Las Vegas - Jake Swartz led the Boise State wrestling team through the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Friday, advancing to the quarterfinals after three-consecutive wins.
Swartz entered the event as the No. 4 seed at 184 pounds and defeated Cal State Bakersfield's Ruben Franklin in the opening round with a 17-5 major decision. After a 14-4 win over MacKain Stoll from North Dakota State, the redshirt sophomore advanced to the quarterfinals to face No. 5 seed and 13th-ranked Luke Rebertus. Swartz emerged victorious with a 4-2 win, advancing to semifinals where he will face the No. 1 seed, Steve Bosak of Cornell, Saturday.
Swartz will be joined by two teammates who extended their tournament lives into the second day. Sophomore J.T. Felix (285) advanced to the quarterfinals with a fall against Curtis Garner in the first round and a 10-8 sudden victory win over Maciej Jochym. In the quarterfinals, Felix suffered a loss against Oregon State's No. 8 Clayton Jack, but will look to advance through the consolation bracket when action resumes Saturday.
Josh Strait went 3-1 in his four matches, Friday, suffering a 3-1 loss in the second round to No. 1 ranked Kellen Russell. Strait got back on track in the consolation bracket with decisions over Tyler Untrauer (10-3) and Mitchell Port (5-1).
Additional Broncos who competed Friday include George Ivanov (157) and Shawn Jones (133) who each picked up two wins before their second loss.
Isaac Romero (125), Steven Hernandez (149) and Scott Bacon (174) each notched wins for Boise State and exited the tournament with a 1-2 record.
The tournament will resume tomorrow with bouts to begin at 9 a.m. PT and championships slated for a 3 p.m. start. Complete brackets and a live chat can be found at www.intermatwrestle.com.