Bronco Wrestling Opens Season at Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Boise State wrestling team will kick off the 2012-13 season against Wyoming in dual match, Thursday, before taking part in the Cowboy Open Tournament, Saturday. The dual is slated for a 7 p.m., start while the tournament will last all day.

Live stats will be available for the dual match HERE along with live video (subscription required) HERE. Only live stats will be provided for the Cowboy Open HERE.

About the Broncos: The Boise State roster is up to 33 student-athletes this season, with 12 newcomers on the team. Despite over a third of the lineup being new, The Broncos return all 10 starters from last season after losing only two graduating seniors. Among those returners are 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Brian Owen (133), George Ivanov (157), Jake Swartz (184) and Brent Chriswell (197). The broncos will also have NCAA All-American Jason Chamberlain (149) returning to action after redshirting last season.

In the Rankings: The Broncos feature five ranked wrestlers, including No. 12 Brian Owen (133), No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 18 George Ivanov (157), No. 12 Jake Swartz (184) and 15th-ranked Brent Chriswell (197).

Scouting the Competition: Wyoming finished 19th last season at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since 1996. In 2011-12, the Pokes went 10-3 in duals and a perfect 6-0 in Western Wrestling Conference action, and won their third-straight conference tournament crown. Wyoming has two wrestlers in the top 20 of the InterMat rankings. Sophomore 125-pounder Tyler Cox is ranked 17th and senior 197-pounder Alfonso Hernandez is No. 4 in the nation.

Chamberlain's Travels: Redshirt senior Jason Chamberlain has had a busy summer. His journey to the World University Games in Finland started in Akron, Ohio, where he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the World University Championships. The performance set him up for a finals appearance at the World University Team Trials, where he defeated defending NCAA Champion Frank Molinaro to earn a spot on the American roster. In Finland, Chamberlaind suffered a first round defeat to Russian Roland Ondar.

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