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Broncos Return to Nevada for Tournament of Champions

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RENO, Nev. - The Boise State wrestling team will be back in action when it travels to the Reno Tournament of Champions this weekend at the Reno Events Center. The one-day event will start begin Sunday (Dec. 18) at 9 a.m. with matches being held on 12 mats throughout the day. Finals matches are slated for 6 p.m., Sunday. For more information on the event, check www.rtoc.net.

Bronco Competitors - Boise State will send a team of nine to the invitational, which include: Isaac Romero (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Derek Toney (197) and J.T. Felix (285).

Scouting the Competition - The Invitational will play host to wrestlers from 29 schools, including all seven Pac-12 members. The event will also include five teams ranked in Intermat's top 25. Those teams are No.2 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 13 Wyoming, No. 15 Cal Poly and No. 21 Stanford.

Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the 13th-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.

Fellow sophomore J.T. Felix holds the No. 19 position at the 285-pound weight class. Felix finished second at the Pac-10 Championships last year and was an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament where he went 1-2.

Redshirt junior Josh Strait has also found his way into the latest rankings, clinching the No. 17 spot at 141 pounds.

What Happened Last Time - Boise State was led by Jake Swartz in its last outing at the Las Vegas Invitational, where the Broncos finished in a tie for 17th with 33.5 points. Swartz took fourth in his bracket, winning three matches in the first day before going 1-2 on the second day. J.T. Felix finished eighth in the heavyweight division, with three wins and three losses.

2011-12 Squad - This season's team is loaded with new talent as 12 true freshman make up Boise State's 29 roster spots. The Broncos also welcome sophomore Cody Dixon and junior transfer George Ivanov make 14 newcomers to the program. The Orange and Blue also return four redshirt freshman this year, which gives a total of 18 student-athletes the opportunity to wrestle in their first official match as a member of the Bronco squad this season.

Randall at the Helm - Head coach Greg Randall is entering his 10th season at Boise State with a 98-33-1 record. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.