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For the week of March 26 - April 1, 2003


Rushton finishes as an All-American

Third place in NCAA wrestling

Bellevue’s Boe Rushton finished his collegiate wrestling career in grand style Saturday at Kansas City, Mo.

Ranked fifth in the country entering the big meet, senior Rushton won six of his seven matches in the heavyweight class of the NCAA Wrestling Championships to place third and earn All-American status.

Posting the best finish of all nine Boise State University wrestlers in the national meet, Rushton led the Broncos into 12th place in the NCAA finals.

His only loss at nationals was to Kellan Fluckiger of Arizona State, the same wrestler who defeated Rushton for the Pac-10 Conference heavyweight title March 3 in Boise.

Rushton, a brawny 6-2, 280-pounder, opened the tourney with a 7-1 decision over Kevin Herron of Missouri.

He pinned #12-seeded Brent Miller of West Virginia then lost in the quarterfinals to #4-seeded Fluckiger at 2:47.

Rushton’s tough fight through the consolation bracket started with a 2:43 pin of Greg Wagner of Michigan. He took a 12-4 major decision over #9-seeded John Testa of Clarion, then earned a medical forfeit over #3 Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State University.

The results put #5 Rushton up against #7 Pat Cummins of Penn State in a back-and-forth match for third place.

Rushton came away with a 10-8 overtime win but it wasn’t easy. Cummins sent the match to the extra period with an escape with just 26 seconds left in the third period. But Rushton persevered and gained the winning takedown 26 seconds into the overtime stanza.

The 23-year-old from Bellevue finished his four-year BSU wrestling career with a 59-25 record. This season Rushton was 28-6 on the mat.

Rushton, a son of Boyd and Barbara Rushton, was a three-time district champion wrestler for Hailey’s Wood River High School from 1996-98.


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