Broncos ready for the Pac 12 Championships

Broncos ready for the Pac 12 Championships

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It is not how you start a season but how you finish one.

These are words the Boise State wrestling team will try to live by as they gear up for the Pac 12 Championships next week.

“We are going to win it,” head coach Greg Randall said. “There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to fight hard and believe our 10 guys are going to get it done.”

The Broncos will look to continue their recent string of success in these championships as they have finished second in three of the last four seasons to
Oregon State.

The Broncos, however, may be the only ones who believe they can win a Pac-12 Championship.

It has been somewhat of a disappointing season for the Boise State wrestling team this year. After starting the season nationally ranked, the Broncos had high hopes for this season.

What has followed has been nothing but disappointing. The Broncos have gone a dismal 3-7 on the season and have fallen out of the national rankings.

“We had a good team at the beginning of the year but just kind of fell apart a little on us. But we are back together now,” Randall said. “There is no second place here.”

Boise State has struggled to find any momentum this season and has failed to find any consistency. In addition, the Broncos have been hampered by a plethora of injuries and haven’t had their full starting lineup healthy all season.

But the Broncos have had about three weeks off to get healthy, regroup and feel good for the first time this season.

“It’s been great for our guys to get healthy,” Randall said. “We have been getting all our guys on the same page.”

For the first time in a while, Boise State is feeling confident about themselves.

“We are feeling good as a unit,” senior JT Felix said. “We have a good environment in the wrestling room right now.”

Boise State faces a tough field including Stanford, Arizona State, and Oregon State.

The Broncos know that nothing short of their absolute best will be their key to success.

“I want to see some aggressive fighting for seven minutes,” Randall said. “I want to see my guys be able to win that third period and win at the end.”

That’s not the only thing the Broncos need to do.

“The most crucial thing we have to do is be mentally ready,” Felix said. “These guys are capable of doing it and they just need to know it.”

The Broncos would like nothing more than to finish their season the right way by bringing a championship to Boise.

“It just would be awesome being able to lead the team with (Felix) to win the Pac 12 championship,” said Jake Swartz, redshirt senior. “It would be a good way to cap off the
season.”

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 watches sports, movies, plays video games, and owns people in ping pong.