Wrestling Hosts Indiana
Purdue is 4-2 against ranked opponents.
Feb. 12, 1998
DUAL MEET RECORD: Purdue is currently 14-2 overall, 4-1 Big Ten and 6-2 against ranked opponents. The four Big Ten wins are the most by a Purdue team since the 1992-93 team went 4-5.
NATIONAL RANKINGS (NWCA): As a team, the Boilers are ranked 11th in the nation. The highest ranking ever y a Purdue team is eighth by the 1990-91 Boilermakers. Tim Dernlan and Josh Hutchens are currently ranked eighth at 118 and 126 pounds, respectively. Willie Wineberg is seventh at 142.
UPCOMING ACTION: The Boilermakers host Indiana at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Renssalear, Ind. Indiana holds a 54-25-3 series advantage.
BOILERS WIN CLOSE ONE OVER MICHIGAN: On Feb. 7, Purdue won six matches en route to an 18-16 win over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich. Senior Tim Dernlan started the Boilers off with a 5-2 victory over Chris Viola at 118 pounds. After big losses at 126 and 134, the Boilers responded with three big wins. Junior Willie Wineberg defended his No. 6 ranking with a 7-4 decision over Corey Grant at 142.
The biggest match-up came at 150 pounds, with No. 11 Mickey Griffin of Purdue facing No. 3 Bill Lacure. Griffin, who lost to Lacure at the NCAA Championships last season, came back with a strong 3-2 win to give the Boilers an enormous boost.
Seniors Eric Douglas (158 pounds) and Davion Peterson (177 pounds) each had victories sandwiched around a loss at 167. With Purdue leading 15-13, sophomore Mark Colegrove defeated Ryan Balcom 3-1 at 190 pounds to give the Boilers an 18-13 advantage.
PURDUE POUNDS MICHIGAN STATE: The Boilers followed the win with a 21-12 victory over the Spartans on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.
The meet started off slowly for Purdue as Michigan State picked up victories at 118 and 126. Freshman Eric Kerkhof bounced back from a tough loss the night before to defeat Mike Castillo 8-5 at 134 pounds to help pick up the Boilers. Wineberg once again dominated at 142 pounds, defeating Nicholas Curry by technical fall 25-9.
Griffin picked up a 12-1 major decision over David Hughes at 150 and Eric Douglas defeated Greg DeGrand 8-3 at 158. James Crnich (167 pounds) and Pierce (Hwt.) had come-from-behind victories to seal the win for the Boilers.