The Boise State wrestling team will open its’ home schedule Wednesday, Nov. 19, with a non-conference dual against Utah Valley University at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gymnasium. The Broncos enter the dual with a 3-0 record, while UVU sits at 0-1. Wednesday will be the only home dual for Boise State before hosting Oregon State, Dec. 12.
Boise State moved up one spot in the USA Today/InterMat/NWCA team rankings this week, securing a No. 13 ranking. The Broncos are coming off of a strong showing at the University of Wyoming’s Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyo. where Boise State took home six individual titles. Despite the early season success, however, Head Coach Greg Randall is far from satisfied.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Randall said. “We expected a little bit more, but it is the first tournament of the year so I think we came out alright.”
With UVU coming to town Wednesday night the Broncos will continue to sort through their starting line-up. Coach Randall expects either Kurt Swartz or Tyler Sherfey to wrestle at 174-pounds against UVU, in replacement of injured junior Nate Lee. Whoever does not wrestle at 174-pounds will compete in the 165-pound match.
Completing Boise State’s projected starting line-up for Wednesday is Alan Bartelli (125), Andrew Hochstrasser (133), Cory Fish (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), Adam Hall (157), Kirk Smith (184), Ryan Allen (197) and Sam Zylstra (HWT).
Looking at Utah Valley:
Despite traveling to Boise this week having wrestling in just one dual so far this season, the Wolverines certainly gained a great deal of experience in that one loss. UVU opened its season at No. 2 Iowa State, in a dual that the Cyclones won 39-0.
UVU is led by sophomore Ben Kjar, who is currently ranked No. 20 nationally at 125-pounds. Kjar will provide the biggest challenge of the night for Boise State, as he battled No. 11 Tyler Clark (Iowa State) to a 4-2 loss earlier this season. Kjar is coming off of a third-place finish at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, Iowa.
Coach Randall said Tuesday he feels this week’s dual against UVU, of the Western Wrestling Conference, is important for the Broncos for multiple reasons.
“They are from Utah and we recruit out of Utah quite a bit,” Randall said. “It’s important to show the dominance that we have over a young Utah team.”
“I think it’s important for our fans, that they get a little interest in the wrestling early,” Randall said. “Normally we do have our home dual meets at the end of the year. It’s nice to see what kind of crowd we can bring in.”