BOISE, Idaho - The No. 24 Boise State wrestling will be back in action this weekend when it travels for dual matches against North Dakota State, Friday, and top-ranked Minnesota, Sunday. The match in Fargo, N.D. will start at 6 p.m. MT while the match in Minneapolis is slated for a 10 a.m. MT start.
Live video will be available for both matches. Click HERE to watch the Broncos take on North Dakota State and HERE for the dual against Minnesota.
In the Rankings: The Broncos feature four wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings. Those four are No. 15 Brian Owen (133), No. 3 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 12 Jake Swartz (184) and 14th-ranked Brent Chriswell (197).
About the Bison: North Dakota State is currently unranked but has three experienced wrestler in the AWN top 20. Senior Trent Sprenkle is ranked seventh at 125 pounds, junior Steven Monk is slotted eighth at 165 pounds and senior Mac Stoll is 20th at 184 pounds. All three are 4-0 this season. The Broncos defeated the Bison last season, 21-16.
About the Golden Gophers: Minnesota is the ranked No. 1 in the Coaches' Poll and has top-20 wrestlers at nine of the 10 weights, including two individuals ranked first in their weight class. Jason Chamberlain will get a good test when he faces No. 1 Dylan Ness at 149 pounds and J.T. Felix will have his work cut out for him when he goes against No. 1 Tony Nelson. Other ranked Gophers are No. 5 David Thorn (125), No. 5 Chris Dardanes (133), No. 8 Nick Dardanes (141), No. 10 Cody Yohn (165), No. 4 Logan Storley (174), No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus (184) and No. 11 Scott Schiller (197).
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.
Cowboy Up: Jake Swartz is currently 5-0 this season after winning four matches at the Cowboy Open to take the 184-pound title.
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.