Jan. 29, 2014
Bronco Weekly (Video)
THIS WEEK'S BREAKDOWN:The Boise State wrestling team has a pair of duals with schools from the Western Wrestling Conference on tap this week - one at home, and one on the road.
First up is a home dual at Taco Bell Arena against Northern Colorado, Friday (Jan. 31). The Broncos (2-6, 2-3 Pac-12) and Bears (5-7) are slated to hit the mat at 7 p.m.
Boise State will turn around and head to Orem, Utah, the following day, squaring off against Utah Valley (3-6) at the PE Building, Saturday (Feb. 1). The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
TICKETS:General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+), but at Friday's dual, fans can get in free with their ticket from the Broncos' men's basketball game against Air Force (Jan. 29). Additionally, Boise State alumni get in for $3 with their alumni cards.
As always, students gain free entrance with a valid Boise State Student Identification Card.
Tickets can be purchased at Taco Bell Arena the day of the match.
WATCH LIVE:Each of this week's duals will be streamed live online for free. For Northern Colorado, the stream is available at BroncoSports.com/videos, and for Utah Valley, the stream can be found at UVU.edu/uvutv.
NORTHERN COLORADO:The Bears, 5-7 in dual competition this season, have won their last two outings - each of which coming over a Pac-12 opponent. UNC defeated Arizona State 24-15 (Jan. 18), and Cal Poly 19-17 (Jan. 26).
UTAH VALLEY:The Wolverines, 3-6 in 2013-14, fell at Arizona State 18-16 (Jan. 18), and will be wrestling for the first time in two weeks. UVU boasts a ranked wrestler at heavyweight, as junior Adam Fager is No. 13 according to InterMat.
PROJECTED LINE-UP:The following is Boise State's line-up for this week's duals:
125 ... Rami Haddadin
133 ... Ben DeMeulle
141 ... Brian Owen
149 ... Chris Castillo
157 ... Taylor West
165 ... Holden Packard
174 ... Austin Dewey
184 ... Jake Swartz
197 ... Cody Dixon
285 ... J.T. Felix
IN THE RANKINGS:Boise State currently ranks 30th in the InterMat College Rankings (Jan. 28), and No. 33 in WIN's Tournament Power Index (Jan. 27).
Individually, at 184 pounds, Jake Swartz ranks seventh-nationally according to InterMat, No. 8 according to WIN Magazine and No. 6 according to Amateur Wrestling News; and at heavyweight, J.T. Felix ranks ninth-nationally according to both InterMat and WIN, and No. 10 according to AWN.