Feb. 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team knotted the Crimson & Gold Cup standings at four points apiece on Sunday, topping the Hoosiers, 19-16, at Indiana's University Gymnasium. The Boilermakers won five of the first six matches en route to the victory, including key wins by sophomore Camden Eppert and junior Ivan Lopouchanski.
"Any win over your in-state rival is a big one," said Purdue head coach Scott Hinkel. "We had plenty of reasons to win this one: the rivalry, finish the Big Ten schedule with a win, etc. The important thing is that we came down here and took care of business."
Eppert got things off to a good start at 125 pounds, scoring early and often against Indiana freshman Zach Zimmer in a 10-2 major decision. The win was Eppert's third conference win of the season and eighth overall, while the major decision was his first of the season. Fellow sophomore Cashé Quiroga, ranked ninth in the country at 133 pounds, followed with another win, holding off an upset-minded Joe Duca for an 11-9 decision. Duca picked up the first takedown of the match and added a second with a pair of back points in the second to put Quiroga on the ropes, but the highly-ranked Boilermaker responded in the tight situation, adding four takedowns to his team-leading total in his 14th win of the season.
The Hoosiers got on the board at 141 pounds as senior Matt Ortega made the most of his final home dual in a 7-2 decision over Purdue freshman Brandon Nelsen. Ortega countered a Nelsen shot early in the match and turned it into a five-point move to account for the majority of scoring. Lopouchanski, ranked 13th nationally at 149 pounds, responded for the Old Gold and Black with a 10-4 decision over 18th-ranked Hoosier freshman Taylor Walsh. The Boilermakers got an early scare as Walsh nearly took Lopouchanski to his back in the opening seconds, but the Purdue junior controlled things the rest of the way, reversing Walsh in the first and second periods and tacking on three back points with the second reversal. He clinched the bout with a third-period takedown, improving to 12-3 on the season.
Things continued to go the Boilermakers' way at 157 and 165 pounds as junior Tommy Churchard and sophomore Kyle Mosier posted decisions. Churchard took a 7-3 victory from Indiana freshman Sawyer Morris, and Mosier backed him up with a 3-1 win over Hoosier junior Ryan Konz. Indiana bit into the lead again at 174 pounds as sophomore Ryan LeBlanc posted a 12-3 major decision over Boilermaker rookie Drake Stein, making it a 16-7 Purdue advantage, but 19th-ranked Boilermaker freshman Braden Atwood sealed the win at 184 pounds, notching a 6-1 decision over Hoosier freshman Lucas Sheridan. After a scoreless first period, Atwood scored three points in the second, with a takedown and an escape, and three in the third, with two nearfall and riding time, while Sheridan's only points came on an illegal slam by Atwood.
With the match out of reach, the Hoosiers won the final two contests of the day as third-ranked Indiana senior Matt Powless outlasted Purdue senior A.J. Kissel at 197 pounds, 10-7, while Hoosier sophomore Adam Chalfant accepted an injury default against 20th-ranked Purdue senior Roger Vukobratovich at heavyweight.
The win improved Purdue to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in conference duals, marking the second straight season the Boilermakers finished with a 3-5 Big Ten record, while Indiana dropped to 8-7 (0-7 Big Ten). Done with conference action, the Boilermakers head to Ithaca, N.Y. next weekend for the NWCA National Duals. Purdue's opponent is yet to be officially announced, but it will most likely be 22nd-ranked Central Michigan University.
Purdue 19 – Indiana 16
Sunday, February 5, 2012
University Gymnasium – Bloomington, Ind.
125: Camden Eppert (PUR) def. Zach Zimmer (IND), MD 10-2 (PUR 4 – IND 0)
133: #9 Cashé Quiroga (PUR) def. Joe Duca (IND), D 11-9 (PUR 7 – IND 0)
141: Matt Ortega (IND) def. Brandon Nelsen (PUR), D 7-2 (PUR 7 – IND 3)
149: #13 Ivan Lopouchanski (PUR) def. #18 Taylor Walsh (IND), D 10-4 (PUR 10 – IND 3)
157: Tommy Churchard (PUR) def. Sawyer Morris (IND), D 7-3 (PUR 13 – IND 3)
165: Kyle Mosier (PUR) def. Ryan Konz (IND), D 3-1 (PUR 16 – IND 3)
174: Ryan LeBlanc (IND) def. Drake Stein (PUR), MD 12-3 (PUR 16 – IND 7)
184: #19 Braden Atwood (PUR) def. Lucas Sheridan (IND), D 6-1 (PUR 19 – IND 7)
197: #3 Matt Powless (IND) def. A.J. Kissel (PUR), D 10-7 (PUR 19 – IND 10)
285: Adam Chalfant (IND) def. #20 Roger Vukobratovich (PUR), Injury Default (PUR 19 – IND 16)