Broncos Leave Mark at Cowboy Open
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Boise State wrestling team had six student-athletes notch top-three finishes in their first competition of the year at the Cowboy Open, Saturday. The event was comprised of over 400 athletes wrestling for various collegiate teams, or wrestling individually as unattached competitors.

The Broncos were led by first-place performances from George Ivanov and J.T. Felix. Ivanov, who is wrestling in his first year with the Broncos after transfering from Nebraska-Omaha, topped the 157 bracket with four consecutive wins, including a 2-1 decision over T.J. Hepburn of Nebraska-Kearney in the finals.

Felix, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., made a finals run by winning his first three matches in the heavyweight class 6-3, 3-0 and 16-7. The returning NCAA Qualifier finished the event strong, taking the championship match with a 10-7 decision.

Sophomore Jake Swartz (184) and junior Josh Strait (141) picked up second-place finishes for Boise State. Swartz won three matches in a row before dropping a 3-2 decision to Wyoming's Joe Leblanc. Strait's only loss came by a small margin as well, falling to Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly in the championship match.

Sophomore Shawn Jones and freshman Nick Wooden picked up third-place marks in the 133 and 149 categories, respectively. Jones recorded back-to-back pins in the consolation semifinal and final while Wooden won consolation matches 8-1 and 8-5.

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Boise State will be back in action next weekend when it faces Oregon State, Sunday in Corvallis, Ore. Matches are slated to start at 2 p.m.

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