BOISE, Idaho Boise State University opens its 2006-07 home wrestling schedule tomorrow (Dec. 14) against Cal-State Bakersfield. But due to a scheduling conflict on the Boise State campus, the match between these two Pac-10 Conference foes will take place at Centennial High School in Meridian.
The match starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for juniors. Bronco fans with a season Olympic sports pass are also welcomed to attend.
This will be the first dual match of the season for both teams. The Broncos have competed in open tournaments in Wyoming and Oregon, before placing 27th at the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month. Cal-State Bakersfield placed third at the Cal-State Fullerton tournament in mid-November, and 29th at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Heavyweight Andy Patrick is off to a fast start for the Broncos this season having placed first at the Best of the West Tournament in Oregon, third at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyoming, and advancing to the round of 16 at the Las Vegas Invitational. Patrick is ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today/InterMat/NWCA rankings.
Tyler Sherfey is currently Boise State’s only other nationally ranked wrestler. Sherfey, who also advanced to the round of 16 at the Las Vegas Invitational, is ranked 20th at 157-pounds.
A Bronco wrestler to keep an eye on this season is Luke Smith. Competing in the 165-pound weight class, Smith won his weight class at the Best of the West Tournament and placed third at the Cowboy Open.
In this week’s Pac-10 rankings, eight of Boise State’s wrestlers are listed among the top six. They include Cory Fish at 125 pounds (6th), Levi Jones at 133 pounds (4th), Sherfey at 157 pounds (3rd), Smith at 165 pounds (3rd), Nate Lee at 174 pounds (4th), Mike Casperson at 184 pounds (6th), Matt Casperson at 197 pounds (6th) and Patrick at heavyweight (3rd).
The Broncos will compete next Wednesday (Dec. 20) at the Reno Tournament of Champions.