When was the last time you were able to watch a national champion in your backyard, let alone a team that has won three consecutive national titles? Well this Tuesday, Dec. 20th, you'll get your chance.
Coming off of their 4th straight consecutive title at the Reno Tournament of Champions this past weekend, the #1 ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team will be visiting Boise for a dual with the Boise State Broncos. Oklahoma State is #1 in all four major wrestling polls; Boise State is #24 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. While Boise State's Tyler Sherfey and Casey Phelps took home third place in the tournament, OSU had nine wrestlers in the finals, with three of those taking home individual titles.
The Broncos have a 0-1 dual record so far this year, losing their first dual of the year to Nebraska. The Broncos have been without two of their top wrestlers this year in Ben Cherrington and Tommy Owen, due to injuries. Boise State currently has two wrestlers ranked in the top 20 by thewrestlingmall.com. Scott Jorgensen is ranked 8th and Ben Cherrington is #12 (although he has yet to wrestle a match this year).
Oklahoma State has a 3-0 dual record so far this season and a winning streak of 24 consecutive duals. The Cowboys currently have nine wrestlers ranked in the top 20 by thewrestlingmall.com: Zack Esposito, Johnny Hendricks, Jake Rosholt and Steve Mocco are all ranked #1 in the nation, while Coleman Scott is ranked 5th, Nathan Morgan 6th, Kevin Ward is 11th, Daniel Fishkorn #13 and Brandon Mason #16.
This match has been moved from Bronco Gym to Taco Bell Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.
Here are the potential lineups:
Boise State Oklahoma State
125 – Cory Fish (Fr.) Coleman Scott (So.)
133 – Scott Jorgensen (Sr.) Nathan Morgan (So.)
141 – Tommy Owen (Sr.) or Jordan Brock (Sr.) Daniel Frishkorn (So.)
149 – Tyler Sherfey (RFr.) Zack Esposito (Sr.)
157 – Ben Cherrington (Sr.) or Johnny Nunez (So.) Kevin Ward (Sr.)
165 – Lex Case (Jr.) Johnny Hendricks (Jr.)
174 – Mike Casperson (Jr.) or Ben Gilliand (Sr.) Brandon Mason (RFr.)
184 – K.C. Walsh (Sr.) Rusty Blackmon (Sr.)
197 – Casey Phelps (Sr.) Jake Rosholt (Sr.)
HWT – Andy Patrick (RFr.) Steve Mocco (Sr.)