Friday night marked the 12th annual Beauty and the Beast event where one team had a great night while the other struggled.
The event saw the gymnastics team continue their early success with wins over ranked opponents no. 14 Denver and no. 23 BYU which improved the Broncos to 4-1 on the season.
Boise State had great performances overall and were led by junior Kelsey Morris who took the all around title with wins in the uneven bars and the floor exercise.
The Broncos came into the event ranked just outside the top 10 at no. 11 and are looking to have the best season in school history.
“Our main goal this year is to make it to nationals and be the first Boise State team to make it there,” Morris said. “We want to stay confident and proud, to make people turn their heads, and just really make people think twice when they hear our name and think of us as a threat.”
The team returned nine girls from last season’s top 25 squad and welcomed six talented freshmen. This year’s team put a lot of work in before the season even began.
“What’s really special about them is that they trained as a group this summer and they really pushed each other in the off season, co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “They had a tremendous effort to get better and I can see what they did this summer tonight.”
On the other side of the mat, literally, the wrestling team struggled in front of the home crowd and fell to no. 22 North Dakota State 26-15.
This was their worst loss of the season as the Broncos only managed to win four duals. They were led by senior heavyweight J.T. Felix who capped off the night with an exciting pin in an otherwise disappointing night.
“That’s the problem with this team right now, is everybody doesn’t know what they are capable of and are afraid of going out and making a mistake,” Felix said. “They’re afraid of losing instead of wanting to win and until we realize that we are not going to make any strides.”
Boise State has really struggled this season and has failed to find any rhythm and consistency in the early going. The Broncos have been unable to put a winning streak together and have still yet to win at home.
“We got a lot of work to do if we are going to come back and make anything of the season,” head coach Greg Randall said.
With this loss, the Broncos fall to 2-4 on the season and will likely fall out of the top 25 rankings for the first time in many years.
“I want to see our guys being able to fight harder in practice, fight longer in practice, see them try to dominate somebody, and believe they are going to win,” Randall said.
Both teams return to action on Friday, Jan. 24 with the gymnastics team looking to continue their hot start hosting Southern Utah at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena, while the wrestling team looks to turn around their season by going on the road to face their conference foe Arizona State.
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