ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – The Boise State wrestling team received its’ second preseason top-10 national ranking of the fall, Friday (Oct. 23), as the Broncos were ranked No. 9 in the InterMat Wrestling preseason NCAA Division I team poll. Earlier this month Boise State was also picked ninth by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine.
The InterMat Wrestling preseason team rankings are led by No. 1 Iowa, who is followed by Iowa State, Ohio State, Cornell and Minnesota to round out the top-five. Oklahoma State was voted in at No. 6, while Nebraska, Missouri, Boise State and Maryland complete the top-10 in that order.
Along with the No. 9 ranking, the Broncos also have wrestlers ranked in the top-20 individually in eight different weight classes. Boise State has five wrestlers currently ranked in the top-10 for their respective weight class.
Leading the way once again for Boise State is junior Andrew Hochstrasser, who ranks No. 3 at 133 pounds. Joining Hochstrasser with top-10 rankings is Adam Hall (157 pound) at No. 6, Kirk Smith (184) at No. 7, Nate Lee (174) at No. 8 and Jason Chamberlain (149) at No. 10.
Boise State also has three wrestlers that rank from 15th to 20th, with Matt Casperson receiving the next highest ranking for the Broncos. Casperson ranks No. 15 at 197 pounds, while Kurt Swartz is No. 17 at 165 pounds and Brian Owen is No. 20 at 125 pounds.
The Broncos open the 2009-10 season on Oct. 31 when they face North Idaho College in Spokane, Wash. Boise State returns home on Nov. 6 (Friday) for the Broncos’ first home dual of the season against the University of Montana-Great Falls at 6 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.