Following an inspiring come-from-behind victory over the Cal State Bakersfield Road Runners on Friday night in the first Beauty and the Beast duel of the year, the no. 24 ranked Boise State wrestling team took to Taco Bell Arena Sunday afternoon, this time to face Pac 12 foe, the Stanford Cardinal.
The Broncos cruised to eight wins on the night in a 29-7 drubbing of their fellow Pac 12 member. Boise State senior Jason Chamberlain, ranked second in the nation, extended his record to 21-1 on the season in the 149-pound bout as the senior recorded his first pin of the year in the second period.
In bonus point wins, sophomore Scott Bacon picked up his 15th win of the season in the 174-pound match while the 184-pound man, redshirt junior Jake Swartz, sealed his win with his 10th major decision this season and is his fifth in the last six matches.
Boise native, sophomore Holden Packard, would provide the most exciting and nerve-wracking match of the day as he went into an overtime period in the 165-pound bout. After Stanford’s junior Bret Baumbach forced the overtime period with a move with just one second remaining in the third period, Packard would take control through the overtime period and coast to a 4-2 victory.
The 18th ranked senior wrestler, George Ivanov improved his record to 19-5 on the year as he picked up his eighth consecutive win in an 11-4 rout in the 157-pound class. Junior Cody Dixon and the 13th ranked heavyweight junior, J.T. Felix, also picked up victories on the night to seal the blowout win.
The Broncos now improve their record to 8-5 (4-2 Pac 12) on the season. Their next match will come this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena vs. Cal Poly in the second Beauty and the Beast dual match for Boise State wrestling and gymnastics.