Broncos Fall to Oregon State, Find Success at Spokane Open
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Boise State wrestling team fell 32-10 at the hands of No. 21 Oregon State in the team's first duel meet, Sunday.
The Broncos fell into a hole early, dropping their first six matches and trailing 29-0. In those six matches, the Orange and Blue had to face three Beaver wrestlers with top-25 rankings according to Intermat. From that point, Boise State was able to put things together, winning three of the final four matches.
George Ivanov continued his strong start as a Bronco since transferring from University of Nebraska-Omaha, capturing an 8-6 overtime victory over Roger Pena at 157 pounds. Ivanov is undefeated through two events this season, as he won the Cowboy Open in his Boise State debut.
Michael Cuthbertson followed Ivanov, notching a 4-2 win at 165 pounds against Cody Weishoff. Cuthbertson received points for a takedown in the first period, as well as an escape in the third period to go up 4-1, and from there held on for the two-point decision.
Jake Swartz, who is currently ranked 12th in the nation at 184 pounds, was the third and final Bronco to earn an individual victory, defeating John Tuck by a 14-3 major decision.
197: Taylor Meeks won by pin over Derek Toney (1:39)
285: Clayton Jack won by decision over J.T. Felix (8-2)
125: Pat Rollins won by pin over Isaac Romero (5:47)
133: James Roberts won by pin over Shawn Jones (3:43)
141: Robert Mangrum won by major decision over Josh Strait (14-6)
149: Scott Sakaguchi won by major decision over Nick Wooden (13-5)
157: George Ivanov won in overtime over Roger Pena (8-6)
165: Michael Cuthbertson won by decision over Cody Weishoff (4-2)
174: Ty Vinson won by decision over Scott Bacon (4-3)
184: Jake Swartz won by major decision over John Tuck (14-3)
Hernandez Leads Herd at Spokane Open
While some of the Boise State Squad was going head-to-head with Oregon State, six others were taking part in the Spokane Open held at the HUB Regional Sports Center in Liberty Lake, Wash.
Steven Hernandez led the group with a championship run in the 149-pound bracket. Hernandez went won each of his first three matches by pinning his opponent before winning by major decision (18-6) in the semifinals. The redshirt freshman faced Mike Vassar from the University of Great Falls in the finals match, pulling out a 2-1 victory to take the top spot.
Fellow redshirt freshman Jake Briggs also wrestled at 149 pounds, taking fourth. Briggs went 3-2, falling to Myles Mazurkiewicz in the consolation final.
Sophomore Cody Dixon also placed fourth, competing in 197-pound weight class.
Complete results for the Spokane Open can be found at trackwrestling.com, click here for the direct link.
Boise State will train through next weekend, and will be back in action Dec. 2-3 when it heads to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
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