The Boise State wrestling team will look to take home its third Pac-10 Conference team championship in four years, Sunday (Feb. 27), as the Broncos compete at the conference tournament in Corvallis, Ore. Follow Boise State throughout the day right here at broncosports.com with regularly updated blogs. Free streaming video and live scoring is also available by selecting the links above.
11:20 p.m. - Bartelli wins big
The 2011 Pac-10 Conference wrestling championships are officially underway. Alan Bartelli scored the first big win of the day for Boise State as he beat Britain Longmire of Cal Poly by 12-0 major decision to advance to the 125-pound semifinal round. Bartelli scored five points in the first period with a takedown and near fall to gain an early advantage. He would spend most of the match with Longmire on the ground.
Andrew Hochstrasser and Levi Jones are two of three Boise State wrestlers with first round byes. The third is Kirk Smith. Jason Chamberlain is next on the mat for Boise State in the 149-pound bracket. He is set to face John Cardenas of Cal State Bakersfield.
11:40 - Chamberlain wins by tech fall, Hall advances with major decision
Jason Chamberlain scored a two point take down with just 00:20 remaining in the third period to secure a 19-4 technical fall victory against John Cardenas (Cal State Bakersfield) to earn his spot in the semifinal round. Chamberlain opened the match with a five point first period and never looked back. He managed to throw Cardenas four times in the third, as well as score a three point near fall, to blow the match wide open.
Adam Hall made it three for three just moments later as he topped Chris Stinnett of Cal State Fullerton by 14-1 major decision to advance in winner's bracket action. Hall after a five point first period Hall controlled the match from start to finish putting himself one win away from the title match.
The fast pace action continues as Boise State has Kurt Swartz, Jake Swartz, Matt Casperson and J.T. Felix still waiting to wrestle their first round matches. The semifinals will take place during the first session early this afternoon.
12:07 p.m. - Swartz brothers advance to semifinals
Kurt and Jake Swartz both earned a pair of wins in their opening round matches to give Boise State eight wrestlers in the semifinal round of the Pac-10 Championships.
Kurt Swartz wrestled to the second major decision victory of the day for Boise State with a 9-0 win over Bryce Whitehead of Cal State Fullerton in the opening round of 165-pound action. Swartz shot and scored his first take down of the match with just 00:10 remaining in the first period. Swartz gained 2:14 advantage in riding time after managing to not allow an escape by Savalle in the second. He would reverse Savalle with 00:50 left in the third and score a near fall as time expired in the match to push the final score to 9-0.
Jake earned Boise State's first win by fall of the tournament to help silence a roaring Gill Coliseum filled with Oregon State faithful. The Beavers scored pins on mats one and three within a minute of each other, bringing the arena to a fever pitch. Just moments later Swartz gave Bronco fans a reason to respond as he pinned Mark Savalle of Cal State Fullerton at the 5:21 mark.
Matt Casperson and J.T. Felix will look to make it a perfect 10 for 10 in the semifinals for Boise State, as both are starting to warm up for their first round match.
12:40 - Boise State sends 10 to semifinals
Boise State will have 10 wrestlers competing in the semifinals this afternoon as the Broncos went 7-0 in the opening round to go along with three automatic byes. Matt Casperson and J.T. Felix both scored wins in their first matches of the tournament to keep Boise State perfect on the day.
Casperson kept the Boise State momentum going in his first 197-pound match of the tournament as he scored the fourth major decision victory of the day for the Broncos. Casperson was able to get into Kyle Bergstedt's legs with 00:30 remaining in the first period for his first takedown of the match. He would score a takedown in both the second and third period to extend his lead to 8-0. A point for just over a minute riding time advantage pushed the final score to 9-0.
Felix scored the most exciting win of the day thus far as it took him an overtime period to beat Dylan Rush of Stanford by 2-1 decision. After wrestling to a 1-1 deadlock after regulation, Felix scored the go ahead point on a stalling infraction by Rush. Rush was warned for stalling in the third period and sudden victory session, and Felix was finally awarded the stalling point with 00:15 left in the first overtime.
After one round of the Pac-10 tournament complete, Boise State leads the team standings with 75.5 points. Oregon State and Stanford are tied for second at 67.5.
The semifinals will be a big round for Boise State and Oregon State and the Broncos and Beavers will square off in four matches.
Boise State's semifinal matches up are:
125 - Alan Bartelli vs. Anthony Robles (Arizona State)
133 - Andrew Hochstrasser vs. Frank Lomas (CS Bakersfield)
141 - Levi Jones vs. Mike Mangrum (Oregon State)
149 - Jason Chamberlain vs. Timmy Boone (Stanford)
157 - Adam Hall vs. Kyle Meyer (Stanford)
165 - Kurt Swartz vs. Jon Brascetta (Oregon State)
174 - Jake Swartz vs. Colby Covington (Oregon State)
184 - Kirk Smith vs. Brice Arand (Oregon State)
197 - Matt Casperson vs. Luke Macchiaroli (Arizona State)
HWT - J.T. Felix vs. Levi Cooper (Arizona State)
1:10 p.m. - Hochstrasser punches ticket to finals, Bartelli falls to Robles
Boise State punched its first ticket to the championship round as Andrew Hochstrasser won his semifinal match at 133 pounds to advances to the finals. The win came on the heels of the first Bronco loss of the tournament, as Alan Bartelli lost in the semifinals at 125 pounds.
Bartelli suffered the first Boise State loss of the day as he fell to Anthony Robles of Arizona State, the defending Pac-10 Champion at 125 pounds. Bartelli gave up eight points in the first period and was never able to recover. His only point in the match came on an escape in the third as Robles wrestled to a 13-1 major decision victory.
Hochstrasser showed why he is the favorite to win his second Pac-10 Conference title as he rolled past Frank Lomas of Cal State Bakersfield with a 16-2 major decision win. Hochstrasser scored his first take down of the match with 1:08 left in the first after getting into Lomas' left leg. Two take downs and a three point near fall in the third would blow the final score wide open.
Levi Jones is on the mat now at 141 pounds, with Adam Hall slated to follow shortly after at 157.
1:31 p.m. - Jones and Chamberlain advance
Levi Jones and Jason Chamberlain both earned spots in Sunday night's championship round with wins in their respective semifinal matches this afternoon.
Jones wrestled to an exciting, hard fought win over Mike Mangrum of Oregon State in 141-pound semifinals. The wrestlers split their regular two regular season meetings this year. Mangrum won the first meeting 11-4, while Jones won the second 9-2. Jones took a 6-2 lead into the third period but a take down by Mangrum with 1:46 left in regulation shifted the cheers in Gill Coliseum. Jones would score a reversal with 1:20 left and get another point for riding time to secure the 9-5 decision. He will face Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly in the championship round tonight.
Chamberlain managed to advance with a 21-7 major decision win over Timmy Boone of Stanford. After a trio of take downs in the first two periods, Chamberlain blew open the match in the third falling just short of securing a technical fall victory.
2:00 p.m. - Two more move to championship round, Jake Swartz falls
Adam Hall and Kurt Swartz both advanced to the finals for their respective weight class this afternoon with a pair of wins in the semifinals. With Hall and Swartz the Broncos now have five wrestlers that will vie for a conference title tonight.
Hall gained an early 7-1 advantage in his semifinal match against Kyle Meyer (Stanford) thanks to multiple take downs in the early going. Another take down in the third and a point for riding time advantage pushed the final match score to 10-3 giving Hall the chance to defend his Pac-10 title tonight.
Swartz recorded the most dramatic win of the day thus far as he held off Jon Brascetta, 2-1, in overtime. After wrestling to a 1-1 tie in regulation, neither wrestler was able to score in the sudden victory period. Swartz managed to keep Brascetta from escaping then in the first 00:30 period of OT. Starting down in the last session of overtime number one, Swartz would escape with 00:25 left to wrestle. He avoided a takedown to hang on for the 2-1 win.
Jake Swartz lost 9-2 to Colby Covington in the 174 pound semifinal round to fall short of making it six Broncos in the title round. He will join Alan Bartelli in consolation action this evening, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. (PST).
Attendance for session-one of the conference championships is reported at 1,697.
2:40 p.m. - Broncos send six to finals
Boise State will send six wrestlers to the championship match of their respective weight class Sunday night as J.T. Felix scored a huge upset in the heavyweight semifinals to punch his ticket to the title round. Felix capped a strong semifinal round for the Broncos which helped Boise State secure the overall lead in the team standings after two rounds.
Felix met Levi Cooper of Arizona State in the semifinals. Cooper entered the match as the No. 19 ranked heavyweight in the nation (InterMat), and the tournament's No. 1 seed. Felix provided a gritty performance to put Cooper on the ropes late in the third. A take down in the second helped give Felix a 3-2 advantage late in regulation. Cooper continued to shoot but was unable to connect, before Felix finally turned Cooper for a take down with just 00:05 remaining to clinch the 5-3 victory.
The big win by Felix came on the heels of a pair of Boise State upset losses in the semis, as No. 1 seeds Kirk Smith and Matt Casperson both fell from the winner's bracket. Smith, who was battling injury he suffered in his regular season finale against Oklahoma State, was simply unable to go at 100 percent today. He would wrestle admirably but fell to Brice Arand, 8-2, at 184 pounds. Smith is expected to medical forfeit his remaining consolation matches.
Casperson, meanwhile, fell to Luke Macchiaroli by 6-2 decision at 197 pounds to fall to consolation action. Macchiaroli scored two take downs in the third period to secure the upset win.
Of Boise State's six wrestlers in the title round, four will go in as the higher seed. The championship matchups for Boise State are:
133 - #1 Andrew Hochstrasser vs. #3 Garrett Drucker (Oregon State)
-********* Hochstrasser beat Drucker 10-1 and 12-3 already this season
141 - #3 Levi Jones vs. #1 Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly)
-********* Jones lost to Novachkov 4-2 earlier this season
149 - #1 Jason Chamberlain vs. #2 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State)
-********* Chamberlain beat Sakaguchi 4-3, 6-4 OT, 3-1 and 6-3 this season
157 - #1 Adam Hall vs. #2 Bubba Jenkins (Arizona State)
-********* Hall lost to Jenkins at the All-Star Classic, 12-4, which did not count on official record. Hall beat Jenkins 2-1 in overtime at Las Vegas Invite.
165 - #2 Kurt Swartz vs. #4 Trevor Hall (Cal State Bakersfield)
-********* Swartz beat Hall 8-6 earlier this season
HWT - #4 J.T. Felix vs. #2 Clayton Jack (Oregon State)
-********* Felix lost to Jack 7-2, 10-5 earlier this season.
The current team standings after Session I are:
1. Boise State (121.5 points)
2. Oregon State (116.0)
3. Arizona State (98.5)
4. Stanford (81.5)
5. Cal Poly (71.5)
6. Cal State Bakersfield (70.0)
7. Cal State Fullerton (54.0)
The second session with consolation wrestling will begin at 6 p.m. (PST). The championship matches are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. (PST).
4:38 p.m. - Five Broncos already clinch NCAA bids
Five Boise State wrestlers have already secured automatic bids to the 2011 NCAA Championships by qualifying for the final round at the Pac-10 tournament Sunday night. Andrew Hochstrasser (133), Levi Jones (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), Adam Hall (157) and J.T. Felix (HWT) have clinched automatic NCAA bids as their weight class has at least two automatic spots allocated to nationals, and they can finish no lower than No. 2 tonight.
Of the other five Boise State wrestlers, four of them still have opportunities to clinch an automatic bid. Alan Bartelli must finish in the top four of the 125-pound weight class tonight to earn an automatic NCAA spot. Kurt Swartz can clinch a trip to nationals by winning the 165 pound title tonight. Jake Swartz, meanwhile, must finish in the top three to secure an automatic bid at 174. Matt Casperson is the last Bronco with an automatic spot on the line as he can clinch with a top four finish at 197 pounds.
6:10 p.m. - Bartelli heading to NCAAs
Alan Bartelli punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships, Sunday evening, with an 11-1 major decision victory against Andre Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton) in 125-pound consolation action. Bartelli used an eight point first period to assert himself early in the match. After scoring a takedown early in the first he nearly pinned Gonzalez twice, scoring a pair of three point near falls. With 5:03 in riding time advantage he held Gonzalez from challenging him much throughout the match.
Bartelli will wrestle No. 2 seed Ryan Mango in the third and fourth place match later tonight.
8:10 p.m. - Swartz and Casperson lose consolation matches in overtime; Broncos lead Beavers in team standings by half point
Boise State wrapped up session No. 2 of the Pac-10 wrestling championships with a pair of overtime losses as Jake Swartz and Matt Casperson both fell in extra periods to end their hopes of securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
In the 174-pound consolation bracket, Swartz wrestled Eric Starks of Arizona State to a 1-1 deadlock after regulation. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Starks earned an escape at the 00:19 mark of the first 00:30 overtime period. Swartz wrestled hard to escape Starks in the next OT period but was unable to free himself before time expired. Swartz bumps to the fifth place match in tonight's final session.
Casperson also dropped his consolation semifinal match in dramatic fashion after wrestling to a 1-1 tie after three periods. Casperson found himself in trouble with just seconds remaining in regulation, as Hanke nearly scored a takedown as they wrestled out of bounds. It would only take Hanke 00:19 seconds in sudden victory overtime to strike again however, as he got into Casperson's leg and managed to take him down for the 3-1 win.
With the two losses Oregon State managed to narrow the team standings heading into the championship session tonight. Boise State still sits in first with 126.0 points, but the Beavers sit in a close second with 125.5 points. Arizona State is third with 106 points and Stanford is fourth with 103.0 points.
The final session will begin at 8 p.m. (PST). The championship matches will start at 197 pounds, which makes J.T. Felix the first Bronco to compete in the finals in bout No. 2.
8:30 p.m. - Felix falls short in thrill heavyweight title match
J.T. Felix took Oregon State's Clayton Jack to the wire in Sunday night's heavyweight title match before Jack scored a late takedown in regulation to secure the 6-4 decision. After falling behind 3-1 early, Felix escaped and scored a takedown early in the third period to garner a 4-3 advantage. Felix fought to ride out the final 1:30 of regulation but Jack would escape with 00:55 left to even the score. Felix went back on the offensive with just under 00:30 seconds left, but as he shot Jack's legs, Jack turned Felix and scored a takedown with just 00:24 remaining. Felix was unable to escape, finishing runner-up in his inaugural Pac-10 tournament.
Just moments before the heavyweight title match, Matt Casperson finished his weekend at the conference tournament with a loss by 8-4 decision to Ryan Smith of Cal Poly. Casperson places sixth in his final Pac-10 Championships.
The team standings have shifted with Oregon State in first with 129.5 points. Boise State remains in second with 126.0 points. The crowd noise continues to rise as the championship round goes on and with three Boise State vs. Oregon State title matches yet to be wrestled the atmosphere will undoubtedly continue to grow.
8:55 p.m. - Hochstrasser wins second Pac-10 title
Andrew Hochstrasser captured the second Pac-10 title of his career Sunday night with an 11-0 major decision win over Garrett Drucker of Oregon State in the 133-pound title match. Hochstrasser scored his first take down of the match at the 2:10 mark of the first period and never let up. He would score three take downs and one near fall to extend his lead. He earned 4:08 in riding time advantage to push the final score to 11-0
Alan Bartelli earned a third place finish with a medical forfeit win in his last match.
Boise State recaptured the team lead with 134.0 points. Oregon State remains at 129.5 points.
9:10 p.m. - Chamberlain wins second title, Jones falls in close match
Jason Chamberlain became Boise State's second individual Pac-10 champion, Sunday night, as he held off Scott Sakaguchi for a 5-2 decision in the 149-pound title match. After wrestling to a scoreless first period, Chamberlain scored an escape and takedown in the second to take a 3-0 lead. After Sakaguchi escapes however, with just 1:40 left in regulation Chamberlain held just a 3-2 lead. With time winding down on Sakagushi, Chamberlain would score a takedown with 00:15 left to secure the 5-2 win. This marks the second Pac-10 title of his career.
Levi Jones saw his Pac-10 championship dreams fall just short in the first conference title match of his career, Sunday night. Jones wrestled Boris Novachkov strong for three periods but a takedown with 00:55 left in regulation proved to be the difference. After a scoreless first period, Novachkov earned an escape with 1:30 to go in the second. Jones tried several shots on Novachkov but was never able to get in on his legs. His only point of the match came on an escape with 00:45 left to go.
After the 149-pound finals, Boise State leads the team race with 138.0 points. Oregon State is second with 130.5.
9:50 p.m. - Hall beats Jenkins in triple OT, Kurt Swartz wins first title, Broncos clinch team title
Adam Hall successfully defended his 157-pound Pac-10 championship with a 3-2 win over Bubba Jenkins of Arizona State. The two wrestlers fought it out in a match that could have gone all night if it weren't for a riding time advantage in triple overtime that gave Hall the nod in the match. After wrestling to a 1-1 tie in regulation, both wrestlers scored escapes in double overtime to enter triple OT deadlocked at 2-2. Neither wrestler could score an escape in triple overtime, but the period ended with a 00:07 advantage in Hall's favor, by rule giving him a riding time point and the win in the dual.
*Kurt Swartz managed to take home the first conference title of his career, as he beat Trevor Hall of Cal State Bakersfield in the 165-pound title match. Swartz scored four points in the first two periods on takedowns and allowed no escape points en route to the victory. His win pushed Boise State far enough ahead of Oregon State, the Broncos were able to clinch their sixth Pac-10 team title.
With two matches left to wrestle, Boise State leads the way with 146.0 points. Oregon State is second with 133.5 points. The Beavers can score 12 more points, but would still fall half a point shy of the team title.