Boise State Improves to 4-0 with 36-9 Win over Lights

             BOISE, Idaho - The No. 8 Boise State wrestling team managed to keep its' record perfect (4-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-10 Conference), Friday night (Dec. 11), with a dominating 36-9 win over Montana State-Northern in Taco Bell Arena in the Broncos' second of three home duals this season.

            Boise State won eight matches on the night, including three by fall and three by major decision. The Broncos won the first seven matches of the dual as well, running out to a 32-0 lead before the Lights finally found the score board.

            Alan Bartelli earned Boise State's first win by fall in the 125-pound match, where he pinned Ryan Shelstad at the 4:17 mark to earn the Broncos a 6-0 lead. His win was followed by Boise State's Ben DeMuelle, who earned a 9-4 decision over Chase Dirden at 133 pounds.

            Junior Eli Hutchison recorded the Broncos' second pin of the evening with a fall (6:49) against Steven Quesada in the final seconds of the 141-pound match. Next at 149 pounds, Jason Chamberlain extended the Boise State lead with a pin of Brandon Leliefeld, 2:40 into the first period.

            Adam Hall scored the Broncos' first major decision of the dual in the 157-pound match, as he beat Tay Todd 17-6 to give Boise State a 25-0 lead after five matches. Hall was followed by Brad Muri, who also earned a major decision, 15-3, over Jim Smith at 165 pounds.

            Freshman Michael Cuthbertson got all he could handle from MSU-Northern's Austin Ouellette at 174 pounds, as it took a one-point technical violation by Ouellette in the third period to give Cuthbertson a  3-2 decision, extending Boise State's lead to 32-0 in the dual.

            After dropping the 184-pound match, the Broncos would rebound for one final win at 197 pounds. Matt Casperson used an eight-point third period to earn Boise State's final major decision of the night, 13-2, over Evan Mattingly.

            Boise State is away from home now for two months, as the Broncos have just one last home dual on the schedule. Boise State will host Oregon State on Feb. 12 in the "Beauty and the Beast" competition, which will be held in Taco Bell Arena at 7 p.m. The Broncos do hit the road again this week, as they will send 13 wrestlers to Reno, Nev. to compete in the annual Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20.

Boise State 36, Montana State - Northern 9

125 - Alan Bartelli (BSU) fall Ryan Shelstad (MSUN) 4:17

133 - Ben DeMuelle (BSU) dec. Chase Dirden (MSUN) 9-4

141 - Eli Hutchison (BSU) fall Steven Quesada (MSUN) 6:49

149 - Jason Chamberlain (BSU) fall Brandon Leliefeld (MSUN) 2:40

157 - Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. Tay Todd (MSUN) 17-6

165 - Brad Muri (BSU) major dec. Jim Smith (MSUN) 15-3

174 - Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) dec. Austin Ouellette (MSUN) 3-2

184 - Evan Hinebaugh (MSUN) fall Levi Holt (BSU) 6:17

197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) major dec. Evan Mattingly (MSUN) 13-2

HWT - Jim Eavenson (MSUN) dec. Derek Toney (BSU) 4-2

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