BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's Andrew Hochstrasser and Nate Lee recently received prestigious invitations to join some of the nation's top collegiate wrestlers, as the two Broncos were invited to compete in the 44th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Fullerton, Calif. on Nov. 22. The All-Star Classic pits some of the top NCAA wrestlers head-to-head, with one match scheduled for each weight class, as well as three additional “featured bouts“.
Unfortunately, neither Hochstrasser or Lee will be able to compete in this year's tournament due to a conflict with Boise State's team schedule. The Broncos are set to face the University of Wisconsin and Oregon State University in a pair of duals on Nov. 22 (Sunday) in Corvallis, Ore.
Despite not being able to participate, the nominations still come as great honors for the two wrestlers. Dating back to the inaugural meet in 1967, Boise State has only competed in the NWCA All-Star Classic five times. The first Bronco to compete in the meet was Scott Lynch (126 pounds) in 1983. Since then, Boise State was also represented in the All-Star Classic in 1996 (Charles Burton, 167 pounds), 1999 (Kirk White, 165), 2000 (Kirk White, 165) and 2002 (Ben Vombaur, 125). The Broncos are 2-3 overall.
Hochstrasser, a junior from Tooele, Utah (Tooele HS), earned his invitation to wrestle at 133 pounds following an All-American campaign in 2008-09. Hochstrasser won his first Pac-10 Conference championship prior to earning a fourth-place finish at last season's NCAA National Championships. He finished his sophomore season with a 34-5 overall record.
Lee, a senior from Payson, Ariz. (Payson HS), enters his third season as the Bronco starter at 174 pounds. He won back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 2007-08 and 2008-09. As a junior Lee compiled a 20-5 overall record, while also qualifying for his third consecutive NCAA tournament.
Boise State kicks-off the 2009-10 season this Saturday (Oct. 31) against North Idaho College in Spokane, Wash. The Broncos host their first home dual of the season on Nov. 6 (Friday) when they face Montana-Great Falls at 6 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.