GREENSBORO, North Carolina Adam Hall, Tyler Sherfey and Kurt Swartz all reached the quarterfinals to lead Boise State University to fifth place in the team standings after the first day of competition of the Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament.

                The Broncos scored 47 points on Saturday (Dec. 29) to hold a one point lead over sixth place Cornell University.  Defending NCAA national champion University of Minnesota leads the team standings with 86.5 points followed by Old Dominion University with 53.5 points, Bloomsburg with 49 and Hofstra University with 48.5.

                A freshman from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Hall moved into the quarterfinals of the 149-pound weight class by pinning Kevin Christensen of Ohio University at the 2:03 mark of his match and posting a major decision over Steve Fehnel of the University of Maryland 11-5.  Hall, seeded No. 5 in his weight class, next faces Mitch Smith of Hofstra University.

                Sherfey, a junior Kennewick, Wash., recorded 10-0 major decisions over Daniel Alejandro of Cal State Bakersfield and Kyle Artusio of the University of Virginia to reach the quarterfinals of the 157-pound weight class.  Sherfey is seeded fourth and next faces fifth seed Matt Moley of Bloomsburg.

                Seeded sixth in the 165-pound weight class, Swartz had to win three matches on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals.  He won his first two matches by pin winning at the 4:12 mark of his bout with Rickey Schmelyun of Bloomsburg and at the 2:24 mark of his match against Greg Scott of George Mason University.  He moved into his quarterfinal match against No. 3 seed Kurt Gross of Kent State on Sunday with a 6-4 decision over Aaron Glover of Duke University.

                Six other Bronco wrestlers are still alive in the consolation brackets of their respective weight classes.  They include Cory Fish at 133 pounds, Johnny Nunez at 165 pounds, Nate Lee at 174 pounds, Matt Casperson at 184 pounds, Ryan Allen at 197 pounds and Nick Smith in the heavyweight class.

                Competition concludes on Sunday (Dec. 30) on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Boise State Results at the 2007 Southern Scuffle


125 Alan Bartelli

Won by fall over Ben Altman (Davidson) 5:42

Lost by dec. to James Nicholson (Old Dominion) 6-1

Won by fall over Tommy Bennett (Gardner-Webb) 2:18

Won by dec. over Tyler Sim (The Citadel) 3-2

Lost by dec. to Ross Gitomer (Virginia) 5-2


133 Cory Fish

Won by dec. over Steve Bell (Maryland) 2-1

Lost by dec. to Ricky Deubel (Edinboro) 16-0 TF

Won by dec. over Eric Albright (Virginia) 6-0


141 Eli Hutchison

Lost by dec. to Kellon Balum (Virginia) 5-3

Lost by dec. to Ryan McGarity (Binghamton) 9-2


141 Cam Jones

Won by fall over Justin Accordino (Hofstra-una) 4:23

Won by fall over Eric McGill (Cornell) 4:10

Lost by major dec. to Ryan Williams (Old Dominion) 12-3

Lost by dec. to Joey Whitaker (Boston University) 3-2


149 Adam Hall

Won by fall over Kevin Christensen (Ohio) 2:03

Won by dec. over Steve Fehnel (Maryland) 11-5


157 Tyler Sherfey

Won by major dec. over Daniel Alejandro (Cal-State Bakersfield) 10-0

Won by major dec. over Kyle Artusio (Virginia) 10-0


165 Johnny Nunez

Lost by major dec. to Jarrod King (Edinboro) 10-2

Won by major dec. over Greg Scott (George Mason) 15-4

Won by fall over Danny Artusio (Virginia) 0:10


165 Kurt Swartz

Won by fall over Rickey Schmelyun (Bloomsburg) 4:12

Won by fall over Greg Scott (George Mason) 2:24

Won by dec. over Aaron Glover (Duke) 6-4


174 Nate Lee

Won by dec. over Neal Martin (Applachian State) 10-4

Lost by dec. to Eric Decker (Virginia Tech) 3-2


184 Matt Casperson

Won by dec. over Nate Holley (Cornell) 4-3

Lost by dec. to Kenneth Caldwell (Navy) 9-7 OT


197 Ryan Allen

Won by major dec. over Richard Vitale (Hofstra) 17-2

Lost by major dec. to Daren Burns (UNC Greensboro) 12-2


Heavyweight Nick Smith

Lost by dec. to Ryan Hsu (UNC_Greensboro) 3-2

Won by dec. over Calvin Cardillo (Virginia) 9-3


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