NCAA Wrestling Blog Day Three: Broncos Finish Ninth

Day No. 3 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are officially underway, which will feature consolation medal rounds this morning as well as the 10 championship matches tonight. Follow Boise State as the Broncos look to make history via live scoring and regularly updated blog postings. This morning's tournament action can been seen on ESPNU HD. Tonight's final round will air exclusively on ESPN HD.

SESSION V - 03/19/2011

11:00 a.m. - Hall and Chamberlain Ready for Consolation Action

Day three of the NCAA Championships is just moments away from kicking off. Adam Hall and Jason Chamberlain will both face big challenges in consolation semifinals action this morning as each wrestler will see a familiar opponent. In the 149 pound consolation semifinals Chamberlain will face No. 5 seed Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State. Parks gave Chamberlain his only loss of the regular season back in dual competition on Feb. 11 when Parks wrestled to a 3-1 decision in sudden victory. Hall will square off against No. 2 Steve Fittery of American in the 157 pound consolation semifinals, which is a rematch of last year's consolation semifinals. Hall beat Fittery 6-4 to earn a spot in the 2010 third-place match.

It should be an exciting day of wrestling as Boise State looks to remain in the top 10 for its best team finish in program history.

11:35 a.m. - Chamberlain to Wrestle for Third, Hall for Fifth

Jason Chamberlain will wrestle for third-place at 149 pounds later on in Session V after earning a consolation semifinals win over No. 5 Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State. Chamberlain avenged his only regular season loss of the season, which was 3-1 in overtime against Parks, with a 3-1 overtime win on Saturday. After wrestling to a 1-1 deadlock at the end of regulation, it was Chamberlain that shot and scored a takedown with 00:28 left in sudden victory to earn the win.

Chamberlain moves on to meet No. 8 Ganbayar Sanjaa of American in the third-place match.

Adam Hall suffered his second loss of the NCAA Championships in 157-pound consolation semifinal action as the tournament's No. 1 seed fell to No. 2 Steve Fittery, 5-0. Fittery avenged a 6-4 loss to Hall in the 2010 consolation semifinals thanks to a three point near fall in the third period. At that point Fittery held a narrow 1-0 lead, but as Hall scrambled to escape in the final seconds Fittery was able to score back points and put the lead out of reach.

Hall will get a shot at redemption in his final match however, as he is set for a rematch with No. 8 Jason Welch of Northwestern. Welch beat Hall, 3-1, on a late takedown in the quarterfinals to end Hall's run at a national title.

Consolation semifinals matches are still going and the consolation medal round matches will follow shortly thereafter. Boise State moves to sixth in the team standings with 55.5 points through the 184-pound matches. Penn State is still first with 98.0 points.

12:00 p.m. - Hochstrasser Match Highlighted on ESPN.com

Andrew Hochstrasser received some national spotlight today as his matchup in the 133-pound finals against Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) was mentioned in an article on the front page of espn.com. The article talks about Penn State's run at a team title, but mentions Hochstrasser's match as one of the highlights.

The consolation semifinals just concluded. The 125-pound medal round matches are scheduled to begin within the next 5 minutes. Each weight is supposed to be completed entirely before the next weight class begins.

12:57 p.m. - Chamberlain Takes Third

Jason Chamberlain completed his run back through consolation action in the 149-pound bracket, Saturday afternoon, as he beat Ganbayar Sanjaa of American by 3-0 decision to clinch a third-place finish. Chamberlain, who secured the first All-American honor of his career yesterday, scored two penalty points in the match to help put the lead out of reach. Ganbayar was penalized for grabbing head gear in the second and for stalling in the third.

Chamberlain finishes his junior season with a 29-2 overall record.

Adam Hall is warming up on the mat just about to start his 157-pound fifth-place match.

1:16 p.m. - Hall Places Fifth

Adam Hall managed to rebound from his consolation semifinals loss to clinch a fifth-place finish in the 157-pound weight class with a 5-1 decision over No. 8 seed Jason Welch of Northwestern. Hall avenged his dramatic 3-1 loss to Welch in Friday's quarterfinals. After building a 2-0 lead heading into the third, Hall scored the only takedown of the match with 1:30 left in regulation. A point for riding time advantage would put the match out of reach at 5-1.

The win caps an illustrious career at Boise State for Hall, who finishes as a two-time All-American. He ranks second all-time at Boise State for career wins with an overall record of 122-18. He falls just two wins short of tying Tyler Sherfey (124-39) for first on the list. Hall compiled a 30-2 record in 2010-11.  

Boise State currently sits in seventh in the team standings with 56.5 points. The Broncos are done wrestling until Andrew Hochstrasser showcases his talents in the 133-pound national title match tonight. The final round is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and can be seen on ESPN HD.

7:24 p.m. - Championship Round Nears

The Parade of Champions is complete which means we are just minutes away from the start of the final round at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Boise State fans were able to stand and cheer for its three All-Americans during the Parade of Champions, as Andrew Hochstrasser, Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall were all part of the ceremony.

Hochstrasser is about 30 minutes away from taking his shot at capturing a national title as he will meet No. 1 seed Jordan Oliver in the 133-pound championship match.

8:00 p.m. - Hochstrasser Falls Short in Finals

Andrew Hochstrasser saw his national championship hopes fall short, Saturday night, as he lost an 8-4 decision to No. 1 Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State in the 133-pound title match. Entering the finals, Hochstrasser's only loss of the season had come against Oliver in dual competition, 5-2, back on Feb. 11. The two also had met in an exhibition match at the All-Star Classic, in a match Oliver also won 8-7.

On Saturday Hochstrasser fell behind early after allowing two takedowns and a two point near fall in the first period. Another takedown in the second built a lead that was simply too much for Hochstrasser to overcome. He wrestled hard to the whistle but Oliver went on the defense and never allowed Hochstrasser to get a close shot.

This marks the second consecutive year Boise State has had a wrestler earn national runner-up honors. Kirk Smith did so at 184 pounds in 2010. The Broncos have now had four wrestlers earn second-place honors at the national tournament in the history of the program. Hochstrasser was just the sixth Boise State wrestler to compete in the national title match.

11:00 p.m. - Broncos Finish Ninth

Boise State earned its best team finish ever at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, as the Broncos placed ninth in the team standings with 57.5 points. Prior to this year the top finish Boise State had was 10th in 1999.

Penn State won the 2011 National Team Championship with 107.5 total points.



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