BOISE, Idaho - Wrestling International Newsmagazine (W.I.N.) announced its NCAA Division I wrestling preseason rankings this week and Boise State University is represented almost across the board. The Broncos were picked No. 13 as a team in dual rankings, while defending champion the University of Iowa took top honors.
W.I.N. also released a tournament power index, which ranks teams according to how each school’s currently ranked wrestlers would finish at the NCAA National Tournament in March of 2009. Boise State finished 10th with 34.5 points. Iowa ranked the highest with 91 points.
The preseason poll also has nine Boise State wrestlers ranked in the nation’s top 20 for their respective weight class. The only weight division where Boise State is not currently ranked is at 125-pounds. The Broncos have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 with Kirk Smith (184-pounds) leading the way. Smith, who finished 8th at the NCAA Championships last spring, is currently ranked No. 6.
Matt Casperson (197) received the second highest ranking at 7th. Tyler Sherfey (157) and Nate Lee (174) are both currently ranked 8th, while Adam Hall (149) is ranked 9th and Andy Hochstrasser (133) is ranked 10th. Rounding out the Bronco honors is Cory Fish (141) at 15th, Nick Smith (HWT) at 16th and Kurt Swartz (165) at 18th.Boise State is coming off a 24th place finish at last year’s NCAA National Tournament, and is the defending Pac-10 Conference Champions.