Nov. 6, 2010
EDINBORO, Pa. - The 20th-ranked Purdue wrestling team opened its season with a 1-0-1 start at the Edinboro Comfort Suites Duals on Saturday, topping Hofstra University, 28-6, and tying Edinboro, 16-16. Seniors Colton Salazar, Logan Brown and Roger Vukobratovich and junior A.J. Kissel all went undefeated on the day, led by Vukobratovich's nine team points and first pin of the season.
The Boilermakers got off to a roaring start against Hofstra, taking upset wins in three of the first four matches over ranked Pride opponents. Freshman Camden Eppert got things started with a narrow 4-3 win over No. 16 125-pounder Steve Bonanno as Eppert scored a takedown in the second period and a reversal in the third to earn his first collegiate victory. Boilermaker junior Jake Fleckenstein followed up with an impressive 2-1 win over No. 6 Lou Ruggirello at 133 pounds, scoring the bout's only takedown towards the end of the third period and riding the Hofstra senior to the buzzer.
Hofstra got on the board at 141 as junior Vince Varela topped Purdue senior Akif Eren, 5-2, but senior Sam Patacsil got things back in motion for Purdue at 149 pounds with a 9-3 win over No. 18 Justin Accordino. Patacsil started quickly, scoring a takedown and three back points in the first and an escape in the second to build a 6-0 lead, and rode it in for the victory. No. 16 Salazar continued the trend at 157 for Purdue, taking down freshman Zach Clemente, 11-6, and Hofstra's No. 10 165-pounder P.J. Gillespie battled back for the Pride with a 6-1 win over Boilermaker freshman Pat Kissel.
Despite a couple tight scores, it was all Purdue the rest of the way. No. 12 174-pound senior Luke Manuel outlasted 15th-ranked Ryan Patrovich in a second-sudden victory, 4-2, while seventh-ranked A.J. Kissel edged Ben Clymer at 184 pounds, 2-1. Ninth-ranked Brown put on a takedown clinic at 197 pounds, posting a four-point technical fall win over Matt Loew, 25-10, and Vukobratovich put the exclamation point on the match by pinning Paul Snyder at the 6:06 mark of the heavyweight contest.
In the match with the host Fighting Scots, the Boilermakers got themselves in a hole early, and found themselves without the services of Manuel, who was injured in his match against Hofstra, but managed to battle back to a tie. In a complete reverse of their first match, Purdue dropped three of the first four with Eren snagging the only win, a 5-4 victory over Vinny Pisani at 141. Patacsil came within an eyelash of toppling two ranked opponents on the day, suffering a 7-5 sudden victory loss to sixth-ranked Torsten Gillespie at 149 pounds. Salazar picked up his second win of the day at 157, edging Johnny Greisheimer, 4-3, but Patrick Kissel dropped a 9-1 major decision to Matthew Laird at 165, and fellow rookie Kyle Mosier lost in Manuel's stead at 174 to Chris Hrunka, 10-3.
The top of the Purdue order came up clutch to prevent the loss as A.J. Kissel rolled out an 11-0 major decision over Kenneth Massey, Brown notched an 8-3 win over Shawn Fendone and Vukobratovich earned a 12-7 decision over Ernest James.
While Vukobratovich's nine team points were a team high, Brown and A.J. Kissel were right behind with seven apiece, and Salazar notched six. The Old Gold and Black return to action next weekend, heading to Big Ten rival Michigan State for the Spartans' open tournament on Saturday. Visit PurdueSports.com this week for a full preview of the event.
#20 Purdue 28 - Hofstra 6
125: Camden Eppert (PU) def. #16 Steve Bonanno (HU), D 4-3 (3-0)
133: Jake Fleckenstein (PU) def. #6 Lou Ruggirello (HU), D 2-1 (6-0)
141: Vince Varela (HU) def. Akif Eren (PU), D 5-2 (6-3)
149: Sam Patacsil (PU) def. #18 Justin Accordino (HU), D 9-3 (9-3)
157: #16 Colton Salazar (PU) def. Zach Clemente (HU), D 11-6 (12-3)
165: #10 P.J. Gillespie (HU) def. Patrick Kissel (PU), D 6-1 (12-6)
174: #12 Luke Manuel (PU) def. #15 Ryan Patrovich (HU),SV2 4-2 (15-6)
184: A.J. Kissel (PU) def. Ben Clymer (HU), D 2-1 (18-6)
197: #9 Logan Brown (PU) def. Matt Loew (HU), TF4 25-10 (6:34) (22-6)
285: Roger Vukobratovich (PU) def. Paul Snyder (HU) Fall 6:06 (28-6)
#20 Purdue 16 - Edinboro 16
125: Evan Yenolevich (EU) def. Camden Eppert (PU), D 7-5 (0-3)
133: Eric Morrill (EU) def. Jake Fleckenstein (PU), D 8-4 (0-6)
141: Akif Eren (PU) def. Vinny Pisani (EU), D 5-4 (3-6)
149: #6 Torsten Gillespie (EU) def. Sam Patacsil, SV 7-5 (3-9)
157: #16 Colton Salazar (PU) def. Johnny Greisheimer(EU), D 4-3 (6-9)
165: Matthew Laird (EU) def. Patrick Kissel (PU), MD 9-1 (6-13)
174: Chris Hrunka (EU) def. Kyle Mosier (PU), D 10-3 (6-16)
184: #7 A.J. Kissel (PU) def. Kenneth Massey (EU), MD 11-0 (10-16)
197: #9 Logan Brown (PU) def. Shawn Fendone (EU), D 8-3 (13-16)
285: Roger Vukobratovich (PU) def. Ernest James (EU), D 12-7 (16-16)