Boise State's wrestling team is at home for an important pair of PAC-10 matches this week. Friday night, Coach Greg Randall's crew battles Oregon as part of "Beauty and the Beast". Action gets underway at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. Here's a look at the teams.
Freshman Cory Fish 13-8 at 125, including a loss to #16 Rick Deubel of Edinboro in the Las Vegas Invitational. Lost 13-11 to Ryan Dunn of Oregon at the Reno Tournament of Champions and a 5-3 loss to #10 Chad Mendes of Cal Poly last week.
Fish's likely opponent is freshman Dunn.
Eagle High school graduate Scott Jorgensen is ranked 11th by Amateur Wrestling News at 133 pounds, but had to forfeit his match with #3 Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly last Sunday due to injury after trailing 6-2. Jorgensen, a senior, saw his season record slip to 17-8 over the weekend with two losses. Jorgensen had earlier defeated Vasquez 6-5 at the Last Vegas Invitational as he won the championship. He also won a 3-1 decision over #9 Tommy Vargas of Cal State-Bakersfield and lost to #8 Robert Preston of Harvard by default and a 6-5 decision in 2 overtimes to #14 Matt Valenti of Penn at the Vegas Invitational. Jorgensen repeated the win over Vargas in the dual meet with Bakersfield last week. He'll go against Justin Pearch of Oregon. Pearch, ranked 16th by Amateur Wrestling News at 133, captured 5th place at the Reno tournament and defeated Jorgensen 5-4 in the semifinals of the Cowboy Open. Pearch carries a 3-1 record into the match with Boise State. Pearch lost to Wyoming's Tyson Shatto on January 6th. This is the key match of the evening.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Sherfey won the Cowboy Open at 149 and is 21-8 on the season wins including a win over Robert Sanders of Nebraska and a 3rd-place finish at the Reno tournament with only an 8-4 loss to #4 Mark DiSalvo of Central Michigan. Sherfey lost a 9-6 decision to #19 Anthony Baza of Cal State-Bakersfield last week.
Sherfey will face sophomore Stewart Bogart.
Jordan Brock is 5-13 at 141, including a loss to DeWitt Driscoll of Penn State at the Reno tournament. Brock will go against senior Skyler Woods.
Senior Ben Cherrington, the defending PAC-10 champion at 157, is also 11th in the country and a two-time NCAA Championships participant. Cherrington is undefeated in 7 matches since returning from a knee injury.
Boise State's wrestler at 165 will be either Lex Case or Johnny Nunez. Case is 4-9 this season, including a loss to #13 Harwood of Nebraska. Nunez has a mark of 7-9 at 157 pounds, including a loss to the #4-ranked wrestler in the country (Wrestling Mall), Matt Lebe of West Virginia.
Joey Bracamonte, #8 at 165 is hoping to return from injury to represent the Ducks. He has won 4 out of 6 matches, with the lone defeat a forfeit to Wyoming in the match on January 6th. Bracamonte had an impressive win in the Reno Tournament of Champions when he pinned 4th-ranked Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State.
Ben Gilliland is 9-9 at 174, including a loss to #5 Jacob Klein of Nebraska and a loss to #16 Christian Arellano of Cal State-Bakersfield. Gilliland will go against Senior Chet McBee.
Wrestling for Oregon at 184 pounds will be Shane Webster, #11 in the country. He was the #1-ranked high school senior in the 171-pound weight class according to Intermat. Webster owns a 5-1 record, with his only loss a 2-0 decision to Northwestern's Mike Tamillow at the Reno Tournament of Champions.
After missing most of last year with an injury, senior K.C. Walsh has compiled a 17-9 record, placing second in the 184 pound weight class at the Cowboy Open. Walsh lost to none other than Shane Webster in the championship match, 12-5. He was also defeated by the #3 wrestler in the country, Purdue's Ben Wissel by a 7-4 decision and by #10 Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly last Sunday, and by the #15 wrestler in the classification by Amateur Wrestling News, Steve Borja of Virginia Tech.
Junior Casey Phelps is ranked 11th by Amateur Wrestling News at 197. Phelps has a 23-5 record. Phelps lost an 11-1 major decision to #2 Jake Rosholt of Oklahoma State after receiving a forfeit victory over Rosholt in the Kaufman Brand Open. Phelps also split with #4 B.J. Padden of Nebraska losing a 2-1 tiebreaker decision in a dual meet but downing Padden 3-1 in the Kaufman-Brand Open in which he won the championship. Casey topped #16 Nathan Moore of Purdue last Sunday. He lost to #8 Tyrone Bird 8-1 and #16 Ryan Goodman 3-2 at the Vegas Invitational and finished 3rd at the Reno tournament, defeating #10 Matt Delguyd of Northwestern twice.
Phelps will wrestle against junior Tony Rolen.
Freshman Andy Patrick has stepped in at heavyweight for the Broncos and is performing admirably, compiling a 17-11 record and a #20 national ranking. Included in that record is a win over #19 Ryler Shovlin of NC-Greensboro and a7-3 loss to #9 Bode Ogunwole of Harvard in Las Vegas, a tournament in which Patrick placed 4th. Patrick also owns a 7-2 decision over Chris Dearmon of Oregon in the Reno tournament.
Junior Dearmon will take on Patrick for the Ducks.
A great wrestling match and gymnastics meet awaits Bronco fans Friday night--go cheer on the Broncos!