Nov. 20, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Purdue wrestling team scored a major road victory on Friday night, taking down the ninth-ranked University of Missouri Tigers at the Hearnes Center, 19-15. Purdue won six of the 10 bouts on the evening, including head-to-head ranked matchups at 174 and 197 pounds.
Purdue moves to 12-8-1 all-time against the Tigers, snapping a two-match slide and winning in Columbia for the first time since 1999. Juniors Juan Archuleta, Luke Manuel and Logan Brown all remained undefeated for the Boilermakers, who improved to 3-1 with the win. The win is the first for Purdue against a ranked opponent since their victory over No. 17 Indiana on Feb. 8, 2008.
Missouri jumped out to a 3-0 lead as freshman Brad Wisdom caught Purdue sophomore Matt Fields in a cradle for a five-point move and rode it to a 9-6 decision at 125. Fields rode Wisdom the entire third period, and caught him in a cradle of his own late, but the three-point nearfall was not enough to close the gap.
The Boilermakers turned things around as sophomore Akif Eren sparked a three-match Purdue win streak with his 11-5 decision over Missouri freshman Nathan McCormick. Eren gave up an early takedown to fall behind 2-0, but it was all Purdue the rest of the way as Eren posted a takedown to take the lead and ran the score up in the third with a reversal, three-point nearfall and takedown en route to an 11-5 win.
Archuleta moved to 7-0 at 141 pounds for the Boilermakers, knocking off #19 Missouri junior Todd Schavrien by decision, 9-5. Archuleta set the pace from the get-go, scoring a pair of first period takedowns en route to a 5-3 lead. After a stagnant second, he added a takedown in the third and the riding-time point to seal the victory.
The run continued at 149 as Purdue senior Nick Bertucci turned in a dominant performance in his 9-0 major decision over Tiger sophomore Scott O'Donnell. The scoring didn't start until the second period, but Bertucci ran it up quick, escaping and hitting a cradle for the five-point play and 6-0 lead. After a neutral start to the third, Bertucci grabbed the bonus point with a second takedown and riding-time point for good measure.
Missouri's Patrick Wright ended the Purdue streak at 157 pounds , upsetting 10th-ranked Boilermaker junior Colton Salazar, 4-0. Salazar seemed to have suffered an injury halfway through the match, but finished it off and refused to surrender bonus points in a gutsy performance. The Tigers picked up a second straight win at 165 pounds as No. 7 Nick Marable topped Purdue senior Jason Martin, 6-3.
Twelfth-ranked Manuel righted the ship for the Boilermakers at 174 pounds, winning a ranked matchup with No. 16 junior Dorian Henderson, 6-2. Manuel did all the work in the bout, scoring a pair of takedowns in a solid performance for the win. Senior Nick Corpe followed up for the Old Gold and Black at 184, stretching the team lead to 16-9 with a 7-4 decision over freshman Todd Porter. Corpe took the Tiger to his back for a five-point play in the first and rode the lead out for the win.
Brown, ranked 11th in the nation, made it three straight for the Boilermakers and sealed the team victory at 197 pounds, scoring a thrilling 7-5 sudden victory over 17th-ranked Missouri freshman Brent Haynes. Brown did the work early scoring two first-period takedowns, but Haynes battled back in the third, taking advantage of a fleeing penalty and scoring a late takedown to force overtime. Brown battled late in the match, working for the takedown and scoring the win. Haynes third-period takedown was the first surrendered by the Boilermaker junior this season.
Fourth-ranked Dominique Bradley closed the gap for the Tigers in a meaningless heavyweight bout, as Purdue freshman Adam Walls came out firing, but was caught quickly and pinned in 18 seconds.
Purdue returns to action Sunday, staying in Columbia for the Missouri Open. Follow the action throughout Sunday at the Purdue Wrestling Twitter page.
Purdue 19 - Missouri 15
125: Brad Wisdom (MU) def. Matt Fields (PU), D 9-6 (0-3)
133: Akif Eren (PU) def. Nate McCormick (MU), D 11-5 (3-3)
141: Juan Archuleta (PU) def. #19 Todd Schavrien (MU), D 9-5 (6-3)
149: Nick Bertucci (PU) def. Scott O'Donnell (MU), MD 9-0 (10-3)
157: Patrick Wright (MU) def. #10 Colton Salazar (PU), D 4-0 (10-6)
165: #7 Nick Marable (MU) def. Jason Martin (PU), D 6-3 (10-9)
174: #12 Luke Manuel (PU) def. #16 Dorian Henderson (MU), D 6-2 (13-9)
184: Nick Corpe (PU) def. Todd Porter (MU), D 7-4 (16-9)
197: #11 Logan Brown (PU) def. #17 Brent Haynes (MU), SV 7-5 (19-9)
285: #4 Dominique Bradley (MU) def. Adam Walls (PU), Fall 0:18 (19-15)