The Boise State wrestling team is on fire. Capping a perfect 4-4 afternoon, the Broncos head into tonight's final action of the Pac-10 Championships with an insurmountable advantage. Boise State has six wrestlers in the Pac-10 finals that are guaranteed a spot in the National Championships. Three others are wrestling tonight--win and they are in as well!
Boise State is running away with one of the most lopsided
championships in Pac-10 wrestling history.
The favored Broncos have six wrestlers in tonight's championship round
in Eugene, Oregon and another three in the consolation championships. Coach Greg Randall's squad is guaranteed at
least six entrants in the NCAA National Championships.
Going into today's action, the
Broncos had accumulated 128 points to 94 for second-place Arizona State. Oregon State was in third with 83.5 points, followed by Cal Poly
(79.0), Cal State-Bakersfield (775), Stanford (75.0), Cal State-Fullerton
(72.0), UC-Davis (66.5), host Oregon (55.5) and Portland
Boise State was a perfect four-for-four today on the U of O
campus. Alan Bartelli topped #6 seed
Joseph Lucas of host Oregon 2-1 on a two-point takedown with one second remaining in
the match to capture seventh place in the 125-pound division. #4 seed Levi Jones then took it to #2 Teddy
Astorga of Fullerton by pining him with six seconds remaining in the first
period. Jones will wrestle for third
place and an automatic invitation to the NCAA Nationals tonight against #7 seed Nexi Delgado of
Cal-Davis. Matt Casperson, who suffered
a disappointing disqualification last night in the quarterfinals, bounced back
to down Jake Johnson of Stanford in his 197-pound match this afternoon.
He'll tackle #5 seed Riley Orozco of Cal State-Bakersfield for third place and
the NCAA bid. Orozco upset #2 John Drake
this afternoon 8-4. Heavyweight Nick Smith then made it a perfect Bronco afternoon in dramatic style by scoring a
two-point takedown in overtime to win 3-1 over #6 seed Ricardo Alcala of
Cal-Davis. Smith will go up against
unseeded Charlie Alexander of host Oregon tonight for third place and the
NCAA bid. Alexander defeated Quinton
Pruett of Arizona State 3-2.
A complete schedule of Broncos
wrestling tonight follows. Watch the
BroncoCountry Olympic Sports message board for up-to-the second updates.
133--Cory Fish goes against #4 seed Ryan Dunn of host Oregon in the championship.
141—Levi Jones faces #7 seed Nexi
Delgado of Cal-Davis for third place.
149--Adam Hall goes against #1 seed Morgan Atkinson of Fullerton in the championship.
157--Tyler Sherfey wrestles #1 seed Cam Pami of Cal Poly in the championship.
165--Kurt Schwartz faces off against #1 seed Patrick Pitsch of Arizona State in the championship.
174--Nate Lee is challenged by Tyler Bernacchi of Cal-Davis in the championship.
184-- Kirk Smith goes against #3 seed Brent Chriswell of Arizona State in the championship.
197--Matt Casperson takes on #5 seed Riley Orozco of Cal State-Bakersfield for
Heavyweight--Nick Smith challenges unseeded Charlie Alexander of Oregon tonight for third place.