BOISE, Idaho - The No. 8 ranked Boise State wrestling team (NWCA/USA Today) will travel to Corvallis, Ore. this Sunday (Nov. 22), to face its' first big test of the 2009-10 season with a pair of duals against No. 13 University of Wisconsin and Pac-10 Conference rival Oregon State. The Broncos will wrestle Wisconsin at 3 p.m. (PT) and Oregon State at 5 p.m. (PT) on the OSU campus.
Looking at the Broncos...
Boise State enters the weekend with a 1-0 dual record, after opening up the season with a 40-3 win against Great Falls - Montana back on Nov. 6. The Broncos have earned a great deal of recognition already this fall, with several wrestlers earning individual national rankings for their respective weight classes. Boise State is also ranked No. 9 as a team by intermatwrestle.com.
In the first regular season intermatwrestle.com poll, which came out this week, Boise State also had eight different wrestlers ranked in the top-20 for their weight class. Andrew Hochstrasser led the way as one of five Bronco wrestlers who are ranked in the top-10. Hochstrasser is ranked No. 3 at 133 pounds. He is followed by No. 6 ranked Adam Hall (157 pounds), No. 7 Kirk Smith (184), No. 8 Nate Lee (174) and No. 10 Jason Chamberlain (149). All five wrestlers are currently 1-0.
Rounding out the group with top-20 rankings for Boise State is Brian Owen, Kurt Swartz and Levi Jones. Owen (125) is ranked 16th, while Swartz (165) is No. 18 and Jones (141) is No. 20. Jones also has a 1-0 record this season, while Swartz and Owen have yet to wrestle this fall.
Wisconsin enters its' third dual of the season with a 1-1 record and a No. 13 ranking in the NWCA/USA Today Team Poll. The Badgers opened the season with a 21-19 win over No. 22 Old Dominion. Wisconsin would drop its' second match of the season, 26-17, against No. 7 Nebraska.
The Badgers are looking to build upon a stellar 2008-09 campaign in which they finished No. 9 at the NCAA Championships. Wisconsin currently has three wrestlers ranked in the top-10 by intermatwrestle.com. The Badgers are led by Kyle Ruschell (No. 2) at 149 pounds, Andrew Howe (No. 3) at 165 pounds and Tyler Graff (No. 10) at 133 pounds. Howe was the national runner-up at 165 pounds as a freshman last season.
Oregon State comes into the doubles header this weekend having not wrestled in any duals thus far. The Beavers are coming off of a strong weekend at the Southern Oregon Open, where they captured nine individual titles.
Oregon State currently has four wrestlers ranked individually in the InterMat top-20. The Beavers are led by Mike Mangrum, who is currently ranked 13th at 141 pounds. Joining Mangrum in the top-20 is Kelly Kubec (133) and Clayton Jack (285), who are both ranked 17th, and Keegan Davis who is No. 18 at 157 pounds. Oregon State leads its' all-time series with Boise State at 25-11, but the Broncos have won the last three meetings between the two schools.
Follow the Broncos on Sunday...
Live stats and video will be available for all three of the duals on Sunday. For updates throughout the afternoon visit osubeavers.com.