BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State University wrestling team will travel north this weekend to begin its quest to defend the Broncos 2008 Pac-10 Conference championship. The Broncos face a two-day, four-team road trip that will begin Saturday, Nov. 1, in Spokane, Wash. and commence Sunday, Nov. 2, in Great Falls, Mont.

                On Saturday Boise State will face off with North Idaho College and Northern Colorado. NIC will wrestle both Boise State and Northern Colorado, simultaneously, at 5 p.m. Boise State will then go head-to-head against Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. On Sunday the Broncos will travel to Montana to face the University of Great Falls and Montana State-Northern. Boise State will face MSU-Northern at 5:00 p.m. and Great Falls at 6:30 p.m.

                The Broncos start the 2008-09 season ranked No. 13 nationally, according to Wrestling International Newsmagazine. The Broncos have nine wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 by W.I.N. for their respective weight class.  They are coming off of an 11-2 season in 2007-08, which culminated with Boise State winning the fourth Pac-10 wrestling title in program history. The Broncos also sent nine wrestlers to the NCAA tournament, which was highlighted by sophomore Kirk Smith’s eighth-place finish.  

“We’re not even looking at the Pac-10 tournament right now,” Head Coach Greg Randall said about the upcoming season. “We are looking towards the NCAA tournament and how we finish there... It’s nice to know we’re going to have a really good chance to repeat at the Pac-10 tournament, but it’s just a stepping stone to where we want to go.”

                Smith, who earned All-American honors at 187-pounds last season, leads a talented group of young wrestlers this year. He finished his freshman campaign with a 28-6 overall record and finished runner-up at the Pac-10 tournament.

                The Broncos also boast two conference champions from a season ago in senior Cory Fish and junior Nate Lee. Fish captured the 133-pound Pac-10 title, while Lee wrestled his way to the 174-pound championship. Fish, who will wrestle at 141-pounds this year, is one of just four seniors on the Bronco roster.

                Fellow senior Tyler Sherfey will wrestle at 157-pounds for the Broncos once again, after finishing last season with a 30-11 record and a Pac-10 runner-up finish. Sherfey started every dual last season for the Broncos at 157-pounds.

                One of the exciting new additions to the Bronco lineup will be sophomore Andrew Hochstrasser, who red-shirted last season after returning to Boise State from a two-year church mission.  While wrestling unattached, Hochstrasser compiled a 19-1 record last season en route to three tournament titles at 133-pounds.

                Boise State will be on the road until Wednesday, Nov. 19, when the Broncos return home to host Utah Valley State in a dual. Most of the month of November will be spent at preseason tournaments, however, to help the Broncos gear up for the Pac-10 season. The Broncos’ first conference dual of the season won’t be until Dec. 12, when Oregon State travels to Boise.

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