. That meant Chamberlain had to beat each opponent twice to advance to the final round. He finished the Challenge Bracket 3-0, with a perfect 6-0 match record.
In the finals Chamberlain would earn a rematch against Mario Mason of the Minnesota Storm wrestling club. Mason defeated Chamberlain, 1-0, 1-0, earlier this spring in the finals at the FILA Junior Nationals. Chamberlain would take the upper hand this time, however, beating Mason in two matches, 5-1, 1-0 and 3-0, 1-0, to win the title. He finished the tournament with a 10-0 match record, while only allowing one point in the entire tournament. With the win, Chamberlain earns a spot on the U.S. FILA Junior World Team.
Bronco teammate Kirk Smith shared in Chamberlain’s success at the FILA Junior WTT tournament, as he also went perfect in Challenge Bracket competition to earn a spot in the 84 kg/185-pound championship round. Smith, who won the 2008 FILA Junior WTT, went 3-0 in challenge competition before falling to Chris Perry in the title round. Smith lost the first match by injury default, and was unable to continue in the second match.
Boise State was also represented at the FILA Junior WTT by Brian Owen, who also finished his first collegiate season in 2008-09. Owen finished fourth in the Challenge Bracket with a 2-2 record in the 60 kg/132.25-pound weight class. He was 2-1 before falling in the third-place match of the tournament.