Swartz leads Broncos, Takes Fourth in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Three Boise State wrestlers advanced to the second day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Saturday, led by Jake Swartz who finished fourth in the 184-pound division.

Though Swartz lost his first bout of the day against No. 3 Steve Bosak, he rebounded with a 3-1 tiebreaker win over Ohio State's Cody Magrum in the consolation semifinals. In the third place bout, the redshirt sophomore was forced to forfeit against No. 10 Josh Ihnen.

Sophomore J.T. Felix (285) faced No. 15 ranked Ernest James of Edinboro in his first matchup of the day in the consolation bracket. Felix, who was ranked 20th in the latest Intermat poll, completed the upset with a close 3-2 decision. The Riverside, Calif., native moved on to face the No. 3 seed and 11th-ranked Tucker Lane, but lost 6-0 against. The defeat put Felix in the seventh-place matchup against Michigan's Benjamin Apland, where he fell 10-2.

Josh Strait (141) fell in his first and only match of the day against No. 7 seed Evan Henderson from North Carolina.

Boise State will be back in action when it heads to the Reno Tournament of Champions, Sunday Dec. 18.


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