Nov. 9, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Boise State redshirt senior wrestler Steven Hernandez finished in third place in the Elite Division at 157 pounds, leading the Broncos at the Cowboy Open, Saturday.
After receiving a first-round bye, Hernandez defeated Wyoming's Robert Stroh via a 5-2 decision before falling to the Cowboys' Archie Colgan in the semifinals (4-1). A third-straight meeting with a member of the Wyoming squad awaited in the consolation side of the bracket, and Hernandez earned a trip to the third-place match with a 9-8 decision over Kyle Pope.
In his final match of the evening, Hernandez squared off against teammate Taylor West, a redshirt junior. Hernandez needed a pair of overtime periods to get by his fellow Bronco, but ultimately earned a 4-2 victory (SV-2).
West lost his opening match of the tournament to Wyoming's Tanner Miller (3-2), but then earned a pair of decisions before pinning Miller in the consolation (3:36) to earn a trip to the third-place match against Hernandez.
In the Amateur Division, freshman Brandon Brenenstahl finished in fourth place at 157 pounds in his debut for Boise State. He lost his opening match via a 12-11 decision, but recorded five-consecutive pins in the consolation to advance to the third-place match. He ultimately fell 8-1 to Ryan Slaugh of Western Wyoming.
Also making his debut for the Broncos was freshman Harley DiLulo, from Meridian. DiLulo won his opening match (7-2) in the Amateur Division at 197 pounds before falling 9-4 to Justin Harbinson (unattached) in the quarterfinals. He won four-straight matches in the consolation, including a 3-1 decision in the third-place match over Harbinson.
For a complete look at both the Elite and Amateur Brackets, CLICK HERE.
Next up for Boise State is a tri-dual at home featuring 12th-ranked Iowa State and Utah Valley. The Cyclones and Wolverines will kick things off at 3 p.m. in Bronco Gym, followed by Boise State-Utah Valley at 4:30 p.m. and Boise State-Iowa State at 6 p.m.