February 12, 1999
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No.15-ranked Purdue wrestling team
destroyed No. 21-ranked Michigan State 24-7 at the Intercollegiate
Athletic Facility on Friday. The Boilermakers are now 15-3-1 overall
and 3-1-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan State drops to 4-9 overall and 1-6
in the Big Ten.
"I was very pleased with our effort out there tonight," Purdue coach
Jessie Reyes said. "Were now getting late in the season and we seem to
be wrestling better as a team. Tonight it was a total team effort."
Purdue won eight matches in the dual meet. Sophomore Dan Rendell began
the evening with an impressive 8-3 decision over freshman Kevin Speiss
at 165 to earn his first career Big Ten victory. At 174, 17th-ranked
Purdue senior James Crnich defeated 14th-ranked Will Hill, 4-2 to
increase the lead to 6-0 and collect his 23rd victory of the season.
Crnich's win was revenge of sorts, as Hill defeated the Oak Forest,
Ill., native 3-2 at the Northern Iowa Open earlier this season.
"What a huge win for James," Reyes said. "He fought Hill hard to the
end and came out on top. That win was big, especially for the Big Ten
At 184-pounds, senior Phil Holmgren improved his overall record to
12-5 with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over freshman Nik Fekete. The win
was the seventh in a row for Holmgren. After a Michigan State win at
197, Purdue redshirt freshman Jacob Vercelli escaped in overtime with
a 2-1 win in over 17th-ranked sophomore Matt Lamb. Lamb was called for
stalling just 32 seconds into OT. It was his second offense, after
being warned earlier in the match.
Returning to the top of the lineup, redshirt freshman Jason
Silverstein, ranked 11th in the nation, came from behind to defeat
15th-ranked Chris Williams 7-5. With two seconds remaining in the
third period, Silverstein, who picked up his team-leading 26th
victory, scored a takedown to claim the match.
Purdue won the last three matches. Freshman Carlos Blanco knocked off
20th-ranked senior Issac Miller 4-3 at 141 pounds. Sophomore Eric
Kerkhof wore down sophomore Mike Castillo en route to a 4-3 win. And
finally, seventh-ranked senior Willie Wineberg remained undefeated at
16-0 with a 5-4 decision over sophomore Corey Posey.
"Going back to the last few meets, we have just found a way to win,"
Reyes said. "Seven of our eight wins were decided by two-or-fewer
The Boilers will have little time to rest as they travel to Ann Arbor,
Mich. to battle eighth-ranked Michigan at 1 p.m.
FINAL SCORE: PURDUE 24, MICHIGAN STATE 7
125 Jason Silverstein (PU) dec. Chris Williams; 7-5
133 Pat McNamara (MSU) dec. Evan Robinson; 11-4
141 Carlos Blanco (PU) dec. Issac Miller; 4-3
149 Eric Kerkhof (PU) dec. Mike Castillo; 4-3
157 Willie Wineberg (PU) dec. Cory Posey; 5-4
165 Dan Rendell (PU) dec. Kevin Speiss; 8-3
174 James Crnich (PU) dec. Will Hill; 4-2
184 Phil Holmgren (PU) dec. Nik Fekete; 7-6
197 Nick Muzashvili (MSU) dec. Jared Williams; 10-2
Hwt. Jacob Vercelli (PU) dec. Matt Lamb; 2-1, OT