Three Broncos Undefeated After First Day of NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa – Boise State will be represented in the quarterfinals by three wrestlers at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Jason Chamberlain, George Ivanov and J.T. Felix each won two bouts, Thursday and will be looking for All-American status with a win in Friday’s morning session.
As a team, the Broncos went 7-2 and are currently in a tie for 10th place with 12 team points.
Chamberlain, the No. 2 seed at 149 pounds, collected two wins by major decision on the first day of action. In the first round, he handily defeated Caleb Ervin of Illinois, 18-4. In the second round, the Springville, Utah native traded takedowns for escapes all match and accumulated seven overall to win 14-5 against All-American Nick Lester of Oklahoma.
Chamberlain will face Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) tomorrow. Sakaguchi handed Chamberlain his only loss of the season in November but Chamberlain has twice avenged the loss since then.
At 157 pounds, Ivanov jumped all over Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) in the early going, going up 6-1 in a little over a minute and at the end of the first round, the senior led 8-3. The pace slowed substantially after that but Ivanov held his ground for the 11-5 win. In the second round, The Council Bluffs, Iowa native met Taylor Walsh of Indiana. In that bout Ivanov had to use a late charge to secure the win, outscoring Walsh 5-3 in the final period to win 9-6.
A quarterfinal meeting is set with Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals. Dieringer advanced with two major decisions in each of his bouts.
Felix only needed to wrestle one match to advance to the quarterfinals at 285 pounds as No. 6 Bobby Telford (Iowa) conceded with an injury default in the second round. The junior beat Justin Grant (Bloomsburg) in the first bout of the day thanks to two takedowns in the final period. Head coach Greg Randall did his part to even the score after the officials did not credit Felix for an escape, citing that he was out of bounds before the escape. After review, the ruling was changed and the two were tied at 2-2 heading into the final period. In the final 1:07, Felix achieved his only two takedowns of the bout to earn the decision.
The Riverside, Calif., native will face No. 3 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals.
All-American hopeful Jake Swartz (184) will look to work his way through the consolation bracket as he went 1-1 on the opening day. No. 10 Swartz defeated James Cook (Campbell) by an 11-0 decision before facing No. 7 Jimm Sheptock of Maryland in the second-round nail biter. Neither Sheptock nor Swartz could score in the first round but it was Sheptock who started on the right foot in the second period, getting an escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. That lead was cut to two points after the redshirt junior escaped with a minute left. In the final period, Swartz escaped easily to start but could not get a takedown, falling 3-2.
Swartz will face Christopher Chionuma (Oklahoma State) tomorrow morning.
Brian Owen (133) fell in his first two bouts and was eliminated from the tournament. The senior lost an 11-0 major decision during the first session and a 1-0 decision in the second.
Session 3 will begin, Friday at 10 a.m. (MT), followed by Session 4 at 6 p.m. Two rounds of wrestlebacks and one round of championship action will be held during each session. Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings with the Boise State Tournament Central.