Jan. 8, 2000
The 24th-ranked Purdue wrestling team split its two matches on Saturday in California, as they defeated Cal-Poly 22-16 in the afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif., before falling in a heartbreaker to 14th-ranked Cal-State Bakersfield,18-16 in the evening in Bakersfield, Calif. With the split, the Boilers are 3-3 on the season.
Trailing 12-0 midway through Saturday's match, Purdue's redshirt freshman Kirk Moore pinned Cal Poly's Nate Knutson at 165-pounds in just 23 seconds to put the Boilermakers on the board and start a comeback that would help lift Purdue to a win at Cal Poly's Mott Gym. Cal Poly led the Boilermakers 12-0 early as Alberto Garza upset Purdue's 18th-ranked junior Evan Robinson in the first bout at 133. Garza was trailing 1-0 late in the third period but pulled out a two-point reversal with under a minute to go to win 2-1. The defeat for Robinson was just his second in 14 matches this season.
At 184-pounds, Purdue sophomore Jared Williams picked up his sixth win on the season with a 8-6 decision over Tyler Lunn. Senior Mark Colegrove scored a major decision for the Old Gold and Black at 197-pounds, as the St. Peter's, Mo., native defeated Gregg Herrington, 13-5. Sophomore Jake Vercelli, ranked 12th in the nation at heavyweight, pinned Eric Rodriguez in 1:38 to put Purdue on top for the first time of the night 18-16. Vercelli is now 10-1 on the year with a team-high three wins via a fall.
In the final bout, Cal Poly's Jaime Garza gave 6th-ranked sophomore Jason Silverstein of Purdue all he could handle before falling 4-2 in overtime. With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 2-2 on the season.
"We wrestled really well and fought our tails off today," Purdue coach Jessie Reyes said. "Cal-Poly is a good team with a lot of talent. We were very fortunate to escape with a win."
In the nightcap in one of the most exciting finishes in recent Boilermaker wrestling history, Purdue was not as fortunate as they fell to coach Reyes' alma mater by two points before 709 frenzied fans in the Icardo Center. In the relatively young all-time series between the two schools, Bakersfield now leads the all-time series 3-1 over the Boilermakers having won the last three in a row after falling in the first match of the 1988 season. With the win, the Roadrunners improved to 5–0 on the season. The win extends CSUB’s unbeaten streak to 11 dating back to last season.
The reason the fans were so excited was the final match of the night when Ruben DeLeon walked onto the mat for the first time in a Roadrunner singlet needing a win over Silverstein to earn a team victory at 125. To the delight of the CSUB fans, DeLeon controlled all the action of the match in the 9–4 victory.
Silverstein took DeLeon down for the first points of the night, but was only able to ride for 12 seconds before DeLeon escaped. DeLeon returned the takedown with a double leg and rode Silverstein for the remainder of the period. Silverstein appeared frazzled at that point and resulted in his second stall warning costing him a point as well as a technical violation for fleeing the mat, again costing him a point.
The third period started in the neutral position with DeLeon leading 6–4. DeLeon then took down Silverstein and rode him out to finish the match, adding a point of riding time to secure the win for DeLeon and the Roadrunners.
Purdue kept the match close despite winning just four of the ten individual matches by earning bonus points. A pin by Robinson at 133 over Joe Garcia and a major decision by Purdue’s John Fitch at 174 were the only bonus points scored in the dual with all six of CSUB’s wins coming by decision.
All four of the Roadrunners’ healthy ranked wrestlers won, but had to work against the scrappy Purdue wrestlers. Jonathon Archuleta ranked 12th at 141, used a reversal in the second period to hold on for a 3–1 decision over sophomore Luis Blanco, while 12th–ranked Nathan Vasquez built an early lead and avoided back points at the end of the match to hold on for a 9–6 win over redshirt freshman Oscar Santiago at 157.
Ian Nelms, ranked 14th at 165, wrestled Purdue's Moore, a former Foothill High School star, to a 5–3 decision. Nelms reversed Moore in the second period and rode Moore out for the third period to secure the win. Fifth–ranked Lionel Halsey at 184 racked up over three minutes of riding time in a 6–0 win over Williams.
Purdue returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 13, when the Boilermakers face the University of Pennsylvania in the Boilers first home dual match of the new millennium. The meet will start at 7 p.m. in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.
PURDUE VS. CAL-POLY
133 Alberto Garza (CP) dec. Evan Robinson (PU), 2-1
141 Aaron Gharst (CP) dec. Luis Blanco (PU), 6-2
149 Jesse Reta (CP) dec. Jimmy Hawthorne (PU), 6-1
157 Josh Blagg (CP) dec. Oscar Santiago (PU), 6-2
165 Kirk Moore PU) def. Nate Knutson (CP), fall 0:23
174 Steve Strange (CP) maj. Dec. John Fitch (PU), 14-4
184 Jaren Williams (PU) dec. Tyler Lunn (CP), 8-6
197 Mark Colegrove (PU) maj. Dec. Gregg Herrington, (CP), 13-5
Hwt. Jake Vercelli (PU) def. Eric Rodriguez (CP), fall 1:38
125 Jason Silverstein (PU) dec. Jaime Garza (CP), 4-2 OT
PURDUE VS. CAL-STATE BAKERSFIELD
133 Evan Robinson (PU) def. Joe Garcia (CSUB), fall 2:00
141 Jonathon Archuleta (CSUB) dec. Luis Blanco (PU), 3-1
149 Larry Vasquez (CSUB) dec. Jimmy Hawthorne (PU), 5-3
157 Nathan Vasquez (CSUB) dec. Oscar Santiago (PU), 9-6
165 Ian Nelms (CSUB) dec. Kirk Moore (PU), 5-3
174 John Fitch (PU) major dec. David Afoa (CSUB), 12-4
184 Lionel Halsey (CSUB) dec. Jared Williams (PU), 6-0
197 Marl Colgrove (PU) dec. Robert Odell (CSUB), 7-2
Hwt. Jacob Vercelli (PU) dec. John Devine (CSUB), 10-5
125 Ruben DeLeon (CSUB) dec. Jason Silverstein (PU), 9-4