BUDAPEST, Hungary - Boise State junior Jason Chamberlain made the most of his opportunity to compete at the 2010 FILA Junior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary this past weekend, as Chamberlain wrestled his way to a fifth-place finish in the 66 kg (145.5 pound) free style weight class on Sunday (July 25).
Chamberlain, a Springville, Utah (Springville HS) native, earned his fifth-place finish after falling in the bronze medal match to Anton Afansyeu of Belarus. Chamberlain would record a win in the best-of-three match, but didn't quite have enough to overcome Afansyeu in a 0-1, 1-0, 1-2 loss. With the final match tied at 1-1, Chamberlain came close but was not awarded a takedown as time expired. The United States protested the call, which was upheld, giving Afansyeu the go-ahead point for the failed protest.
The heart breaking loss concluded an outstanding day for Chamberlain, however, in which he finished with a 3-2 record. After opening the tournament with a 1-0, 5-1 victory over Yun-Han Lee of Korea, Chamberlain would drop his second match to Kotaro Tanaka of Japan, 2-2, 2-2, 0-3. Chamberlain rebounded to earn a spot in the bronze medal match with wins over Lennard Wickel of Germany, 0-1, 3-1, 2-1 and Mirbek Adbydaev of Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, 1-0.
Chamberlain, who enters his third season of competition with the Broncos, started at 149 pounds for Boise State as a freshman and sophomore. He is a two-time NCAA national qualifier and was the 2009 Pac-10 Conference Champion. Chamberlain finished is sophomore campaign with a 26-10 overall record including a 12-4 record in duals.