BOISE, Idaho – Boise State will host its second Beauty and the Beast competition of the season, Sunday at 2 p.m., when the wrestling team wraps up its Pac-12 slate against Cal Poly at Taco Bell Arena.
PROMOTIONS: Sunday marks the Pink Meet, where fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer awareness to receive a $4 entry.
Fans who attend Saturday’s home men’s basketball game against Wyoming will earn free admission to Sunday’s event. No exchange is necessary; just show your ticket at the door.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS: Follow the official Twitter account of Boise State wresting @broncosportswre for live in-match updates.
LIVE WEBCAST: Fans will be able to watch the match live via Bronco Vision HERE with subscription.
IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos feature five wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings. Those five are No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 9 Jake Swartz (184) No. 14 J.T. Felix (285), No. 16 Brian Owen (133) and No. 17 George Ivanov (157).
As a team Boise State moved up one spot in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches' Poll and is now ranked 23rd.
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Landon Hartley (133), Travis Himmelman (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), George Ivanov (157), Holden Packard (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Cody Dixon (197) and J.T. Felix (285).
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet.
The Broncos began their Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, a fitting event for Valentine's Day. Boise State wrestling came away with a 35-9 win over Portland State, while the gymnastics team picked up a 196.375-195.9 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans.
Beauty and the Beast is now in its 11th season at Boise State, missing only the 2008 season. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnastics team competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent.
Bronco wrestling holds a 10-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds a 9-1 record all-time.
The Bronco wrestlers' only loss came to Oregon in 2006 (17-16), while the gymnasts' only loss came to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20).
SCOUTING CAL POLY: The Mustangs are 2-7 this year in dual meets this season with an 0-2 record in the conference coming into the weekend. No. 17 Devon Lotito leads the team with a 27-7 record at 133 pounds as a freshman. Sean Dougherty (184) is the only other member of the team to pass the 20-win mark at 22-9.
LEADING THE WAY: Redshirt junior Jake Swartz leads the team in wins this season with a 25-3 record. The Auburn, Wash., native also has the most dual-match wins (12), dual-match points (45) and major decisions (10).
STREAKING: Both Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz enter the weekend with substantial win streaks intact. Chamberlain has won 19-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won 14 in-a-row with his last defeat on Dec. 1 against Ryan Loder.
RUNNING THROUGH THE PAC: Boise State has won its last six dual matches with the last three wins coming against Pac-12 opponents.
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 154 and 153 points, respectively. Chamberlain has a 230-76 discrepancy in 22 bouts while Swartz’ score line is 225-72 through 28 bouts.
TOUGH SLEDDING: Seven of Boise State’s 13 dual opponents are currently ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches’ Poll. The Broncos are 2-5 against those teams with wins against No. 9 Oregon State and No. 25 North Dakota State.