Beauty and the Beast part deux: Bronco domination

Beauty and the Beast part deux: Bronco domination

Patrick Sweeney / The Arbiter

Beauty and the Beast provides an iconic look at Boise State athletics in an nontraditional way, matching two different sports on the same floor at the Taco Bell Arena.

The Boise State gymnastic and wrestling teams dominated in their second Beauty and the Beast match of the year Sunday.

While both teams won their match; the wrestling team completely out-wrestled their opponent,
Cal Poly.

In the first match, Boise State freshman Rami Haddadin took on the junior from Cal Poly and Boise State was unable to come out with the win, losing in a close battle and giving the Cal Poly Mustangs an
early lead.

But it was all Broncos from there, taking the match and running away with it. Highlighted by back-to-back pins from redshirt senior Jason Chamberlain and senior George Ivanov, the Broncos finished the match with a 43-3 victory over Cal Poly.

Chamberlain is having a season to remember. With his victory this Sunday, a pin in the first minute and a half of the match, Chamberlain is now sitting at 99 career victories. Chamberlain will attempt to get the 100th against Utah Valley on senior day.

Boise State wrestling is now 12-1 all-time for the Beauty and the Beast meet; with their only loss dating back to Oregon in 2006. With the last Pac-12 match victory over Cal Poly, Boise State is sitting at 9-5 on the year with a 5-1 record inside PAC-12 play.

The Broncos also moved into the No. 21 spot in the NCAA after the dominating defeat.

On the other side of Taco Bell Arena, the women’s gymnastics team did not disappoint either.

Coming into the match against Southeast Missouri in the Beauty and the Beast match, the Broncos were ranked No. 16 in the NCAA. They proved it with a strong performance over the Southeast Missouri, defeating the Redhawks 196.30-191.325.

This would come to be known as a record-breaking night for the team as a whole. First, the Broncos as a team scored the 15th highest team score in Boise State gymnastics history.

The Broncos also tied for the 3rd highest floor exercise in team history with 49.50 along with tying for the 6th best vault score at 49.325.

Providing the power behind the Broncos’ win was junior  Kelsey Black, junior Amanda Otuafi and sophmore Caitlin Mann.

Black, in the vault, earned a career-best, a score of 9.875, to tie for her first career vault title, while tying her career-best on the floor, a score of 9.925, to share her third career title

For Otuafi, who shared both wins with Black, also earned a career-best on the floor and collected a win from each event.

Mann, the final piece to it all, earning her third career title on the beam (9.85) and in the all-around (38.675).

Senior Brittany Potvin-Green and sophomore Ciera Perkins each earned season-bests on the vault, which also tied Black’s and Otuafi’s scores of 9.875.

The gymnastics team is slated to go on the road for the next two matches facing two tough opponents: No.2 Oklahoma this Friday Feb. 15 and No.9 Nebraska
on Feb. 22.