Broncos Vie For Sixth Pac-10 Conference Title
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 6 ranked Boise State wrestling team will look to solidify itself back on top of the Pac-10 Conference this Sunday (Feb. 27) when the Broncos travel to Corvallis, Ore. to compete in the 2011 Pac-10 Championships at Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State University.
Boise State (10-3-1) will vie for its sixth ever Pac-10 team title against Arizona State, Oregon State, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton and Stanford. The one day tournament will kick-off with the first of three sessions starting at 11 a.m. (PST). Session II will begin at 6 p.m. following an afternoon intermission. The championship finals are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
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Boise State lineup...
Boise State will wrestle its regular starting lineup at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, which helped the Broncos to a 5-0-1 record against conference opponents this season. Alan Bartelli (125 pounds), Andrew Hochstrasser (133), Levi Jones (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), Adam Hall (157), Kurt Swartz (165), Jake Swartz (174), Kirk Smith (184), Matt Casperson (197) and J.T. Felix (HWT) will make up the Boise State tournament roster.
The Broncos boast four Pac-10 Conference individual champions in this year's lineup as Hochstrasser (2009), Chamberlain (2009), Hall (2010) and Smith (2009 and 2010) have all captured individual Pac-10 titles already in their career.
2010 Pac-10 Championships...
Boise State will look for a bit of redemption this weekend after finishing just three points shy of a three-peat at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships. The Broncos finished runner-up with 125 points last spring; trailing only Oregon State (127 points) at the end of the weekend.
Boise State did earn two individual titles at the tournament as Hall and Smith both secured conference championships. Nate Lee also wrestled to a runner-up finish at 174 pounds. Smith was rewarded for his outstanding season by being named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year.
Pac-10 Championship history...
The Broncos will look to capture the sixth Pac-10 team title in program history this weekend, including their fourth under current head coach Greg Randall. Boise State won Pac-10 titles under Randall in 2004, 2008 and 2009. In 2009 the Broncos shattered the conference record for team points with 172.5, breaking Cal State Bakersfield's previous record of 155 points, thanks to six wrestlers winning individual titles.
Prior to Randall taking over the Boise State program, the Broncos also won Pac-10 team titles in 2000 and 2002 under head coach Mike Young.
Since joining the Pac-10 Conference in 1988 Boise State has seen 22 different wrestlers win 32 individual championships. Coach Randall has helped guide 14 Broncos to 19 individual Pac-10 titles.
Dominant in Pac-10 duals...
Boise State wrapped up the 2010-11 season with a 5-0-1 record against Pac-10 Conference opponents, which marked the third consecutive season without a loss against a conference team. Since the 2008-09 season the Broncos boast a 20-0-1 record against Pac-10 opponents.
Dating back to 2007-08 Boise State is 27-1-1 with their only loss during that stretch coming on Jan. 11, 2008 against Cal State Fullerton, 13-19.
Last time out...
The Broncos head to the Pac-10 Championships coming off a two week layoff since concluding their dual schedule with a 28-6 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma State on Feb. 11. Boise State, which entered the dual ranked No. 8 nationally, managed just two wins in the dual to fall to 0-5 all-time against the Cowboys.
Bartelli scored the first win of the dual for the Broncos as he upset No. 8 Jon Morrison with a 6-1 decision at 125 pounds. Hall would earn the only other Boise State victory of the night at 157 pounds as he beat Neil Erisman, 8-2, to improve to 22-0 overall.
Three Broncos suffered their first loss of the 2010-11 season as Hochstrasser, Chamberlain and Smith all stumbled against Oklahoma State. Hochstrasser fell to No. 1 Jordan Oliver by 5-2 decision at 133 pounds. Chamberlain would then drop the 149 pound match against No. 7 Jamal Parks by sudden victory, 3-1, in overtime. Smith, meanwhile, fell to 8-1 on the season after being forced to medical forfeit in the third period of the 184-pound match against No. 9 Chris Perry, trailing 0-1.
Boise State concludes the regular season with top 10 rankings in both the intermatwrestle.com and NWCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll after spending the entire season near the top of both rankings. The Broncos are currently No. 6 in the InterMat tournament power rankings with 68.0 points and tied with Rutgers for No. 9 in the coaches' poll.
Boise State continues to have eight wrestlers ranked individually by InterMat, including four Broncos currently in the top 10 for their respective weight class. Hochstrasser, Hall and Smith are all ranked No. 2 this week, while Chamberlain was voted No. 6. Rounding out the group of ranked Boise State wrestlers is Bartelli (No. 16), J. Swartz (No. 16), Jones (No. 18) and Casperson (No. 20).
The NCAA also released its final coaches' poll and second Rating Percentage Index for the 2010-11 season this week, which both featured several Broncos ranked in the top 33 nationally. The coaches' poll and RPI will be two of the tools used in the selection process to determine qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class.
Boise State had nine wrestlers ranked in the final coaches' poll of the season. Hochstrasser (No. 2), Hall (No. 3), Smith (No. 3), Chamberlain (No. 5), J. Swartz (No. 15), Casperson (No. 16), Jones (No. 17), Bartelli (No. 22) and Felix (No. 29) all received top 33 votes.
The Broncos had five wrestlers qualify for and receive a top 33 RPI. Hochstrasser (No. 1), Chamberlain (No. 2), Hall (No. 3), J. Swartz (No. 16) and Bartelli (No. 31) all were included in the second RPI of the season. There will be one more RPI released following conference tournament action.
NCAA allocations announced...
The NCAA also released the allocations for conference qualifying to the 2011 national championships this week, in which the Pac-10 Conference received 26 total bids to the NCAA tournament. The Pac-10 was given the fourth most allocations behind the Big Ten Conference (64), the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (45) and Big 12 Conference (33).
The Pac-10 weight class allocations are as follows: 125 pounds (4), 133 (3), 141 (2), 149 (2), 157 (3), 165 (1), 174 (3), 184 (1), 197 (4) and Heavyweight (3).
Moving up the all-time wins list...
Boise State has three seniors solidifying themselves among the Bronco wrestling program's all-time greats as Hochstrasser, Hall and Smith are all rapidly moving up the top 10 list for career wins.
Hall finished the regular season tied for second all-time in career wins at Boise State with a record of 114-21. He is tied with current assistant coach Kirk White, who finished his career with a 114-21 record. If Hall passes White, he will only trail Tyler Sherfey (124-39) on the all-time wins list.
Smith heads to the Pac-10 tournament tied for fourth all-time in career wins with a 102-11 record. He is tied with Rusty Cook who went 102-24 at Boise State.
Hochstrasser will look to close in on becoming just the sixth Bronco wrestler ever to reach 100 careers wins as he heads to the conference championships with a 93-13 career record. He is currently tied with Ben Cherrington (93-32) and Gabe Vigil (93-38) for sixth all-time.