Broncos to Battle for Pac-12 Title in Tempe
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 19 Boise State wrestling team will head to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend for the Pac-12 Championships at Wells Fargo Arena. The conference tournament will be broken into two sessions, Saturday (March 2) with the first session beginning at 10:30 p.m. MT and the second session starting at 3:30 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network beginning at 5 p.m.
LIVE RESULTS: A live blog covering action from all three mats, as well as an updated bracket can be found at www.thesundevils.com.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS: Follow the official Twitter account of Boise State wresting @broncosportswre for live in-tournament updates.
PROJECTED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:30 a.m. – Session I Begins (quarterfinals, consolation quarterfinals, championship semifinals)
1 p.m. – Session I Ends
3:30 p.m. – Session II Begins (consolation semifinals)
4:45 p.m. – March of Champions
5 p.m. – Championship Rounds Begin (championship and consolation finals, fifth-place bouts)
7 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Team Trophy Presentation
NCAA QUALIFICATION: The Pac-12 conference received 21 automatic qualifier spots for the NCAA tournament this year, two more than last season. The spots are allocated as follows: 125 (1), 133 (2), 141 (1), 149 (2), 157 (2), 165 (1), 174 (3), 184 (3), 197 (2), 285 (4).
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. 18 Brian Owen (133) and No. 18 George Ivanov (157). As a team, the Broncos are 19th in the country, the highest mark of the season.
IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Brian Owen (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).
SCOUTING THE FIELD: Defending Pac-12 Champion Oregon State is the only other team in the conference ranked in the NWCA/USA Today/AWN top 25, sitting in a tie for ninth. The Beavers also have five wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight class. Arizona State has three individuals in the rankings while CSU Bakersfield and Cal Poly each have one apiece.
The Broncos and Beavers both have wrestlers in rankings of four weight classes, three of which Oregon State has the higher ranking.
PAC-12 HISTORY: Boise State will be looking for its seventh Pac-12 Championship since joining the conference in 1988. Three of those seven titles have come in the past five years, winning in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Last year’s squad made a late rally to finish second behind Oregon State.
The 2012-13 squad holds four individual aPac-12 titles. Jason Chamberlain won at 149 pounds as a freshman in 2009 and again as a junior in 2011. Jake Swartz and Brian Owen both won their first conference championship last season.
LEADING THE WAY: Redshirt junior Jake Swartz leads the team in wins this season with a 27-3 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 21-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won 16 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 has now won 10-straight.
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 is 1-2 against Oregon State’s RJ Pena this season to make it eight times the two have met in the in the past two seasons. Pena’s win at the dual in Corvallis evened the individual series at 4-4, with a potential meeting to come at this year’s Pac-12 Tournament.
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 160 and 159 points, respectively. Chamberlain has a 240-80 discrepancy in 22 bouts not decided by a fall while Swartz’ score line is 235-76 through 26 bouts.
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