Rogers High School senior Brandon Brenenstahl knew he would attend Boise State University next fall before the wrestling season began.
Brenenstahl initially believed his wrestling career was in the books after he won the Class 4A state title in the 152-pound division during Mat Classic XXVI in February.
A trip to Boise in early March changed everything.
During his excursion, Brenenstahl ran into Boise State assistant wrestling coach Kirk White, who has been a friend of Brenenstahl’s family for several years.
“I thought the state tournament was going to be my last match,” Brenenstahl said. “I really did. When I ran into Kirk at (freshman) orientation, he asked me if I wanted to walk on to the wrestling team.
“I have always loved everything about Boise State,” he said. “They have a great school and great facilities. I’m excited about wrestling in college. It is going to be really tough, but it’s also going to be really fun.”
Brenenestahl was a regular at Boise State wrestling camps and tournaments throughout his childhood. He said he plans to wrestle in the 157-pound class for the Broncos.
“I’m going to follow a workout plan to try to get a little bit bigger and stronger for college,” he said.
Rogers wrestling head coach David Johnston said he’s thrilled to see one of the top wrestlers have a chance to continue his career.
“Any time you have the opportunity to coach a (NCAA Division I) wrestler, it’s special,” Johnston said. “I wish him the best of luck. There is a big step going from high school to a college D-I program, especially in the practice room. I’m sure Brandon is pretty excited about the rigors of practice he will be facing in college.”
Johnston referred to Brenenstahl as the face of the Rogers program in February. The coach said Brenenstahl had been part of the program since he visited the team’s annual summer camp during his elementary school days.
“Brandon has grown up in the Rogers wrestling program,” Johnston said. “He was one of those kids who was coming to watch our high school practices and matches when he was really young. Brandon represented our team and our school very well. I am pleased he was able to reach all of his goals.”