BOISE, Idaho - Boise State senior Jason Chamberlain had a successful start to his 2012 summer when he captured the 66 kg/145.5 lbs title and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the University National Freestyle Championships this past weekend in Akron, Ohio.
After losing the first period of his finals match to Nick Dardanes 0-1, Chamberlain rallied back to win the final two periods, 1-0 and 3-0, to capture the championship in his weight class.
Among the matches he won on his way to the tournament title, Chamberlain defeated two-time NCAA national champion Kellen Russell from the University of Michigan in the third round.
"I pride myself in being somebody with a lot of stamina," Chamberlain stated. "At the end of the match I am more likely to score. I think that showed in the finals. I kept battling."
Chamberlain's tournament victory qualified him for the 2012 University World Team Trials on Aug. 17 and 18 (Friday and Saturday) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A native of Springville, Utah, Chamberlain red-shirted this past season after earning NCAA All-American honors as a junior. He wrestled to a third place finish at the 2011 NCAA National Championships and finished the season with an overall record of 29-2. He has a three-year record of 77-21 while competing at Boise State.
Chamberlain is a two-time Pac-12 Champion at the 149-pound weight class and has qualified for the NCAA National Tournament three times.
This past April Chamberlain, and former Bronco wrestlers Andrew Hochstrasser and Adam Hall, competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trails. Chamberlain posted an overall record of 2-2 at the Olympic qualifying tournament with Hall recording a 3-2 mark in the same weight class of 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Hochstrasser had the highest finish among the Broncos placing fourth in the 60 kg/132 lbs class.