Five Broncos to Wrestle at NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five Boise State wrestlers will take part in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa beginning Thursday, March 21. The three-day event is broken into six sessions, two per day, all of which will be televised on ESPN Networks.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday, March 21
11 a.m. - Session 1 - ESPN3 (Eight mats - pigtails and first round)
6:30 p.m. - Session 2 - ESPN3 (Eight mats - wrestleback first round, championship second round)
Friday, March 22
10 a.m. - Session 3 - ESPN3/ESPNU (Eight mats - quarterfinals, wrestlebacks)
6 p.m. - Session 4 - ESPNU (Six mats - semifinals, wrestlebacks)
Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. - Session 5 - ESPNU (Three mats - wrestleback semifinals, 3rd-8th medal rounds )
6:35 - Grand March - Parade of All-Americans
7 p.m. - Session 6 - ESPN (One mat - Finals)
LIVE RESULTS: Live stats will be available for every bout through ncaa.com.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS: Follow the official Twitter account of Boise State wresting @broncosportswre for live in-tournament updates.
IN THE RANKINGS: In the final AWN/NWCA/USA Today Rankings of the season, Boise State had five wrestlers in the top 20 of their weight classes. Jason Chamberlain led the way, ranked No. 2 at 149 pounds while Jake Swartz joined him in the top 10, sitting No. 9 at 184 pounds. J.T. Felix (285) is No. 13 while George Ivanov moved to No. 16 after a Pac-12 Championship and Brian Owen (133) held steady at No. 18.
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Brian Owen (133), Jason Chamberlain (149), George Ivanov (157), Jake Swartz (184) and J.T. Felix (285).
ROAD TO DES MOINES: Brian Owen (133) -Qualified for the NCAA Tournament after finishing second at the Pac-12 Championships, losing by a 5-2 decision to Devon Lotito of Cal Poly in the 133-pound final...ranked 18th in the final NWCA/AWN/USA Today rankings...took second at the Reno Tournament of Champions, falling to Ryan Mango in the finals...finished the season with a 14-7 record and a 7-3 mark in dual matches...missed a portion of the season after sustaining a leg injury, Feb. 1.
*Jason Chamberlain (149) -Finished the season with a 26-1 record and claimed his third Pac-12 Championship at 149 pounds...defeated Scott Sakaguchi in finals of the tournament...finished 2-1 in the season series against Sakaguchi who defeated Chamberlain by one point in their first meeting...went 13-1 in dual matches and scored the most dual points on the team (53)...notched the 100th win of his career on senior day (Feb. 13) against Utah Valley...won both the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Reno Tournament of Champions...recorded three pins, a team-leading four technical falls, and six major decisions...enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed on a 24-bout win streak.
George Ivanov (157) - Qualified for the NCAA Tournament at 157 pounds after winning the Pac-12 Championship...defeated No. 9 R.J. Pena of Oregon State in the final, 3-2...named the Pac-12 Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler...ranked 16th in the last AWN/NWCA/USA Today Rrankings...enters the national tournament with a 23-5 record overall including a 13-2 record in dual matches...holds a 4-3 record against wrestlers in the AWN Top 20...tied for second on the team in dual wins (13) and third in dual points scored (47)...has won last 12 bouts.
Jake Swartz (184) - Qualified for the NCAA Tournament as the No. 10 seed after winning his second-consecutive Pac-12 Championship at 184 pounds...won three matches in the conference tournament, each by decision, including a 3-1 victory against Kevin Radford of Arizona State in the final...finished the season with a career-best 30-3 record and a 14-1 dual mark...three losses came to Kevin Steinhaus, Ryan Loder and Josh Ihnen, the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 8 seeds, respectively...two of those losses were by a single point...won both the Cowboy Open and the Reno Tournament of Champions...finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational...currently on a 19-bout win streak...led the team in total wins (30), dual wins (14) and major decisions (10)...second in dual points scored (51).
J.T. Felix (285) - Enters the NCAA Tournament with a 26-10 overall record along with a 10-5 dual record...ranked fourth on the team in dual points scored (42)...took second at the Pac-12 Championships, losing by one point to No. 4 Chad Hanke (Oregon State) in the finals...entered the AWN rankings after defeating three ranked opponents and finishing third at the Cliff Keen Invitational...finished the regular season with five major decisions and four falls.
*PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS: For the second-straight year, Boise State had three wrestlers crowned Pac-12 Champions as the Broncos finished second behind Oregon State. Jason Chamberlain was the first to win, notching the third title of his career. Ivanov would make it back-to-back Broncos champions before Jake Swartz was crowned for the second time in as many years.
*LEADING THE WAY: Redshirt junior Jake Swartz leads the team in wins this season with a 30-3 record. The Auburn, Wash., native also has the most dual-match wins (14) and major decisions (10).
*REACHING 100: Jason Chamberlain notched the 100th win of his career during the Broncos' final dual match of the season against Utah Valley, Feb. 13. Chamberlain defeated Josh Wilson by a 10-4 decision at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho and walked off the mat to a standing ovation by the home crowd.
*STREAKING: Both Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz enter the weekend with substantial win streaks intact. Chamberlain has won 24-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won 19 in-a-row with his last defeat on Dec. 1 against Ryan Loder. George Ivanov reached double digits in the final dual of the season and extended the streak to 12-straight after going 2-0 at the Pac-12 Championships.
*SCORING MARGINS: Not only do Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz have the top two winning percentages on the team, they have been winning in impressive fashion. Over the course of the season, each has outscored their opponents by a 179 and 166 points, respectively. Chamberlain has a 268-89 discrepancy in 25 bouts not decided by a fall while Swartz' score line is 246-80 through 29 bouts.
*RUNNING THROUGH THE PAC: Boise State has won its last seven dual matches with the last four wins coming against Pac-12 opponents. With the win over Cal Poly, Sunday, the Broncos have defeated every Pac-12 team this season. Boise State is 5-1 in conference, splitting the season series with Oregon State.
*FAMILIAR FOES: Senior George Ivanov and Oregon State's RJ Pena have become acquainted often since Ivanov's time at Boise State. The two have met nine times over the past two seasons, with Ivanov holding a 5-4 edge in the series after a one-point win in the Pac-12 Championship at 157 pounds.
*VIRGINIA DUALS: Boise State had only one blemish on their record at the Virginia Duals, going 4-1 and finishing fifth. However, Jason Chamberlain, George Ivanov, Jake Swartz and J.T. Felix each finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.
*A PAIR OF CHAMPIONS: Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz each made their way through the Reno Tournament of Champions bracket to be crowned champions. It was the first tournament win for Swartz this season while Chamberlain championed the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier in the year.
*FEARLESS FELIX: J.T. Felix took third at the Cliff Keen Invitational this season, catching the field off guard. Felix entered the tournament unranked before defeating No. 13 Levi Cooper, No. 14 Connor Medberry and No. 15 Peter Capone.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: The Boise State roster is up to 33 student-athletes this season, with 12 newcomers on the team. Despite over a third of the lineup being new, The Broncos return all 10 starters from last season after losing only two graduating seniors. Among those returners are 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Brian Owen (133), George Ivanov (157), Jake Swartz (184) and Brent Chriswell (197). The broncos will also have NCAA All-American Jason Chamberlain (149) returning to action after redshirting last season.
CHAMBERLAIN'S TRAVELS: Redshirt senior Jason Chamberlain had a busy summer. His journey to the World University Games in Finland started in Akron, Ohio, where he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the World University Championships. The performance set him up for a finals appearance at the World University Team Trials, where he defeated defending NCAA Champion Frank Molinaro to earn a spot on the American roster. In Finland, Chamberlaind suffered a first round defeat to Russian Roland Ondar.