Broncos Win Four Titles, Place Second, at RTOC

RENO, Nev. - The No. 5 (InterMat) ranked Boise State wrestling team concluded its 2010 schedule in strong fashion, Sunday (Dec. 20), winning four individual titles en route to a second-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.

The Broncos finished the day with 104.5 team points behind the four championships and one runner-up finish. Wyoming edged out Boise State for the team title with 106.0 points. The Cowboys only won two individual titles, but a second, third and fifth place finish put them over the top in the team standings.

Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Levi Jones (141), Jason Chamberlain (149) and Adam Hall (157) all captured individual titles for Boise State. Jake Swartz fell just short of making it five with a narrow runner-up finish at 174 pounds.

Hochstrasser, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, enjoyed a dominating outing at the RTOC where he would win two matches by fall and one by major decision. No. 2 nationally ranked Hochstrasser would beat No. 14 Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia) by 8-2 decision in the final match to secure the title. He improves to 11-0 on the season.

Jones, the tournament's No. 2 seed at 141 pounds, won his first individual tournament title of the season after wrestling to four hard fought wins on Sunday. No. 15 Jones would earn all his wins by decision, including an upset of No. 9 Germane Lindsey (Ohio) in the finals. Jones took down Lindsey by 4-2 decision to secure the second individual championship of the day for Boise State.

Chamberlain would win the next bracket for the Broncos; finishing with a 5-0 record in the 149-pound tournament. He won two matches by major decision and one by fall en route to the title. No. 2 ranked Chamberlain showed his strength in the final match, beating No. 20 Cole Dallasera (Wyoming) by 8-2 decision to improve to 12-0 on the season.

Hall followed suit next at 157 pounds as he also wrestled to a 5-0 record on the day. No. 2 ranked Hall would have to grind out several of his matches, winning one by fall and four by decision. He did manage to hold off a strong push by No. 7 Bryce Saddoris (Navy) in the championship match, winning the finals by 6-4 decision to remain perfect (12-0) on the season.

Boise State had one more opportunity to secure an individual title on Sunday as No. 3 seed Jake Swartz found his way to the final round of the 174-pound tournament. After winning his first three matches by decision, No. 12 ranked Swartz was set to meet No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) in the finals. Swartz wrestled hard but fell just short of completing the big upset, losing by 2-0 decision to Amuchastegui to finish runner-up.

The Broncos are off the mat now through the holidays and will not return to action until January. Boise State will head to the National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jan. 8-9, to compete in one of the nation's toughest team tournaments.

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