Broncos Head to Tempe Before Hosting No. 2 Oklahoma State
Tempe, Ariz. - The Boise State wrestling team will take part in a busy weekend that takes the Broncos to the Sun Devil Duals in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday Dec. 29 before returning home to host their first dual match of the season against No. 2 Oklahoma State, Friday Dec. 30. Boise State will face No. 21 Nebraska at 11 a.m., and Arizona State at 1 p.m., Thursday while action will begin in front of the home crowd at Taco Bell Arena at 7 p.m.
Live Video: Live video will be available for the Boise State-Arizona State match at http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/pages/sundevils_stream.
Live video will also be available for the Oklahoma State match for premium members at broncosports.com.
Starting Lineups - The weekend lineup for the Broncos will consist of Isaac Romero (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Michael Cuthbertson (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Cody Dixon (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
Among the Elite - Among the Elite - In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the 12th-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. 16 spot at 141 pounds.
Junior-transfer George Ivanov made his way back into the rankings last week and now sits 15th at 157 pounds.
What Happened Last Time - The Broncos last competed in the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 18. George Ivanov led the squad with a first-place finish at 154 pounds, taking down three wrestlers with top-20 rankings. Redshirt junior Josh Strait finished fourth in the 141-pound bracket to help Boise State to a 10th-place team finish.
Scouting the Competition - Nebraska Cornhuskers - Nebraska enters the weekend ranked No. 21 in the nation with six wrestlers holding top-20 positions. Freshman Robert Kokesh leads the team with a No. 5 ranking at 165 pounds.
Arizona State Sun Devils - The Sun Devils have one wrestler ranked in the top 20 of the latest Intermat polls - Levi Cooper at the heavyweight division. Arizona State is 4-2 in dual matches so far this season.
Oklahoma State Cowboys - Oklahoma State has ranked competitors in nine of the 10 weight categories, boasting them to a second-place team ranking behind Iowa. Jordan Oliver (133) is currently ranked first in his class.
The "Biggest Little" Upset - George 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.
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