The Boise State wrestling team has had tremendous success over the years and has turned themselves into one of the top wrestling programs in the country.
“There is no doubt that we get overshadowed,” head coach Greg Randall said. “But the people who follow wrestling know we have a good program.”
Since 2000 the Broncos have won seven Pac 10 conference championships, have been a staple in the top 25 every year. They also have six top 25 finishes in the NCAA national championships.
The Broncos opened their first match of the season last Friday night at home when they hosted Wyoming.
Boise State lost 17-15 in a contest that came down to the last match.
“We gotta be able to win the close wins to better ourselves throughout the season. Randall said. “Once you start winning those close ones you get higher rankings. Its just important to win those instead of losing those.”
Boise State knows they have to get better if they are going to avoid these losses and have success this season.
“We got to show a little more hustle throughout the match,” Randall said. “Individuals need to hustle a bit more to try and get that momentum going.”
Despite the early season loss the Broncos are optimistic about their success for this season.
“I think this year its possible we can have three or four all-Americans,” Randall said.
With another talented squad, a conference title is once again on the minds of the Broncos.
“Every year we set ourselves to win a Pac 10 championship and place top 10 in the nation,” Randall said. “If everybody comes through we can achieve both of those.”
If Boise State is going to achieve this they are going to have to get great performances by their two nationally ranked seniors JT Felix and Jake Schwartz both of whom are currently ranked fifth.
“Myself and Jake Schwartz are the leaders of the team and everyone looks up to us and watches everything we do,” Felix said. “Its crucial to set a good example.”
The Broncos have had success in recent years, and they have hopes that trend will continue.
“We have had a guy in the finals three out of the last four years and I would like to keep that tradition going,” Schwartz said.
Boise State’s next dual will be on the road against 11 ranked Oregon State on Sunday. They will not return home until Jan 17 for the Beauty and the Beast competition.