Beauty and the Beast Hits 10th Anniversary Friday

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State athletics is celebrating the 10th annual Beauty and the Beast competition Friday (Jan. 20) evening, showcasing the Bronco gymnastics and wrestling teams. The evening consists of simultaneous competition from the gymnasts and wrestlers, resulting in a wildly entertaining evening with lots of action.

Friday the Bronco gymnasts will take on Sacramento State, while the wrestlers face North Dakota State in a 7:00 p.m. match-up in Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet. 

The Broncos began their Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, a fitting event for Valentine's Day. Boise State wrestling came away with a 35-9 win over Portland State, while the gymnastics team picked up a 196.375-195.9 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans. 

Beauty and the Beast is now in its10th season at Boise State, missing only the 2008 season. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnastics team competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent. 

Bronco wrestling holds an 9-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds a 8-1 record all-time. 

The Bronco wrestlers' only loss came to Oregon in 2006 (17-16), while the gymnasts' only loss came to Washington in 2005 (195.0-194.2).

Tickets can be purchased at the Boise State Taco Bell Arena Box Office the day of the event. Prices are as follows: Adults, $6; Junior/Senior, $4; Students get in free with valid ID. You can also purchase a Bronco Sports Pass for $50, granting access to all regular season home games for volleyball, soccer, wrestling, women's basketball, gymnastics, outdoor track and field and softball.  

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Boise State "Broncos"
This week the Broncos rank No. 17 overall in the national team standings, while also sitting in a tie for No. 14 on vault, sitting at No. 7 on bars, No. 26 on beam and No. 35 on floor as a team. Seven Broncos sit within the nation's top-100 rankings in their respective events. Potvin-Green and Otuafi tie for No. 49 on vault, while Kelsey Black joins them on the event at a tie for No. 93. Perkins opens her collegiate career in a tie for No. 3 on bars, while Lindsay Kazandjian ties for No. 32, Kelsey Morris is tied at No. 52 and Potvin-Green and Black share the No. 70 spot. On beam, Gaspar is tied for No. 65, while also tying for No. 90 on floor.

Sacramento State "Hornets":
Sacramento State enters their third meet of the season with a No. 43 rank. The team ranks No. 44 on vault, is tied for No. 46 on bars and No. 41 on beam and is No. 48 on floor. The Hornets earned a season-high of 191.575 in their NorCal Meet against Stanford, San Jose State and UC Davis last week. The team was led by all-arounder Kalliah McCartney who earned a 38.850 as a four-event total. She also led the team on vault (9.750), beam (9.725) and floor (9.750), while Ashley Wooff led the Hornets on bars (9.750).

The Hornets have only one ranked athlete in the nation's top-100 this week. McCartney sits at a tie for No. 63 in the all-around, while also tying for the No. 90 spot balance beam.

Boise State "Broncos"
Bronco Competitors - Boise State will send a team of nine to the invitational, which include: Isaac Romero (125), Shawn Jones (133), Josh Strait (141), Steven Hernandez (149), George Ivanov (157), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Brent Chriswell (197) and J.T. Felix (285).

Among the Elite -
In the latest Intermat rankings, Jake Swartz was picked as the ninthth-best wrestler in the nation at the 184-pound division. The redshirt sophomore was an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament last year.

Junior transfer George Ivanov, who leads the team in wins (17), joins Swartz in the top 25, earning the No. 16 spot at 157 pounds.

Reaching A Milestone - Head Coach Greg Randall needs just one more win to hit the century mark as the leader of the Boise State squad. Randall holds a 99-39-1 record and is in his 10th season as head coach. Under Randall, the Broncos have notched four Pac-10 titles and six top-25 finishes at the NCAA tournament, including a ninth-place finish last year.

North Dakota State "Bison"
The Cardinal enters the match with a 4-4 duel-match record and a 1-0 record in against Pac-12 schools, defeating Arizona State 23-19. NDSU is led by 157-pounder Steven Monk, who ranked 11th in his class. The sophomore will be tested Friday when he faces, No. 16 George Ivanov. Roger Kish is in his first year as head coach of the Bison.

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