No. 24 Wrestlers Thump MSU 28-6
Feb. 2, 2018



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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
A Max Lyon pin, a major decision from Christian Brunner and a sudden victory win by Nate Limmex put an exclamation point on Purdue’s 28-6 win over Michigan State on Friday. The season’s final dual at Holloway Gymnasium saw the 24th-ranked Boilermakers (7-6, 1-5 B1G) take eight weights and drop MSU to 5-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten Conference.

“I think just stylistically, you look at people when you watch film and you knew that they [Michigan State] were a physical team,” Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. “They were not going to hit you with a ton of attacks. They wanted to control the ties and maybe just try and grind the pace of the match down a little bit. We were trying to keep the pace higher throughout the match. We did that in many of the matches, but there were a few tonight where we got beat or it was closer than it should have been because we let the pace get slowed down.”

Pace was not a problem for Lyon. The 184-pounder had Shwan Shadaia fighting to stay off his back throughout the first period, and with three seconds remaining, the true freshman locked the far side cradle and got the fall at 2:57. All three of Lyon’s pins this season have come in the opening frame.

“Mostly I have been working a lot on turns,” Lyon said. “I have been able to turn most kids. That was fun; I should be doing that more often.”

The win comes at a crucial time for the rookie. With just three duals remaining, Lyon (16-11) has strung together five consecutive wins, three by major decision and two by fall, after going up against four straight top-10 opponents in Big Ten duals.

“I may have not won any of those matches, but my personal growth from wrestling those four guys is just tremendous,” Lyon said. “I felt more confident going out there against those guys, and honestly, I just found myself as a wrestler through wrestling those guys. By the end of it, when I wrestled Emery Parker [of Illinois], I was like, ‘I can compete with these guys. This is me, I can do this.’ You cannot rush development. Anything worth doing is hard. I am getting it.”

A fast start was the key to a 12-4 major decision for Brunner in the ensuing match at 197. Brunner took his Spartan opponent, Nick May, down at the 2:38 mark in the first period and tilted him for a two- and four-point nearfall. The fourth major decision of the season for the sophomore takes his record to 18-6.

Limmex blasted MSU’s Javier Gasca with a double-leg takedown in sudden victory to take a 7-5 match at 141 pounds. The match-winning shot came just eight seconds into sudden victory as Limmex improved to 20-12.

After missing four duals due to injury, Griffin Parriott made his return to the Boilermakers’ lineup at 157 with a 5-3 outing against Jacob Tucker.

Purdue is in its third straight and final double-dual weekend of the season. Sunday’s opponent, Indiana (6-8, 0-7 B1G), was defeated by No. 14 Illinois 33-9 on Friday. The Boilermakers will be looking to extend their stranglehold on the series with the Hoosiers to eight straight, while also pushing Purdue ahead in the Governor's Cup. Currently the Boilermakers lead 4.5-4 with one point up for grabs. Action from University Gym in Bloomington is set for a 1 p.m. ET start.
 

 

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