Feb. 10, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Boise State continued its dominant run over the last two weeks as the Broncos downed Stanford, 38-3, to conclude their home schedule over the weekend.

The Broncos have not lost more than one individual bout in their last four matches, which included a 41-0 shutout of Cal Poly Jan. 24.   Boise State has outscored opponents 239-45 at home this season.

The defending Pac-10 champion is 6-0 against Pac-10 competition this year, and will end its dual schedule at league foe Oregon State on Feb. 15.

HAWKS FLY: Junior 184-pounder David Craig’s major decision against Bucknell’s David Thompson sparked No. 7 Lehigh to a 28-12 victory as the Mountain Hawks improved to 20-1 on the year, including a 6-0 mark against EIWA foes.

Craig, ranked ninth in his weight class, topped Thompson – an opponent he lost to 7-5 earlier in the season – to break a 12-12 tie between the two squads.

With 20 dual wins this year, the Mountain Hawks became only the third team in school history to reach that victory milestone in a season (2004, 2005).

READER REWARDED: Iowa State’s Jon Reader garnered his first-ever Big 12 Wrestler of the Week award after knocking off Northern Iowa’s Moza Fay in a battle between nationally-ranked foes in the 165-pound weight class.

The seventh-ranked sophomore from Davison, Mich., edged the fourth-ranked Fay, 4-2, to improve to 21-4 on the year. No. 2 Iowa State earned a convincing 26-9 win over No. 21 UNI for the team victory.

HOKIES ON A HIGH:  Virginia Tech took down defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Maryland, 22-15, on Feb. 8 in front of a school-record crowd of 1,763.  The Hokies are now 3-0 against ACC foes, and improved to 18-1 on the year.

With the match deadlocked at 11-11 after the 165-pound bout, the No. 13 Hokies won three of the final four matches to secure the victory.  Freshman Anthony Trongone (174) and sophomore Tommy Spellman (184) earned major decisions against their Terrapin opponents to spark the rally.

The Hokies are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the conference, and look to perfectly complete their league slate when they host NC State and Duke on Feb. 15.

KNIGHT OF HONOR:  Rutgers’ D.J. Russo was named Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Wrestler of the Week after lifting the Scarlet Knights to a 19-17 upset of then-No. 21 American last week.

With the Knights trailing by four points entering the final match, the sophomore heavyweight pinned American’s Quinton Pruett in 3:06 for six points and the team victory.  Russo, a native of Netcong, N.J., collected his ninth pin of the season as Rutgers improved its school-record victory total to 19-5. 

“D.J. has been doing great things for us all year and he came through again,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It doesn’t get any better than that when a heavyweight earns a pin to win the match.”

Rutgers, which is 7-1 in the EIWA, handed American its first conference loss of the season.

NOTABLE:  No. 9 Illinois ran its dual meet winning streak to three with a defeat of No. 17 Wisconsin on Feb. 8 as head coach Mark Johnson collected his 200th victory at the helm of the program … Navy sent seven wrestlers to the championship finals and took home three titles to win the 15th Annual USAA All-Academy Championship at VMI on Feb. 8.  The Midshipmen had nine of 10 wrestlers place in the competition, led by champions Joe Baker (133), Luke Rebertus (174) and Casey Caldwell (184).