BOISE, Idaho – On Monday (Oct. 5) Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine announced the release of its preseason Division I Tournament Power Index (TPI) and individual rankings for 2009-10, and Boise State has started the season ranked No. 9 with five wrestlers ranked in the top-11 for their respective weight classes.
The TPI is calculated by awarding points to each team for their wrestlers that are currently ranked individually. Teams also earn points based on the number of potential All-Americans they could have, while they also get advancement points for wrestlers ranked individually from ninth to 20th.
The Broncos are ranked No. 9 in the preseason TPI with 38.5 points. The University of Iowa ranks No. 1 with 90 points. Boise State has five wrestlers ranked in the top-11, four of which currently rank in the top seven. In 2008-09 Boise State earned its’ second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference Championship with a record 172.5 points at the conference tournament. The Broncos also finished 12th at the NCAA tournament with 46.5 points.
Junior Andrew Hochstrasser currently leads the Broncos with the highest individual ranking at third for 133-pounds. Hochstrasser was an All-American in 2008 after placing fourth at the NCAA Championships. He finished his sophomore season with a 35-4 overall record.
Joining Hochstrasser with top-10 rankings are juniors Adam Hall and Kirk Smith, and senior Nate Lee. Hall currently ranks fifth at 157-pounds, after finishing last season with a 35-6 record. Smith (184) and Lee (174) both hold No. 7 rankings. Smith was 38-3 as a sophomore, while Lee finished 20-5 a season ago. Rounding out Boise State’s group of ranked wrestlers is sophomore Jason Chamberlain, who is No. 11 at 149-pounds. Chamberlain concluded his freshman campaign with a 22-9 overall record.