Seniors Scott Jorgensen and Ben Cherrington won individual championships in their respective weight classes as Boise State finished third at the PAC-10 Wrestling Championships in Palo Alto, California. The Broncos were behind Oregon State and in fourth place in the team standings when Cherrington pined #2 seed Brian Stith of Arizona State in the 157-pound weight class, giving the Broncos the points they needed to pass the Beavers. The Broncos have now finished in the top three of the PAC-10 for seven consecutive years. Boise State won the conference championship in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and finished second in 2001, 2003 and again last season. Arizona State won the team title for a second consecutive year with 118 points, followed by Cal Poly with 115.5, Boise State with 97 and Oregon State with
Tyler Sherfey (who finished 2nd), Casey Phelps and Andy Patrick (both who finished 3rd in their respective weight classes) join Cherrington and Jorgensen in the NCAA Wrestling Championships which begin March 16th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Freshman Cory Fish finished 5th in the 125-pound class after a 5-0 defeat of Marcos Orozco of Cal-Davis. Mountain Home's Johnny Nunez placed fourth in the 165-pound division and senior K.C. Walsh finished sixth at 184 pounds for the Broncos.
Jorgensen (of Eagle High School) won his third straight PAC-10 championship at 133 pounds when he defeated 15th-ranked Tommy Vargas of Cal State Bakersfield, 4-0. Jorgensen won the 133-pound league title in 2004 and 2005, and becomes the first Bronco to win three Pac-10 Conference Championships. Jorgensen scored a takedown at the 2:10 mark of the first period. He added an escape point in the second period and a point for advantage time. He improved his record to 23-8 this season and 88-36 in his career at Boise State. Cherrington was named as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the championships.
Cherrington won his second Pac-10 Championship in two different weight classes when he pined Stith in the third period. Stith, the #8-ranked wrestler in the nation at 157, held the lead going into the match's final period. As both wrestlers were struggling to gain advantage, Cherrington rolled Stith on his back for a pin at the 5:21 mark. Coming back from an early season injury, Cherrington is undefeated this season with a sparking 15-0 record. Overall, the senior is 88-32 at Boise State.
Freshman Sherfey lost a close match to Anthony Baza, 7-3, in the conference finals of the 149-pound weight class. Sherfey had defeated the 20th-ranked Baza 15-4 earlier this season at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Phelps finished third by defeating Oregon State's Dan Pitsch 3-1 in overtime. His only loss of the tournament was a 1-0 decision to number one seed and 197-pound champion Ryan Bader of Arizona State in the semi-finals. Bader, who went on to win his fourth PAC-10 Championship, finished 4th at the Nationals last year. Phelps earned his second straight trip to the NCAA's for his third-place finish.
Patrick defeated Eric Parker of Cal State Bakersfield in his heavyweight consolation final match, 10-2. Patrick's only loss was to Arizona State's Cain Velasquez in the semi-finals. Velasquez also went on to win a PAC-10 individual title.
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