Broncos extinguish Sun Devils: Boise State wrestling wins their first duel at...

Broncos extinguish Sun Devils: Boise State wrestling wins their first duel at home

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This Sunday Boise State wrestling took on a fellow Pac-12 conference member, Arizona State, for the first duel at home this season.

For all of the new wrestling and Boise State enthusiasts: Yes, Boise State is in the Pac-12 division as an affiliate in wrestling.

Well, they made it count as they dominated the
Sun  Devils.

The Broncos are lead by five wrestlers in the top-25 in their own weight class: Redshirt senior Brian Owen (No. 20), redshirt senior Jason Chamberlain (No. 2), senior George Ivanov (No. 17), redshirt junior Jake Swartz (No. 10) and junior J.T. Felix (No.12).

The first two matches did not look very good for the Broncos, but they wouldn’t let the Sun Devils set
the tone.

The first match started out in the 185-weight class as Felix took on another ranked opponent, No.19 Levi Cooper.

Both wrestlers were dueling it out early, but Cooper was too much to handle as Felix lost, 0-5.

In the second match, Boise State’s Haddadin lost a tough one to Dalton Miller, 2-10, giving ASU the major decision.

A major decision is when one wrestler beats the other by at least eight points.

The Broncos would soon return the favor.

In the next match, Owen defeated ASU’s Carpio, 23-7, giving the Broncos a technical fall or tech. A tech is when one wrestler defeats another by at least 15 points.

The next match, Boise State’s redshirt senior Josh Strait had the best match of the duel.

For every second of the match, both wrestlers were jockeying for a position to take over.

Neither was having much success, causing a tight match until the last 15 seconds in the last period when Strait executed an arm-throw, gained two more points and sealed up the victory.

This also happened to be Strait’s first match of the season. Strait had been recovering from surgery from the previous season where he tore his labrum and bicep muscle.

“It was tough coming back from surgery last year. First duel of the year, it feels pretty good to get a win,” Strait said.

When asked about the arm-throw, Strait said he had seen opportunities earlier on in the match and often times the opportunity is there more times than not.

“It gets used a lot in freestyle and that’s my background. It’s always there, it’s not something I’m thinking about doing, it’s just there if I feel it,” Strait said.

Jason Chamberlain, the highest ranked wrestler on either team at No. 2, once again kept his streak of dominance as he won on a technical fall, 20-5. Chamberlain is now 19-1 on the year.

“I just went out and wrestled. I try to get bonus points every match. I was hoping to get a pin, but the tech is the next best thing. That’s how you have to wrestle every match. After a while, it’s not good enough to just get a win, you’re always trying to go for more to help the team out,” Chamberlain said.

The Broncos won the last of the remaining matches; finishing with a team score of 33-7 and improving to a 6-5 record on the year.

The Broncos next match is Friday, Feb. 1 at home against CSU Bakersfield.