LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The No. 2 ranked (intermatwrestle.com) Boise State wrestling team captured three individual titles en route to a third-place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational held Friday-Saturday (Dec. 3-4) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Broncos finished with 100 points as a team, thanks in large part to Andrew Hochstrasser, Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall who all won individual championships. Boise State trailed only Cornell (140 points) and Wisconsin (101.5) in the final team standings, while edging out fourth-place Oklahoma (99) by just one point.
Hochstrasser captured the 133-pound title on Saturday after a dominating performance in the opening rounds of the tournament. In his five wins Hochstrasser won a match by technical fall, on by fall and one by major decision. His pin came at the 00:08 mark against Landon Saldana (California Baptist) in the third round. No. 2 ranked Hochstrasser continued his impressive showing in the finals, beating No. 3 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) by 7-3 decision.
Chamberlain would earn the next individual title for Boise State after wrestling to a perfect 5-0 record in the 149-pound tournament. Chamberlain, who entered the weekend ranked third nationally by InterMat, secured the first-place finish with a win by 4-2 decision against No. 7 Corey Jantzen (Harvard) in the final round.
Hall captured the third and final individual title for the Broncos shortly thereafter at 157 pounds, as he avenged his only loss of the season to Bubba Jenkins of Arizona State. Hall rolled into the championship match with four straight wins to earn a showdown with Jenkins, who knocked off Hall by 12-4 major decision in an exhibition match at the NWCA All-Star Classic last month. Saturday's title match would give No. 3 ranked Hall an opportunity to even the score however, as he took down No. 2 Jenkins in the sudden death period of overtime to earn the victory by 2-1 decision.
Boise State will close out its 2010 schedule in two weeks when they travel to Reno, Nev. for the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 19. The Broncos are then off the mat until Jan. 8-9 when they head to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the National Duals.