#2 Boise State Escapes With Tie Vs. #22 OSU

Boise State's four nationally-ranked wrestlers emerged victorious over a determined Oregon State squad. The heavier Broncos struggled mightily, however, and OSU was able to escape with an 18-18 tie against the #2 team in the land.

The #2-ranked Boise State wrestling team came into their home opener with Oregon State with all the preseason love, but the #22 Beavers nearly came away with a win last night at Taco Bell Arena.  Only a major decision by Andrew Hochstrasser at 133 pounds saved the Broncos from defeat on their home floor and the best Boise State could do was come away with a tie. 

Obviously, the team has a lot of improving to do to live up to its high national ranking.

The problem with the close score last night wasn't Boise State 's nationally-ranked wrestlers.  Besides #1 Hochstrasser's heroic 11-0 performance against #13 Kelly Kubec of Oregon State, #1 Adam Hall routed Alex Elder 22-7 at 157 pounds #4 Jason Chamberlain outlasted Scott Sakaguchi 4-3 at 149 pounds and #12 Levi Jones scored a narrow 9-8 decision over Garrett Drucker.  Michael Cuthbertson also edged Jon Brascetta 4-3 at 165 pounds.

Those five gave Boise State a 14-0 lead and the Broncos were on their way.  But then five Broncos lost in succession.  Jake Swartz was bested by #10 Colby Covington of Oregon State in a 13-4 major decision at 174 pounds and Randy Larson was routed by Brice Arand 12-5.  When Boise State 's Derek Toney failed to stay close and lost to Chad Hanke 13-3 at 197 pounds, the Beavers smelled upset.  #12 heavyweight Clayton Jack took care of business with a 13-4 major over Boise State 's Toby Erickson and Oregon State grabbed the team lead.  Although Alan Bartelli put up a major fight before losing to #13 Jason Lara 3-2 in double overtime, it meant Hochstrasser would have to come up with the major decision just to get a tie for the Bronco team.

Hochstrasser scored two near falls in the final 30 seconds and would have given the Broncos the dual victory with a pin but Kubec managed to hold on to give his team a tie.  Jones had to score an escape point with 38 seconds remaining to defeat his unranked opponent.  Chamberlain was tested as well by an unranked Beaver.  Sakaguchi went out to an early 2-0 lead and Chamberlain needed the riding time point to emerge victorious.

Boise State travels to take on Northern Colorado next Friday and will compete in the UNC Old Chicago Open Saturday.

#2 Boise State 18, #22 Oregon State 18

141 - #12 Levi Jones (BSU) dec. Garrett Drucker (OSU) 9-8

149 - #4 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) dec. Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) 4-3

157 - #1  Adam Hall (BSU) tech. fall Alex Elder (OSU) 22-7

165 - Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) dec. Jon Brascetta (OSU) 14-0

174 - #10 Colby Covington (OSU) major dec. Jake Swartz (BSU) 13-4

184 - Brice Arand (OSU) dec. Randy Larson (BSU) 12-5

197 - Chad Hanke (OSU) major dec. Derek Toney (BSU) 13-3

HWT - #12 Clayton Jack (OSU) major dec. Toby Erickson (BSU) 13-4

125 - #13 Jason Lara (OSU) dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU) 3-2

133 - #1  Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) major dec. 13 Kelly Kubec (OSU) 11-0

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