BSU Gymnastics win, Wrestling loses in Beauty and the Beast
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State gymnastics team earned a 196.550-193.350 win over Seattle Pacific, Saturday night (March 8), claiming all four event titles as well as the all-around. The evening served as senior night as well as the second Beauty and the Beast competition of the season, where the gymnasts competed alongside the Boise State and Oregon State wrestling dual match in Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos earned a season-best team score of 49.375 on vault, as well as scores of 49.150 on uneven bars and floor exercise, and 48.875 on balance beam en route to the 11th-best team total in school history.
Junior Kelsey Morris and senior Kelsey Black led the Broncos to the fourth-best vault team total in program history with 9.90 scores, tying for the event title. Junior Ciera Perkins placed third on the event with a 9.875, while Amanda Otuafi joined Maddie Krentz, who tied her career-best, to place fourth with 9.850 scores.
Sophomore Krystine Jacobsen swept both the bars and beam titles, earning scores of 9.875 and 9.850, respectively. Black, Morris and Perkins each scored 9.825 to sweep the top-four spots on bars, while Diana Mejia, Paige Urquhart and Marissa Wossner earned scores of 9.775 to tie for second on beam. Morris went on to capture the all-around title with a total of 39.175, adding scores of 9.70 on beam and 9.750 on floor.
Perkins earned her eighth career floor title with a career-best 9.925 score, followed by seniors Amanda Otuafi and Kelsey Black who had wonderful senior night performances to each earn scores of 9.850. Perkins' win moves her to second on the all-time season floor wins list (7), while also moving her to sole possession of the No. 7 spot in career floor wins.
Seniors Kelsey Black, Alessandra Cinfio and Amanda Otuafi were recognized following the meet for their contribution to the Boise State gymnastics program.
Boise State will continue action Saturday, March 15 on the road against Denver and Iowa State in its final regular season home meet. The meet is set for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) start at DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.
The Boise State wrestling team closed its regular-season schedule for the 2013-14 season Saturday, falling in the Border War to Oregon State in front of 1,263 fans at Taco Bell Arena, 34-6.
The dual was initially scheduled for Feb. 7, but was cancelled due to travel restrictions for the Beavers caused by weather. The Broncos rested many of their starters for the dual, and moved a couple wrestlers up a weight class.
Included was Cody Dixon, the Broncos' primary starter at 197 pounds. Dixon wrestled at heavyweight, defeating Mick Dougharity via decision, 6-5.
Also victorious for Boise State was Travis Himmelman, who earned a 6-4 decision over Jared Reis at 149 pounds.
With the victory, the Beavers regained possession of the Border Axe for just the second time since its inception in 2009.
Boise State honored seniors Ben DeMeulle, J.T. Felix, Brian Owen and Jake Swartz prior to the dual.
Swartz and Felix have already punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 20-22. The Broncos will find out later this week if anyone else will receive an at-large bid to the national tournament.
125: Pat Rollins (OSU) dec. Rami Haddadin (BSU), 2-0
133: Joey Palmer (OSU) major dec. Ben DeMeulle (BSU), 18-5
141: Drew VanAnrooy (OSU) major dec. Chris Caldwell (BSU), 16-4
149: Travis Himmelman (BSU) dec. Jared Reis (OSU), 6-4
157: Jordan Henrickson (OSU) tech. fall Taylor West (BSU), 20-4 (6:49)
165: Alex Elder (OSU) fall Holden Packard (BSU), 3:21
174: Toney Chay (OSU) fall Wilhelm Meyer (BSU), 2:35
184: Zac Cardwell (OSU) dec. Austin Dewey (BSU), 3-1
197: Brian Engdahl (OSU) dec. Xavier Callejas (BSU), 4-0
285: Cody Dixon (BSU) dec. Mick Dougharity (OSU), 6-5