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Ivanov named outstanding Pac-12 wrestler

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 1:00 am

George Ivanov won the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as the Boise State wrestling team took second at the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday.

The Broncos finished with 136.5 points while first-place Oregon State tallied 158.

Ivanov was one of three Boise State champions, joining Jason Chamberlain and Jake Swartz at the top of the podium.

Ivanov, the 18th ranked wrestler at 157 pounds, faced No. 9 RJ Pena of Oregon State in the finals. Ivanov pulled out a 3-2 decision after trailing 2-1 heading into the final period.

Chamberlain (149 pounds) won the third conference championship of his career by defeating No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi in the finals, 3-1 in overtime. Chamberlain is the 10th wrestler in school history to win three conference titles for the Broncos.

Swartz defended his conference crown at 184 pounds with three wins at the tournament this season. The redshirt junior faced Arizona State’s Kevin Radford and won by a 3-1 decision.

Brian Owen (133) and J.T. Felix (285) each made appearances in the finals of their weight classes but each lost by decision.

All five Broncos are locked in for the NCAA Tournament on March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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