Time will never change head coach Greg Randall’s goal for the Boise State wrestling team—win the Pac-12 Conference championship.
Randall has led the Broncos to four conference championships in his 10 years at the helm of the program.
Boise State’s last conference championship came in 2011 after the Broncos finished second to Oregon State last season.
“It’s always our goal to win the conference,” Randall said. “We’ve won it enough times so when we go into the conference championship we’re not thinking about taking second.
“There’s only one place that matters.”
Back for Boise State will be seniors JT Felix, Jake Swartz and Brian Owen— of whom competed in the NCAA Championships a year ago
Felix and Swartz are both ranked fifth in the nation in their respective weight class. All three are the top seeds for their respective weight classes in the Pac-12.
Felix has finished second at the conference championships in his three year career with the Broncos. He hopes that his hard work this season will help him achieve the conference crown that has eluded thus far.
“It’s been a goal from the start,” Felix said. “It’s one of the speed bumps I’ve been hitting, but I do expect to win in this year.”
Felix as well hopes to earn All-American recognition in his final season in a Bronco singlet.
Boise State will open the season ranked 20th in the nation according the Preseason InterMat College Rankings.
Oregon State opens up sitting in sixth while Stanford is the only other Pac-12 school to be ranked in the Top 25.
The Cardinal round out the Top 25 at 25th.
Randall expects Arizona State and several wrestlers from both Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly to be competitive in the conference.
“A really good season for us would be a conference championship and top 10 in the nation,” Randall said. “We gotta stay healthy to get that and we need some guys to move up in the rankings. They have to beat some ranked guys to do that first.”
Boise State can expect Travis Himmelman, Holden Packard and Cody Dixon to provide necessary points in the post-season after the trio finished third at the Pac-12 Championships last season.
Randall hopes redshirt freshman Austin Dewey and redshirt sophomore Chris Castillo to provide more depth for the Broncos this season.
Castillo was the back-up 157-lber. last season after being beat out by All-American Jason Chamberlain at 149-lbs, but will drop down to 149-lbs. this season.
Boise State will open its season November 2 at the Cowboy Open hosted by Wyoming.