Feb. 23, 2013
LANCASTER, Pa. - The 14th-ranked Purdue wrestling team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday, winning a pair of duals at Franklin & Marshall to finish the year 17-6 in dual competition. The Boilermakers opened with a 31-10 victory over Buffalo and followed up with a 39-3 win over the host Diplomats, winning 16 of 20 individual matches and scoring bonus points in 12 of the victories.
Purdue's 17 dual victories are their most in a season under sixth-year head coach Scott Hinkel and their highest mark since an 18-win campaign in 2004. Sophomore Braden Atwood paced the team with his seventh and eighth falls of the season at 197 pounds, improving to 24-7 on the year, while junior Cashé Quiroga scored a pair of technical falls at 133 pounds, racking up a combined 43 points in two matches. Freshman Chad Welch and juniors Kyle Mosier and Alex White were also double-winners for the Boilermakers, as Welch posted a fall and a major decision, Mosier scored a fall and White had a major decision.
The Boilermakers rolled through the Bulls in the opener, scoring bonus points in five of their seven wins, including falls from Atwood and fellow sophomore Brandon Nelsen. After freshman Dominique Price surrendered a 4-1 decision to Buffalo sophomore Max Soria to start the meet at 125, Quiroga and Nelsen got things going for the Old Gold and Black. Quiroga put on a takedown clinic in a 21-5 technical fall over Buffalo junior Sean Walton at 133 pounds, needing just over six minutes, while Nelsen took the match to the second period before sticking sophomore Erik Galloway for his seventh straight win and eighth fall of the year.
Buffalo cut into the lead at 157 and 165 as Blake Roulo edged out Purdue senior Tommy Churchard, 13-12, at 157 and 10th-ranked Buffalo senior Mark Lewandowski posted a 10-0 major decision over Boilermaker sophomore Pat Robinson. However, Welch pushed Purdue's lead out to 18-10 at 174 pounds as he rolled out a series of takedowns and turns in an 11-0 major decision over Jarred Lux. Mosier and Atwood continued the run as Mosier notched a 5-3 decision over Tony Lock and Atwood needed 6:07 to earn the fall over Angelo Malvestudo. White closed out the match with his ninth win of the year, going to work on top in a 9-0 major decision.
The Boilermakers were extremely dominant in their second dual of the day, taking nine of 10 matches in a rout of Franklin & Marshall. Welch, Mosier and Atwood posted consecutive falls at 174, 184 and 197, marking the second time this year the Boilermakers have achieved the feat at that weight, doing it the first time against Loras College at Northern Illinois in November. Junior Camden Eppert posted his team-best ninth major decision of the season at 125 pounds, toppling Diplomat freshman Aaron Moldoff, 18-5, while Quiroga needed just 4:07 in his 22-7 technical fall over sophomore Robert Ruiz. Churchard and Robinson bounced back from their losses to post major decisions at 157 and 165.
The lone blemish for the Boilermakers was a 3-2 victory for 17th-ranked Franklin & Marshall sophomore Richard Durso at 141 pounds, handing Nelsen his first loss since Jan. 20 and ending a run of seven straight wins.
The Boilermakers head into the postseason on March 9-10, traveling to the University of Illinois for the 2013 Big Ten Championships. NCAA Championship bid allocations should be announced late this week as the Big Ten Championships anticipate more than 70 automatic bids for nationals to be handed out in Champaign.
#14 Purdue 31 - Buffalo 10
125: Max Soria (UB) def. Dominique Price (PU), D 4-1 (PU 0 - UB 3)
133: Cashé Quiroga (PU) def. Sean Walton (UB), TF 21-5 (6:07) (PU 5 - UB 3)
141: Brandon Nelsen (PU) def. Erik Galloway (UB), Fall 3:57 (PU 11 - UB 3)
149: Ivan Lopouchanski (PU) def. Andrew Schutt (UB), D 4-0 (PU 14 - UB 3)
157: Blake Roulo (UB) def. Tommy Churchard (PU), D 13-12 (PU 14 - UB 6)
165: Mark Lewandowski (UB) def. Pat Robinsin (PU), MD 10-0 (PU 14 - UB 10)
174: Chad Welch (PU) def. Jarred Lux (UB), MD 11-0 (PU 18 - UB 10)
184: Kyle Mosier (PU) def. Tony Lock (UB), D 5-3 (PU 21 - UB 10)
197: Braden Atwood (PU) def. Angelo Malvestudo (UB), Fall 6:07 (PU 27 - UB 10)
285: Alex White (PU) def. Justin Heiserman (UB), MD 9-0 (PU 31 - UB 10)
#14 Purdue 39 - Franklin & Marshall 3
125: Camden Eppert (PU) def. Aaron Moldoff (FM), MD 18-5 (PU 4 - FM 0)
133: Cashe Quiroga (PU) def. Robert Ruiz (FM), TF 22-7 (4:09) (PU 9 - FM 0)
141: Richard Durso (FM) def. Brandon Nelsen, D 3-2 (PU 9 - FM 3)
149: Nick Lawrence (PU) def. Andrew Murano (FM), D 4-2 (PU 12 - FM 3)
157: Tommy Churchard (PU) def. Eric Norgard (FM), MD 11-0 (PU 16 - FM 3)
165: Pat Robinson (PU) def. Rob King (FM), MD 14-1 (PU 20 - FM 3)
174: Chad Welch (PU) def. Colin Gironda (FM), Fall 1:44 (PU 26 - FM 3)
184: Kyle Mosier (PU) def. Paul Alessandrini (FM), Fall 5:29 (PU 32 - FM 3)
197: Braden Atwood (PU) def. Isaiah Cromwell (FM), MD 15-1 (PU 36 - FM 3)
285: Alex White (PU) def. Alexander Henry (FM), D 4-0 (PU 39 - FM 3)