Bronco Wrestlers Head to Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team will send 10 student-athletes to compete at the 28th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Friday-Saturday (Dec. 4-5), where the Broncos will face off with some of the nation's elite college wrestlers at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.

            The Cliff Keen Invite will feature 45 teams from around the country, including 12 that are currently ranked in the top-25 of the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. The tournament will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Friday. Championship matches are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 3 p.m. Visit for complete tournament information.

Looking at the Broncos...

            Boise State (3-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) continued to move up in multiple national polls this week, starting with the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll. The Broncos were voted in this week at No. 7 with 204 points, which moves them up one spot from last week. Iowa continues to hold the No. 1 spot with 275 points.

            The Broncos also moved up to No. 6 in the Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine Division I Tournament Power Index (TPI). Boise State, who earned 50.5 points this week, entered the season ranked No. 9 in the poll. The W.I.N. TPI awards points to each wrestler ranked individually in the top-20. Iowa also leads the TPI with 103.5 points.

            Boise State has five wrestlers ranked in the W.I.N. individual rankings, all of which are ranked in the top eight for their respective weight class. Junior Andrew Hochstrasser leads the way once again with a No. 3 ranking at 133 pounds. He is followed by Adam Hall, who moved up to No. 4 at 157 pounds.

            Kirk Smith earned the Broncos' third highest ranking this week being voted No. 5 at 184 pounds. Senior Nate Lee has moved up to No. 6 at 174 pounds, while sophomore Jason Chamberlain rounds out the group with a No. 8 ranking at 149 pounds.

Next on the schedule...

            Following this weekend at the Cliff Keen Invitational, Boise State will return home to host its' second of three home duals this season. The Broncos host Montana State-Northern next Friday (Nov. 11) at 8 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. Following next Friday's dual, Boise State will not wrestle at home again until Feb. 12 (Friday) when the Broncos host Pac-10 Conference rival Oregon State in the Beauty and the Beast event.  

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