Bronco Wrestlers Ready to Defend Pac-10

Boise State looks to qualify eight or more wrestlers for the NCAA National Championships when they defend their Pac-10 title today in Fullerton.

#9 Boise State enters the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships today in Fullerton, California as the heavy favorite to repeat as champions.  Six of ten Bronco wrestlers have been tabbed as number one seeds in their respective weight classes for Coach Greg Randall.


           Andrew Hochstrasser (133 pounds), Adam Hall (157), Tyler Sherfey (165), Nate Lee (174), Kirk Smith (184) and Brent Chriswell (197) all received No. 1 seeds.  Jason Chamberlain is seeded No. 2 at 149 pounds, Cory Fish is No. 3 at 141 pounds, Sam Zylstra is fourth at heavyweight and Brian Owen is No. 7 at 125 pounds.   Eight of the 10 Bronco wrestlers received byes into the quarterfinal round. 


Smith, ranked #4 in the country with a sparkling 32-1 record, is a perfect 7-0 against PAC-10 foes.   Smith will take on Brady Garner of Portland State in the first round of the 184 pound weight class.  Smith downed Garner 8-3 just two weeks ago in a dual meet.  Smith is in a weight class with some top-notch contenders.  Stanford's Jake Johnson is 28-14 this season, Riley Orozco of Cal State-Bakersfield  is 25-10 while Brice Arand of Oregon State is 20-11.  


 Chamberlain, ranked16th with a 22-7 mark will meet Calvin Miller of Cal State Bakersfield.  Chamberlain is 6-1 against the conference with his only league loss being to Heinrich Barnes.  Barnes, at 32-4, is the #1 seed and should Chamberlain continue to win, the two will likely meet up in the final.  Cal Poly's Geoffrey Doss, at 22-4, is another formidable foe standing in the way of a conference title for Chamberlain.  


             Hochstrasser, ranked #4 with a record of 28-2 overall and 4-0 vs. Pac-10 competition, will face David Prado (1-6) of Arizona State in his quarterfinal match.  Hochstrasser and Prado have not faced each other this year.  Tyler Dillashaw of Cal State-Fullerton (26-4) is Hochstrasser's highest-ranked opponent with Bakersfield's Thomas Kimbrell (22-10) also a factor.  


            Hall (30-3) will meet the winner of the first round match between Sam Barnhart (15-17) of Cal State Bakersfield and Arizona State 's Tejovan Edwards (4-7).  Stanford star Lucas Espericueta (25-13) looks to do well at 157 as well.


            Sherfey, ranked 18th in the nation with a 23-8 record, will take on Joel Shaw (8-15) of Cal Poly in the quarterfinals.  Sherfey handed a Shaw a 12-3 major decision loss earlier this season.  Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui (26-5) and Keegan Davis of Oregon State (26-12), Bryan Cantrell of Portland State (23-14) and  Joseph Granata from Bakersfield (22-14) will all mix it up in perhaps the league's most competitive division.


            Lee, the defending Pac-10 champion at 174 pounds, will wrestle against Ryan DesRoches (14-11) of Cal Poly in his quarterfinal match.  Lee, ranked 13th with a 15-3 mark, had a close match with DesRoches earlier this season posting a 6-5 win.  Lee is a perfect 7-0 vs. the Pac-10.  Kyle Bressler (20-5) of Oregon State and Ryan Sonderegger (16-15) of Portland State look to challenge Lee for the championship.


            Chriswell won the 184 pounds title at last year's league tournament when he competed for Arizona State .  He moved up a weight class in this his first year at Boise State and is ranked #5 with a 10-1 record this season.  Chriswell will face Bo Lukehart (6-16) from Cal Poly, whom he pined earlier this season.  Bakersfield's Brandon Halsey (18-2) Luke Feist (19-11) from Stanford, Oregon State's Chad Hanke (18-10) and John Drake of Fullerton (15-9) will vie with Chriswell for the 184-pound title in another competitive division.


            Fish is also a defending Pac-10 Champion.  Last year he won the 133 pound weight class before moving up a division this year.  Ranked 24th with a 17-7 record, Fish will take on Garrett Drucker (15-10) of Oregon State .  Fish defeated Drucker two weeks ago in a dual match, 6-1.  Cal State-Bakersfield's Elijah Nacita (30-11) is one of the best wrestlers in the Pac-10 and will be tough to beat today.  Chris Drouin (24-5) of Arizona State, Nick Fisher from Cal-Poly (23-8) and Adin Duenas of Fullerton (17-6) will also challenge for the title in the 141-pound classification..


            Zylstra (9-13 overall and 3-3 against the Pac-10) and Owen (10-5) will both face wrestlers from UC-Davis in their quarterfinal matches.  Zylstra will take on Ricardo Alcala and Owen will face #2 seed Marcos Orozco.  Zylstra beat Alcala in their dual in early February 6-2. Bakersfield's Mitchell Monteiro (25-6) and Clayton Jack of Oregon State (21-8) are two of the favorites to win the 285-pound classification.


 Orozco is 18-7 overall and 9-1 against Pac-10 competition.  Arizona State's Anthony Robles (22-6) is the favorite at 125.  Given that the stated goal for this team is a top ten finish at the upcoming NCAA Championships, it is important for the Broncos to qualify eight or nine wrestlers for nationals.


            Competition begins today at noon (MT) on the Cal State Fullerton campus.  Following the quarterfinals, the semifinals will start at 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Sunday, with the championship session beginning at 8 tomorrow night (MT).

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