No. 2 Broncos Host No. 22 Oregon State Saturday

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 2 ranked Boise State wrestling team returns home this weekend for one of its most anticipated duals of the 2010-11 season as the Broncos will square off against No. 22 Oregon State, Saturday (Nov. 13), at 9 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State (1-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) will host the Beavers (0-0, 0-0) in the first of five home duals for the Broncos this season.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a decisive 33-12 win over North Idaho College in the Broncos first dual of the season. Boise State scored wins in the first seven matches of the night to build a 33-0 lead over the Cardinals. The Broncos earned two pins, two technical falls and two major decisions en route to the victory. NIC scored on a forfeit at 184 pounds, as well as decisions at 197 and heavyweight.

Boise State riding high in the rankings...

Boise State opens the season ranked No. 2 nationally in multiple polls, with their most recent coming in the Nov. 9 NWCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll. After receiving the second overall ranking in the preseason coaches' poll, the Broncos managed to secure the No. 2 spot in the first NWCA poll of the regular season. Boise State also received a No. 2 overall ranking by and Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine earlier this fall.

Individually the Broncos have five wrestlers that start the season currently ranked in the top 20 for their respective weight class by InterMat, including three wrestlers voted No. 1 to start the fall. Seniors Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Adam Hall (157) and Kirk Smith (184) were all ranked No. 1 overall for their weight class by InterMat.

Joining the senior trio in the national rankings is junior Jason Chamberlain and senior Levi Jones. Chamberlain opens the season ranked No. 4 at 149 pounds, while Jones is No. 13 at 141.

Looking at the Beavers...

Oregon State will open its 2010-11 schedule on Saturday night as the Beavers look to start their Pac-10 title defense. Oregon State hosted an intersquad competition last Saturday (Nov. 6) but has yet to compete in a dual.

The Beavers travel to Boise ranked No. 22 nationally in the Nov. 9 NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. They were also ranked No. 36 in the InterMat preseason top 25. Oregon State is expected to travel four wrestlers currently ranked in the top 20 by InterMat for their respective weight class. Senior Colby Covington (174) opens the season ranked No. 10, while junior Clayton Jack (285) is No. 12, junior Jason Lara (125) is No. 13 and junior Kelly Kubec (133) is No. 14.

A budding rivalry...

Boise State and Oregon State are no strangers on the wrestling mat as the two programs have began building a strong Pac-10 rivalry in recent years. Each of the past two seasons the Broncos have scheduled the Beavers as their only home-and-home series of the season. This year is no different, as Boise State will travel to Corvallis, Ore. on Jan. 30 for a rematch of this Saturday.

A large part of the growing rivalry also has come from the two programs success on the conference level. The Broncos and Beavers have each won a pair of Pac-10 Team Championships in the last four years, including a narrow two-point victory for Oregon State over Boise State at the Pac-10 Tournament last spring.

Showcase Saturday...

This weekend's Pac-10 wrestling showdown at Taco Bell Arena won't be the only Boise State athletics event at home on Saturday as the Broncos are also hosting men's basketball and volleyball on campus in what is being billed as Showcase Saturday.

Men's basketball is set to host Western State at 5:05 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena, followed by a 7 p.m. volleyball match against New Mexico State in Bronco Gym. Wrestling will provide the night cap against Oregon State at 9 p.m. back in the Arena.

Taco Bell Arena will be cleared out following the men's basketball game, but wrestling fans will be able to start entering for the dual at 8 p.m.     

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