Bronco Wrestling Wraps up December Schedule

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State wrestling team will send 13 student-athletes to Reno, Nev. this Sunday (Dec. 20) to wrestle in the Broncos' final competition of the year at the 15th annual Reno Tournament of Champions.

            The RTOC will boast a 26 team field in the college division, which includes five teams currently ranked in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll top-25. The one-day tournament will start at 9 a.m. The final matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

Last time they wrestled...

            Boise State enters the weekend with a 4-0 dual record (1-0 Pac-10 Conference) and is coming off another dominating performance in Taco Bell Arena. Last Friday (Dec. 11), the Broncos took down Montana State-Northern 36-9, winning the first seven matches to open the dual. Boise State won three matches by fall and another three by major decision.

Looking at the national rankings...

            The Broncos have solidified a spot near the top of the national team rankings so far this season, as they continue to ranked in the top-10 in three different major polls. Boise State is currently ranked No. 8 in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine Dual Team Ranking. The Broncos are also ranked No. 9 by

            Boise State's highest team ranking this week comes in the W.I.N. Tournament Power Index ranking, which ranks the top-25 according to projected individual finishes at the NCAA National Championships. The Broncos are ranked No. 4 with 54.5 points in the TPI with seven different wrestlers ranked individually in the top 15.

            The Broncos have three wrestlers ranked No. 3 for their respective weight class by W.I.N., with juniors Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Adam Hall (157) and Kirk Smith (184). Also ranked for Boise State is Jason Chamberlain (149) and Nate Lee (174), both at No. 8, Levi Jones (141) at No. 13 and Alan Bartelli (125) at No. 15.

             Boise State also has received a great deal of recognition in the InterMat individual rankings, as eight different Broncos were voted in the top-20 this week. Hochstrasser leads the way at No. 3, while Smith is No. 4 and Hall is No. 5. Joining them in the top-10 is Chamberlain (No. 7) and Jones (No. 9).

            The Broncos also have three wrestlers who are all ranked at No. 15 in their respective weight classes by InterMat with Bartelli, Lee and Kurt Swartz (165).

Looking ahead for the Broncos...

            To follow the Broncos through Sunday's action, and for more information on the RTOC, visit Boise State will be on the road until Feb. 12 (Friday) when the Broncos host Pac-10 Conference rival Oregon State in the "Beauty and the Beast" competition at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

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