Broncos Travel to RTOC

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 5 Boise State wrestling team will head to Reno, Nev. this weekend to participate in its final competition of 2010 with a group of Broncos set to wrestle in the Reno Tournament of Champions, Sunday (Dec. 19).

The RTOC field is expected to be made up of Adams State, Appalachian State, Arizona State, Boise State, Buffalo, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Clackamas, Embry-Riddle, Great Falls, Hastings, Liberty, Montana State, MSU Mankato, Navy, North Carolina, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, South Dakota State, Southern Oregon, Stanford, SW Oregon, Tennessee-Chattanooga, West Virginia and Wyoming.

For more information on the RTOC, including results, visit http://www.rtoc.net/index.asp.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a two week break since its last outing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 3-4. The Broncos enjoyed a strong showing at the CKLV with a third place finish in the team standings. Boise State was powered by individual titles from Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Jason Chamberlain (149) and Adam Hall (157).

Along with securing the 157-pound championship, Hall also managed to avenge a 12-4 major decision loss to Bubba Jenkins (Arizona State) at the All-Star Classic back in November. At the CKLV Hall beat Jenkins, who was ranked No. 2 nationally at the time, by 2-1 decision in overtime of the final match. Because the All-Star Classic was an exhibition it did not count toward Hall's record, keeping him a perfect 7-0 on the season.

National rankings...

Boise State dropped three spots to No. 5 in the most recent InterMat Tournament Power Rankings after spending most of the fall at No. 2. The reason for the fall came as a result of senior Kirk Smith not being ranked for the first time all season, however. Smith had been No. 1 at 184 pounds since the preseason poll, but was left out this week having not competed yet this season.

The Broncos also held steady in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll coming in at No. 6 for the second straight week. After starting the year at No. 2, Boise State has remained at least as high as a tie for sixth all season.

Despite Smith being left out of the individual rankings by InterMat this week, Boise State does still have six wrestlers currently ranked in the top 20 for their respective weight class. Hochstrasser, Chamberlain and Hall all were voted No. 2 for their respective weight classes as each wrestler is 7-0 so far this season.

Rounding out the group of Broncos ranked this week by InterMat is Alan Bartelli (125), Levi Jones (141) and Jake Swartz (174). Swartz entered the top 20 for the first time last week at No. 13 and moved up one spot this week to No. 12. Jones remained put at No. 15, while Bartelli moved to No. 18.

Closing in on 100...

The next time Hall takes the mat he will be eying a historic mark at Boise State, as he is just one win shy of earning his 100th victory as a Bronco. Hall is 99-19 all-time at Boise State. He isn't the only Bronco narrowing in on the century mark however. Smith is also within striking distance with a career record of 94-10.


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