Broncos Ranked No. 2 in NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll

BOISE, Idaho - The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced its first Division I team ranking of the 2010-11 season, Tuesday (Oct. 26), which features Boise State as the No. 2 overall team to open the fall.

The Broncos trail only Cornell, who was voted No. 1 to start the season with 275 points. Boise State received 254 points to fall in at No. 2. Rounding out the top five is Oklahoma State (252 points), Minnesota (244) and Wisconsin (224). The Broncos are scheduled to face off against three preseason top-25 teams, including Oklahoma State on Feb. 11 in Stillwater, Okla. for Boise State's regular season finale.

Boise State received its No. 2 ranking following an 11th-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Broncos return two All-Americans from last year's national tournament in seniors Kirk Smith (184 pounds) and Adam Hall (157). They also return senior Andrew Hochstrasser (133) who wrestled to All-American status in 2009.

Boise State leads the way for three other Pac-10 Conference teams that were ranked in the top-25 to open the season. Arizona State is ranked No. 16, while Oregon State is No. 22 and Cal Poly is No. 24.

This marks the second No. 2 national ranking for the Broncos in just over a month as they were also ranked second in the Sept. 22 Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine tournament power index. The W.I.N. TPI is a projection poll of how teams are expected to finish at the 2011 NCAA tournament, based on individual rankings in each weight class.

Boise State will open the 2010-11 season on Nov. 6 (Saturday) when the Broncos travel to Spokane, Wash. to take on North Idaho College. Boise State returns home on Nov. 13 (Saturday) to host Oregon State in a highly anticipated Pac-10 match-up. The dual will be held in Taco Bell Arena and is scheduled for a 9 p.m. start.

NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll (Oct. 26)

Rank School Points

1 Cornell 275

2 Boise State 254

3 Oklahoma State 252

4 Minnesota 244

5 Wisconsin 224

6 Penn State 215

7 Iowa 214

8 Oklahoma 197

9 Central Michigan 191

10 Illinois 149

11 Missouri 148

12 Ohio State 137

13 Virginia Tech 104

14 Pittsburgh 102

15 Nebraska 95

16 Arizona State 80

17 Lehigh 78

18 Michigan 70

19 Northwestern 65

20 Purdue 63

21 Rutgers 58

22 Oregon State 56

23 Virginia 54

24 Cal Poly 46

25 Iowa State 45


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