The Boise State wrestling team has good tradition on their side but enters this year's Pac-10 Championship as an underdog. Action begins Saturday morning in Bakersfield.
string of finishing near the top of the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships may be
in danger when wrestlers from the league's schools take to the mats this
The Bronco grapplers have finished in the top three of the
annual championships every year since 1999, a streak of eight years in a
row.Included in that period are three
Pac-10 championships and four second-place finishes.If the final Pac-10 rankings are any
indication, this year's event hosted by Cal State-Bakersfield figures to be a
battle between OregonState
and Cal-Davis, with Cal Poly, ArizonaState and the home team providing
the closest competition for the front-runners.
The preliminary point totals are calculated by taking the
top six places in the Pac-10 rankings and applying the championship scoring
format—12 points for first place, 10 for second, nine for third, seven for
fourth place, six for fifth and four for sixth place.
Using those numbers, BoiseState is forecast to finish all the
way down at 7th place.OregonState accumulates 79 points with
Cal-Davis close behind at 77.Then it's
Cal Poly with 70, perennial power ArizonaState with 58, Bakersfield
with 51, Stanford 45, Boise State 42, Fullerton
31 and Oregon 30.
Obviously, Coach Greg Randall's team has its work cut out
for them if they are to reach the top three.There are bonus points awarded throughout the meet that the Broncos can
use to catch the favorites.A major
decision nets a wrestler's team five extra points, as does a win in the
consolation round or a bye followed by a win in consolation.Teams can also score two extra points for a
fall, default, forfeit or for an opponent's disqualification.Teams are awarded 1.5 points for a technical
fall with a near fall, one point for a technical fall with no near fall, and
one point for advancement in the championship round or for a bye in the
championship round followed by a win.
highest-ranked wrestler is heavyweight Andy Patrick, who is ranked second to OregonState's Ty Watterson.Nate Lee is ranked third in the league at 174
pounds, Tyler Sherfey is fourth in the Pac-10 at 157 pounds, Levi Jones is tied
for fourth at 133, Johnny Nunez is ranked fifth at 165 pounds while Luke Smith
is sixth at 184.
has three wrestlers ranked #1 in the Pac-10—Brian Stith at 157 pounds, Patrick
Pitsch at 165 and Greg Gifford at 184.Cal-Davis
has two at the top:Derek Moore at 141
pounds and Ken Cook at 174, as does Cal Poly (Darrell Vasquez at 133 pounds and
Matt Monteiro at 197).Stanford's Tanner
Gardner at 125 pounds, Morgan Atkinson at 149 pounds from Fullerton
and Watterson from OSU at 285 pounds are the other #1 wrestlers.
Three mats will be in use for the Pac-10 Championships this
weekend in Bakersfield.Action begins Saturday morning at 11 with the
Pigtails and Quarterfinals.Session 2
begins at with Consolation
Pigtails, Semifinals and Consolation Quarterfinals.Pairings for the ten weight classes will be