Perhaps the most common question Boise State gymnastics coach Neil Resnick gets is, "When is the next Beauty and the Beast?"
The annual simultaneous meeting of gymnasts and wrestlers at Taco Bell Arena has proven to be popular since it began in 2003.
"I think we're committed now to doing more than one a year - it's so popular, and our kids love it, so we figured why not do more?" Resnick said.
Sunday's side-by-side competition will be the second of 2013 when the gymnasts face Southeast Missouri and the wrestlers take on Cal Poly. The squads competed together Feb. 1 against BYU and Cal State Bakersfield, respectively.
Each team has lost only once in the event.
"I've found we tend to score better, and both teams really feed off the energy of having a bigger crowd," Resnick said.
Both Boise State teams are carrying some confidence into Sunday's competition - the wrestlers have won six straight duals and are ranked No. 23. Five Broncos are individually ranked, including seniors at 133, 149 and 157 pounds.
"The guys are gaining confidence they can go hard for seven hard minutes," coach Greg Randall said. "They see some of our veteran guys putting in extra time and they follow suit."
Resnick's gymnasts are 3-0 this season and are ranked No. 16, moving up five spots after posting the 14th-best team score in school history at the last Beauty and the Beast meet, a 196.325.
"If you want to make the NCAAs, 196 is the score you've got to be able to get," Resnick said. "I feel we're on the pace we want to be. We're getting good scores in all four events."
The two coaches hope their teams' recent performances continue, aided by the added energy of the Beauty and the Beast event for a second straight weekend.
"I'm like my guys - a bigger crowd gets you going a little more," Randall said. "Now it's our job to give them something to cheer about."
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