KIRK SMITH WINS NATIONAL JUNIOR FREESTYLE TOURNAMENT / WILL COMPETE IN TWO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS THIS SUMMER

                BOISE, Idaho While most of the Boise State University student-athletes will be staying in Boise working out and going to school this summer, wrestler Kirk Smith will be competing at international tournaments in Ecuador and Turkey.

                The Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and the first Bronco wrestler to earn All-American honors his rookie season; Smith earned the 185-pound (84 kg) position on the USA Wrestling Junior National Team following his championship finish at the FILA Junior & University World Team Trials this past month.

                Smith (Boise, Idaho) won the freestyle title when he defeated Dustin Kilgore in a best two of three match series in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Smith won the first match, 1-0 and 2-1, before capturing the second match 1-1 and 7-1.  Smith advanced to the championship match against Kilgore after winning the qualifying tournament at the world team trials. 

                Smith will first compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in Cuenca, Ecuador, June 20-22 (Friday-Sunday), before traveling to Istanbul, Turkey to wrestle at the World Junior Championships July 29-Aug. 3 (Tuesday-Sunday).  Smith will also compete in the Greco-Roman competition at the Pan American Junior Championships.

                At the 2008 NCAA National Championships, Smith became the first Bronco wrestler to earn All-American honors as a freshman when he finished eighth in the 184-pound weight class.  Smith finished the season with an overall record of 28-6 and placed second in his weight class at the Pac-10 Championships.

                Boise State will also have another representative at the Pan American Junior Games later this month.  Brian Owen from Spokane, Washington, who will be a freshman on next year’s Bronco team after completing an outstanding high school career.  Owen, who finished his senior season at University High School ranked third in the country, will compete in the 132-pound (60 kg) weight class after placing third at the world team trials. 

Following is a list of other Bronco results from the world team trials

University (Age 25 and under)

Cory Fish (145.5-pounds <66kg>) placed fourth

Andrew Hochstrasser (132 pounds) advanced to the consolation semifinals

Eli Hutchison (145.5) advanced to the fourth round of wrestlebacks

Tyler Sherfey (163 pounds <74kg>) placed second

 

Junior (Age 20 and under)

Jason Chamberlain (145.5) placed third

Kurt Swartz (163-pounds) advanced to fourth round of wrestlebacks


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