Wrestling Takes on CSU Bakersfield for Beauty and the Beast

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State will take on a pair of Pac-12 opponents as CSU Bakersfield and Stanford come to Boise this weekend. The Broncos will first face the Roadrunners, Friday at 7 p.m. as part of the Beauty and the Beast meet before facing-off against Stanford, Sunday at noon.

PROMOTIONS: Boise State invites fans off all ages, Friday, for Dad and Daughter Date Night which includes one adult ticket, one youth ticket and two hot dogs for $10.

To get ready for Super Bowl Sunday, fans who wear any NFL gear to the dual against Stanford will receive $2 entry.

FOLLOW THE BRONCOS: Follow the official Twitter account of Boise State wresting @broncosportswre for live in-match updates.

LIVE WEBCAST: Fans will be able to watch the match live via Bronco Vision HERE with subscription.

IN THE RANKINGS: The Broncos feature five wrestlers ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Division I College Rankings. Those five are No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (149), No. 10 Jake Swartz (184) No. 13 J.T. Felix (285), No. 15 Brian Owen (133) and No. 18 George Ivanov.

IN THE LINEUP: Boise State will be represented by Rami Haddadin (125), Brian Owen (133), Travis Himmelman or Josh Strait (141), Jason Chamberlain (149), George Ivanov (157), Holden Packard (165), Scott Bacon (174), Jake Swartz (184), Cody Dixon (197) and J.T. Felix (285).

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Boise State was the first school in the nation to host a Beauty and the Beast competition where gymnastics and wrestling compete side-by-side. The tradition began in 2003 and has grown into a national favorite as many other schools have added the same type of meet.

The Broncos began their Beauty and the Beast tradition on Feb. 14, 2003, a fitting event for Valentine's Day. Boise State wrestling came away with a 35-9 win over Portland State, while the gymnastics team picked up a 196.375-195.9 win over BYU in front of a crowd of 2,350 fans.

Beauty and the Beast is now in its 11th season at Boise State, missing only the 2008 season. In 2009 a Beauty and the Beast meet was held, but the gymnastics team competed in an intrasquad competition rather than against an opponent.

Bronco wrestling holds a 10-1 record in Beauty and the Beast competitions, while the gymnastics program holds a 9-1 record all-time.

The Bronco wrestlers' only loss came to Oregon in 2006 (17-16), while the gymnasts' only loss came to Washington in 2005 (195.00-194.20).

SCOUTING CSU BAKERSFIELD: The Roadrunners are 7-3 this season with a 1-1 record in conference duals, garnering a win against Cal Poly, 22-10 and a loss early in the season against Arizona State, 29-10. CSUB's leader in wins is Bryce Hammond, a redshirt freshman from Bakersfield, Calif., who has tallied a 26-8 record thus far.

SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal is 5-12 this season with a 1-2 Pac-12 mark, defeating Cal Poly but losing to Arizona State and Oregon State. Evan Silver (125) leads the team with a 21-10 record as two-time All-American Ryan Mango is redshirting this season.

LEADING THE WAY: Redshirt junior Jake Swartz leads the team in wins this season with a 23-3 record. The Auburn, Wash., native also has the most dual-match wins (10), dual-match points (37) and major decisions (eight).

STREAKING: Both Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz enter the weekend with substantial win streaks intact. Chamberlain has won 17-straight bouts with his last loss on Nov. 14 against Scott Sakaguchi. Swartz has won 12 in-a-row with his last defeat on Dec. 1 against Ryan Loder.

SCORING MARGINS: Not only do Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz have the top two winning percentages on the team, they have been winning in impressive fashion. Over the course of the season, each has outscored their opponents by a 139 and 136 points, respectively. Chamberlain has a 213-74 discrepancy in 20 bouts while Swartz' score line is 201-65 through 26 bouts.

CLOSE CALLS: Senior George Ivanov has had seven of his 22 bouts decided by two points or less. In those seven contests, Ivanov holds a 5-2 record.

QUICK TO THE MAT: Chris Castillo has shown his ability to tally bonus points this season by recording a team-high six falls. Of those, four of have come in the first period with two coming in the first minute of the bout. 

VIRGINIA DUALS: Boise State had only one blemish on their record at the Virginia Duals, going 4-1 and finishing fifth. However, Jason Chamberlain, George Ivanov, Jake Swartz and J.T. Felix each finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

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