Bronco Wrestlers--2008-09 Team Of The Year!

The Boise State wrestling squad has been named as the 2008-09 BroncoCountry Team of the Year in close voting this week. The Pac-10 Champions outpointed the football team, which won the WAC title last fall.

The historic 2009 Boise State wrestling squad earned top honors as the 2008-09 Bronco Team of the Year in balloting which concluded this week on BroncoCountry.  Coach Greg Randall's Broncos garnered 45 percent of the vote to top the Western Athletic Conference Champion football team, which generated 36% support.  Greg Patton's tennis team was third with 17 percent.

This was a watershed year in Bronco sports as a record eight Boise State teams earned Top 25 status and four of them finished in the elite group of their respective sports. The Broncos also captured four conference championships.

The Bronco wrestlers finished the season ranked ninth in the country with a 17-3 record (8-0 in the Pac-10) and broke an all-time record for points in dominating the Pacific-10 Conference Championships.  Seven of Randall's wrestlers were ranked in InterMat's top 20:  Andrew Hochstrasser (#4 at 133 pounds), Kirk Smith (#4 at 184), Brent Chriswell (#6 at 197), Adam Hall (7th at 157), Nate Lee (13th at 174), Jason Chamberlain (16th at 149) and Tyler Sherfey (#18 at 165 pounds). 

 Six Broncos  (Hochstrasser, Chamberlain, Sherfey, Lee, Smith and Chriswell) won individual titles in leading Boise State to a second consecutive dominating Pac-10 Championship.  In this one, though, the Broncos outdid every other team in league history, shattering the 13 year-old championships point record (155) with 172.5 points.  Adam Hall finished second in his weight class while Brian Owen, Cory Fish and Sam Zylstra took fourth place. Nine of Boise State's 10 starting wrestlers were invited to the NCAA National Championships in St. Louis, where they finished 12th.  Three Broncos were named All-America   Hochstrasser finished fourth in the nation, Brent Chriswell ended up sixth and Sherfey placed eighth in his weight class.  

The Boise State wrestling team joins the 2006 Bronco football team and the 2007-08 men's basketball team as winners of the annual award.

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