Ivanov Leads Broncos With First-Place Finish in Reno

RENO, Nev. - George Ivanov took home a championship trophy while leading the Boise State wrestling team to a 10th-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions at the Reno Events Center, Sunday.

Ivanov, a junior-transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, recently fell out of the Intermat rankings, but redeemed himself Sunday by taking down three wrestlers with top-20 rankings at the 157-pound weight class. After winning in the first two rounds, Ivanov knocked off No. 12 Albert White in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal matchup, he faced Oregon State's R.J. Pena who entered the match ranked 16th in the nation. Ivanov pinned the Pac-12 foe in 4:42.

The magical run concluded with a matchup against the No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked Justin Lister of Binghamton. Ivanov pulled off the upset in a 5-3 decision, completing the five-bout win streak to stand atop the podium.

Redshirt junior Josh Strait finished fourth at 141 pounds, ending the tournament with a 4-2 record. The Inkom, Idaho native won his first three matches, capped by a 10-4 decision over No.17 Nathan Pennesi from West Virginia. Strait fell to the top-seeded Boris Novachkov in the championship semifinals but rebounded with a 5-1 win to advance to the third place matchup. In his final match of the day, Strait fell to Oklahoma State's Josh Kindig, 13-7.

Sophomore J.T. Felix (285) and redshirt freshman Nick Wooden (149) each finished with three wins and two losses at the event. Both lost in the opening round but followed it up with three consecutive wins, including one by fall.

Redshirt sophomore Shawn Jones (133) and redshirt junior Michael Cuthebertson (165) finished 2-2. Jones got off to a hot start, winning his first two matches Brandon Roch of Cal Poly and Chris Johnson of Appalachian State before dropping two matches in the consolation bracket. Cuthbertson was sent to the wrestleback division by No. 5 seed David Cheza, where he would win his first match before losing his second.

Cody Dixon (197) and Steven Hernandez (149) each won one match for the Broncos.

Boise State will head into the heart of its duel season now, traveling to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in the Sun Devil Duels Dec. 29 before returning home to host Oklahoma State at Taco Bell Arena, Dec. 30.



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