#7 Bronco Wrestlers Host Final Two at Home

If Boise State is to reach its goal of a top 10 finish at the National Wrestling Championships, the Broncos will need to be consistent down the stretch. Bronco fans will have a chance to see one of the top wrestling squads in the nation in two final home matches this weekend. Boise State hosts UC-Davis tonight at 7 and Stanford tomorrow afternoon at 2 in Bronco Gymnasium.

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#7 Boise State braces for their final two home wrestling matches of the season as the Broncos entertain Pac-10 Conference foes UC-Davis and Stanford this weekend.  Boise State hosts Davis tonight at 7 and the Cardinal tomorrow afternoon at 2 in Bronco Gymnasium.

Coach Greg Randall is looking for contributions throughout his lineup in preparation for the upcoming Pac-10 Championships.  "There's going to be some important matches that we've got to win (this weekend)," he said. "Our wrestlers have to perform, beat the guys that they're supposed to beat and beat somebody they're not supposed to beat so we can move up (in the Pac-10 rankings)."

Boise State (13-3 and 4-0 in the Pac-10) has won four duals in a row and needs to show continued improvement if the Broncos are to reach their goal of finishing in the top ten at the National Championships next month.  Sophomore Brent Chriswell (6-1) is ranked #3 in the nation by Wrestling Report at 197 pounds, sophomore Andrew Hochstrasser (27-2) is #4 in the country at 133 pounds by both USA Today/Intermat and Wrestling Report, sophomore Kirk Smith is #4 at 184 pounds in all three major collegiate wrestling polls while Adam Hall (26-3) is #6 at 157 pounds in all three polls.

Junior Nate Lee (11-3) is 12th in the Wrestling Insider News Magazine poll at 174 pounds, freshman Jason Chamberlain (14-6) is 15th in the W.I.N. rankings in his 149-pound class, Bronco senior Tyler Sherfey (19-8) is #18 at 165 pounds in the USA Today/InterMat poll while senior Cory Fish (13-7) is 28th in the Wrestling Report rankings of 141-pounders.

UC-Davis will be one of Boise State's chief rivals in the Pac-10 Championships.  No less than five Aggie grapplers are ranked ahead of their Bronco counterparts.  Senior Tyler Bernacchi (#1 in the Pac-10 at 174 pounds) is looking to complete a fine career at Davis.  Bernacchi is joined by Marcos Orozco (#2 in league at 125 pounds), Barrett Abel (#2 at 149 pounds) and heavyweight Ricky Alcala (also #2 in the Pac-10).  Nexi Delgado is also ahead of the highest-ranked Bronco at 141 pounds (Cory Fish)--Orozco is #5 in the league.  Fish has showed better in the past and his performance will be closely watched tonight.

Davis sports a 7-5 dual record and scored a big win over Oregon State (22-12) last weekend.  Stanford brings three outstanding wrestlers in freshman Nick Amuchastegui (#3 in the Pac-10 at 165 pounds), junior Jake Johnson (#3 at 184 pounds) and sophomore Max Rosefigura (#6 in the league at 149 pounds).  That trio will give Sherfey, Smith and Chamberlain great competition Sunday afternoon.  Despite an overall record of 6-12-1 and 1-4 in conference, Stanford was 2-1 last weekend with wins over Portland State and Princeton and a loss to Oregon State.  Stanford hosted Arizona State last evening in Palo Alto.

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