Bartelli wins, loses in clutch (Wrestling)

February 7, 2011
Alan Bartelli

He giveth and he taketh away.

Boise State University senior wrestler Alan Bartelli experienced it first hand when he pulled out a last-second victory one day and dropped a tough down-to-the-wire decision two days later.

So is life is the world of college wrestling.

Bartelli, of Wasilla High fame, is the No. 14 ranked 125-pounder in NCAA D1 and has won 14 of 21 matches this season. His career record is 67-53.

Few wins were more exciting than his 3-1 decision over Tyler Iwanura of Cal-State Bakersfield in which Bartelli scored the winning, two-point takedown with four seconds left in overtime.

Two nights later on Senior Night against Utah Valley University, Bartelli lost 3-2 to No. 13 Ben Kjar in a match that came down to the wire.

After building a 1-0 lead after two periods, Bartelli fell behind 3-1 as Kjar scored an escape and take down early in the third. The Alaska champion managed to escape with 1:10 remaining in the third but was unable to score a takedown as time expired.

Ninth-ranked Boise State completed a near perfect record against Pac-10 Conference competition this season and finished their conference schedule without a Pac-10 loss for the third consecutive season. The only blemish was an 18-18 tie against Oregon State.

Since the start of the 2007-08 season Boise State is 27-1-1.