Redshirt senior, NCAA qualifier Luke Welch named Most Outstanding Wrestler
Sixth-annual event set for April 23
Action resumes Friday with session III at 11 a.m. ET
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Boilermakers unable to win in Friday's blood round
• NCAA Championships 174-pound qualifier (2018)
• Tied for 12th on Purdue's season record list for wins (35, 2018)
2017-18 / AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Awards & Honors
• Academic All-Big Ten
• Purdue Wrestling's Hammer Down Strength & Conditioning Award
• Purdue Wrestling's Most Improved Wrestler
• Competed at Michigan State Open (11/5)
• Placed fifth at the Navy Classic (11/18)
• Placed eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/1-2)
• Placed third at Midlands Championships as the No. 7 seed (12/29-30)
• Placed fifth at Big Ten Championships as the No. 4 seed (3/3-4)
• Competed at NCAA Championships as the No. 15 seed (3/15-16)
• Competed at U23 Freestyle World Team Trials at 79 kg (6/2-3)
• Total matches (49), wins (35), Big Ten dual wins (7), tournament wins (22), ranked opponents defeated (9), ranked opponents faced (19), decisions (30), points scored in the third period (122) and overtime (19), overtime matches (8), wins in overtime (7) ... tied for dual wins (13), times scored first in a match (29)
Career Highs Set
• Wins (35), dual wins (13), Big Ten dual wins (7), non-conference dual wins (6), tournament wins (22), ranked opponent wins (9), decisions (30), major decisions (4), bonus point wins (5), matches scoring first (29), first (69), second (48) and third (122) period points, extra time points (19), riding time (28:24), takedowns (85), reversals (10), riding time points (10), total points (269), points per match (5.5), dual points (40)
• Lydy blew up his stats and made a name for himself nationally at 174 pounds after wrestling at 165 last season ... compared to last season, Lydy has more than doubled his total wins (35-16), takedown total (85-38), increased his overall point total by 128, while scoring 1.5 more points per match ... increased his third period scoring by 73 points.
• His 35 wins were the most for a Purdue wrestler since Luke Manuel won 41 matches during the 2009-10 season and they earned him a spot on the season record wins list tied for 12th.
• One of three Boilermakers to win 30+ matches this season, a first for Purdue since 2009-10 ... one of four Boilermakers to finish with more takedowns since Cashé Quiroga’s 94 in 2013-14.
• Spent 13 weeks on InterMat’s rankings, ranging from Nos. 11-15 ... his time at No. 11 (2/6) marked the highest individual ranking of the season for a Purdue wrestler and the highest ranking since Chad Welch finished the 2015-16 season at No. 8 ... he finished the season ranked 14th.
• Had a pair of wins over top-10 wrestlers: No. 9 Ethan Ramos (9-7) and No. 6 Myles Amine of Michigan (6-4) ... Lydy was unranked when he beat Ramos, was 15th when he beat Amine ... the win over Amine stands as the highest ranked opponent a Purdue wrestler upended during the season ... Ramos held a 4-2 advantage over Lydy going into the final frame ... Lydy took Ramos down three times, including a blast with just seconds remaining, for a 9-7 decision at the Journeymen/My House Northeast Duals ... a pair of first period takedowns by Lydy quickly set the tone in his 6-4 dual win over Amine, an eventual All-American ... Lydy escaped twice in the third and held Amine off as time ticked away.
• Was clutch in overtime matches, winning 7-of-8 matches that were extended ... had two wins in SV1, four in TB1 and 1 in SV2.
• Went 3-2 as the No. 15-seed at the NCAA Championships ... a takedown in the first period held for Lehigh’s No. 4 Jordan Kutler to set Lydy back 4-1 in the blood round and denied him a spot on the podium ... began his NCAA run with a 6-2 win over Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian ... eventual NCAA runner-up Mark Hall of Penn State sent Lydy into wrestlebacks, where takedowns in the first and third periods guided him to a 5-3 decision over Matt Finesilver of Duke ... he followed with his second upset of the season against North Carolina’s Ethan Ramos, knocking out the 10th-seeded Tar Heel 5-3 ... Lydy once again tallied takedowns in the bookend periods of the match for the victory.
• Qualified for his first NCAA Championships in dramatic fashion ... with just four seconds left, Lydy scored the winning takedown on No. 8 Ryan Christensen of Wisconsin to win 2-1 in the Big Ten Championships consolation quarterfinals ... placed fifth with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Joey Gunther of Iowa ... the fifth-place finish by Lydy the best at 174 since Luke Manuel was fifth in 2010.
• Avenged a dramatic loss to Sebastian of Northwestern, a pin that came at the final horn at the Michigan State Open, with some drama of his own, winning the dual matchup 2-1 (TB1) ... No. 11 Lydy and No. 19 Sebastian exchanged escapes in the second and third periods ... Sebastian took bottom first and Lydy rode for the full 30 seconds ... Lydy then had his turn on bottom and immediately escaped for the 2-1 advantage and ultimately the win.
• Wrestled above his No. 7-seed to place third at the Midlands Championships, matching Luke Manuel (2009) for the highest finish at the weight for the Boilermakers ... went 5-1 with his second win in three December meetings over C.J. Brucki of Central Michigan ... had his first of two wins this season over Indiana’s Devin Skatzka, taking a 4-2 match in sudden victory.
• Unseeded, Lydy placed eighth in a Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational bracket that contained a tournament-high 14 nationally ranked wrestlers, including seven of the top 10 ... became the first Boilermaker 174-pounder to place since Luke Manuel was eighth in 2010 ... pinned No. 18 Will Schany of Virginia in 9:00 in his first match ... the pin was the first of his career ... also upended Brucki 7-5 in the blood round.
• Put up three major decisions and a pair of decisions to place fifth at the Navy Classic ... outscored his six opponents 55-22 ... started with back-to-back major decisions.
2016-17 / AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
• Placed fifth at Eastern Michigan Open (11/5)
• Placed fourth at Roadrunner Open (11/20)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/2)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Competed at Big Ten Championships (3/4)
• Competed at UWW Junior Men’s Freestyle Junior National Championships at 74 kg (5/28)
• Competed in freestyle at University Nationals at 80 kg (6/4)
• One of three Boilermakers to start all 16 duals, doing so at 165 pounds.
• Posted three-match winning streaks at three different points throughout the season.
• Was 10-4 in matches decided by three-or-fewer points.
• Won three straight Big Ten dual matches from Jan. 20-27 ... the streak started with a 3-2 decision of Josh Ugalde of Maryland for his first Big Ten dual win ... Lydy scored with a takedown in the first period and added an escape in the third ... both of Ugalde’s points came on escapes.
• Made it 2-for-2 on Purdue’s East Coast swing with a 6-4 outing against Rutgers’ Willie Scott ... scored takedowns in the first and second periods and added a reversal midway through the final period.
• Dustin Williams of Nebraska and Lydy were knotted at 1-1 at the end of regulation with both wrestlers scoring with an escape ... the winning takedown came with just seven seconds remaining in sudden victory to take the match 3-1.
• Went 4-2 at the Roadrunner Open with four decisions ... started season with 4-1 outing at Eastern Michigan Open, picking up first career major decision.
2015-16 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Placed eighth at UWW Junior National Freestyle National Championships at 74 kg (5/1)
• Competed at UWW Junior Men's Freestyle Junior World Team Trials at 74 kg (5/22)
• Competed in freestyle at University Nationals at 74 kg (6/4)
• 2015 ASICS/Vaughn Junior Freestyle All-American with fourth-place finish at 170 pounds
• Went 8-0 wrestling for Team Indiana at the 2015 Junior National Freestyle Duals (6 TF, 1 D, 1 FOR)
• Placed fourth at 2014 FILA Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals at 76 kg
• 2014 FloNationals All-American with fourth-place showing at 160 pounds
• 2013 ASICS/Vaughn Cadet Freestyle All-American with fourth-place finish at 170 pounds
• Capped off high school career by claiming 2015 Indiana High School Athletic Association 170-pound title and a 46-0 record
• 2014 IHSAA semi-state 170-pound qualifier
• High school record of 125-20
• Two-time Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State selection (2014, 2015)
• Full Name: Dylan A. Lydy
• Major: Kinesiology
• Birthday: August 7, 1997
• Parents: Daniel and Jami Lydy
• Siblings: Older brother, Jesse, younger brother, Chris