Wrestling rivals collide when the Broncos meet the Beavers

Wrestling rivals collide when the Broncos meet the Beavers

Rivalries are what make sports truly great.

The Boise State wrestling team will take on their biggest rival tomorrow night when they host conference foe Oregon State.

“They are our biggest rival and we have been able to match up with them really well in the past,” head coach Greg Randall said.

Many people know about the football team’s rivalry with the Beavers but not many know of the heated rivalry between the two wrestling teams.

“They are our rivals,” heavyweight J.T. Felix said. “Honestly we can’t stand them and they can’t stand us.”

Both Boise State and Oregon State have been among the top teams in the PAC-12 conference in the past seasons, each of them becoming a staple in the top 25.

In fact Oregon State and Boise State have finished 1-2 respectively in the last two PAC-12 championships.

The Broncos are hoping to end the Beavers recent streak of PAC-12 championships and know a win over them to end the regular season would certainly help.

“We have got to be ready to wrestle for seven minutes and win the matches that we are supposed to win,” Randall said.

Boise State already owns a victory over Oregon State this season. The Broncos defeated the Beavers up in Corvallis 19-18. Boise State would like nothing more than to sweep the season series over their bitter rivals.

“We beat them at home and it was a blast,” Felix said. “I got the pin and shut the crowd up and we won by a point.”

Despite the fact that the Broncos already own a win over the Beavers, they come into this match as the underdogs.

“I think we can beat them again,” Felix said. “We have a different mindset going into the Oregon State dual.”

This season has been a struggle to say the least.

Since the early season win over the Beavers Boise State has lost six out of their last eight duals and are currently a dismal 3-7 on the season.

In addition the Broncos have fallen out of the top 25, a place that Boise State has been accustomed to.

The struggles of the Broncos are due to the fact that they just haven’t been able to find any momentum this season and have also been plagued by a slew of injuries.

The Beavers on the other hand have won six of their last eight duals and are currently ranked 22nd in the nation, leading the PAC-12.

Even with the struggles and hardships this season the Broncos know that a win here would give them the momentum they need heading into the
PAC-12 championships next month and help turn around a season that has been full of disappointment.

“The winner of this match will probably be the front runner going into the PAC-12 tournament,” Randall said. “So it’s important that we perform well and get away with a win because this is our
last dual.”

Brandon Walton
Brandon is a senior at Boise State where he is majoring in communication. He transferred to Boise State in 2012 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon. Brandon has been writing sports for The Arbiter since Spring 2013 and just recently became the Assistant Sports Editor for The Arbiter. He is also involved with the Boise State radio station the Pulse and has several radio shows. His dream job is to work as a sports broadcaster for a big network such as ESPN as well as continuing writing sports for a major newspaper or magazine. In his spare time he watch sports, plays video games, watches movies, and own people in ping pong.