March 19, 1999
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Only one of the three Purdue wrestlers participating in the NCAA Championships is still alive in the wrestle back portion of the competition at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.
At 125-pounds, Purdue redshirt freshman Jason Silverstein, seeded 12th, recovered from a morning session defeat with an impressive 7-4 victory over Eastern Illinois' Tom Combes, including 1:01 of riding time in the wrestle back round. With the victory, Silverstein is guaranteed All-America honors. Last year, Purdue had two wrestlers, seniors Tim Dernlan (6th place) at 118-pounds and Eric Douglas (8th place) at 158-pounds, receive All-America honors. This was the third time that the two grapplers have faced each other with Silverstein winning all three matches. The first time the two tangled was at the Northern Iowa Open where Silverstein won 10-5. In their second match in dual meet competition, Silverstein won 12-7. In his third match of the evening, Minnesota's Leroy Vega won by medical forfeit over Silverstein. This was also the third time these two combatants have tangled in the circle with Vega holding a 3-0 advantage. This will put Silverstein in the seventh-place against Jeremy Sluyter of East Stroudsburg. Silverstein's status for tomorrow's match is unknown at this time. In the morning session, he lost his quarterfinal match to Oklahoma State's Teague Moore 12-4 in the afternoon session. Moore, the fourth seed, is the defending champion at 118-pounds.
At 157-pounds, senior Willie Wineberg, an eighth-seed, was eliminated >from the championships after the evening session when he was pinned by Boise State's Larry Quisel in 2:16. Wineberg was leading the fourth-seed 3-2, before Quisel put the Fairfield, Ohio, native on his back and eliminated the two-time NCAA qualifier. In the morning session, he lost to top-seed undefeated senior Casey Cunningham of Central Michigan by a fall in 1:58. Wineberg finishes his senior campaign with a 23-5 record and a 88-26 mark over four years.
The final Purdue participant was heavyweight senior David Pierce. After losing his second round match last evening, Pierce was placed in the wrestle back brackets. In today's morning action, he lost to J.R. Plienis of Nebraska 2-1 in the 30-second sudden death OT. Plienis won the coin toss and chose to go down, and he escaped with 22 seconds remaining, eliminating Pierce. This was Pierce's second overtime match in the championships. Pierce ends his collegiate career at Purdue with a 22-10 record this year and a four-year mark of 78-54 mark.-
The fifth session of the 69th NCAA Championships will begin tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. This session will feature wrestle back semifinals and finals in the consolation round with the finals of the championship bracket being tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m.
Teague Moore (OSU) major dec. Jason Silverstein (PU) 12-3
Casey Cunningham (CMU) fall Willie Wineberg (PU) 1:58
Jason Silverstein (PU) dec. Tom Combes (EIU) 7-4
Leroy Vega (MN) dec. Jason Silverstein (PU) Medical Forfeit
Larry Quisel (BSU) fall Willie Wineberg (PU) 2:16 (Wineberg Eliminated)
J.R. Plienis (NU) dec. David Pierce (PU) 2-1 OT (Pierce Eliminated)