Dec. 9, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team opened the 2011-12 Big Ten Dual season in impressive fashion Friday night, topping visiting Michigan State University (MSU), 22-17, in Holloway Gymnasium. Freshman Braden Atwood and Brandon Nelsen led the effort with pins at 184 and 141 pounds, respectively, while seventh-ranked sophomore Cashé Quiroga had a triumphant return to the lineup at 133 pounds.
MSU took control of the dual at the beginning as the dual started at 165 pounds with a 6-2 decision by Spartan senior David Cheza over Purdue sophomore Kyle Mosier, followed by a narrow 11-10 win for MSU senior Curran Jacobs at 174 pounds as he rallied from behind to edge Boilermaker rookie Drake Stein. Atwood got the Boilermakers right back into the action as he stuck Spartan senior Ian Hinton to even the team score, 6-6. After a scoreless first period, Atwood took the bottom position and picked up a reversal before stretching Hinton to his back for the fall at the 4:11-mark.
"It was a huge win for Braden," said Purdue head coach Scott Hinkel, who won his ninth career Big Ten Dual. "Earning that first Big Ten win is a big accomplishment for a freshman, and to get it over a guy who's been to NCAA's a few times already should give him the confidence he needs to be successful the rest of the way."
The anticipated return of 12th-ranked senior A.J. Kissel for the Boilermakers at 197 pounds had a lackluster result as he gave up a takedown to MSU senior Tyler Dickenson in the last 15 seconds to fall, 4-3, but Purdue heavyweight classmate Roger Vukobratovich notched his second win of the season over a Spartan 285-pounder to knot up the team score at the intermission. Already owning a victory over 13th-ranked sophomore Mike McClure, the Spartans sent junior Steve Andrus to the mat to face Vukobratovich. Andrus led most of the match on the strength of a first-period takedown, but Vukobratovich managed a two-point maneuver of his own in the closing seconds to win, 4-3, and improve to 8-4 on the season.
The Spartans jumped back on top after the intermission as sophomore Brenan Lyon rolled out a 9-1 major decision over Purdue freshman Luke Schroeder, but the Boilermakers responded once again as Quiroga was dominant in a 19-7 major decision over freshman Brandon Fifield to tie it up, 13-13. Quiroga reeled off eight takedowns in the contest, but Fifield refused to open up on bottom and prevented Quiroga from scoring any back points.
Nelsen put the Boilermakers in firm control of the match at 141 pounds, notching his team-best sixth fall of the season as he pinned freshman Brian Gibbs at 6:25. The Purdue freshman dominated from the get-go, opening up a 9-1 lead after the first two periods, and surrendering the lone point on a technical violation call. In the third period Gibbs took the neutral position and Nelsen worked through a scramble to score a takedown and take the Spartan rookie to his blades for the fall and a six-point team lead, 19-13. Eighth-ranked junior Ivan Lopouchanski sealed the match for the Boilermakers at 149 pounds, holding off game Spartan junior Dan Osterman, 4-3. Each grappler scored one takedown in the bout, but Lopouchanski managed escapes in the second and third periods to hold the final edge and put the team score out of reach.
MSU senior Anthony Jones had an impressive showing at 157 pounds, earning a 12-3 major decision over Purdue junior Tommy Churchard, but the Boilermakers' lead was insurmountable as the final tally read 22-17. Purdue moves to 23-47-1 all-time against the Spartans, including an 11-22 home record, and has won four of the last five meetings with MSU.
The Boilermakers improve to 4-4 on the season in dual competition, while the Spartans drop to 2-2. Purdue returns to action next Sunday, Dec. 18, at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville where they'll face the host Cougars and Truman State University.
Purdue22 - Michigan State 17
Friday, December 9, 2011
IAF - West Lafayette, Ind.
165: David Cheza (MSU) def. Kyle Mosier (PUR), D 5-2 [MSU 3 - PUR 0]
174: Curran Jacobs (MSU) def. Drake Stein (PUR), D 11-10 [MSU 6 - PUR 0]
184: Braden Atwood (PUR) def. Ian Hinton (MSU) 4:11 [PUR 6 - MSU 6]
197: Tyler Dickenson (MSU) def. A.J Kissel (PUR), D 4-2 [MSU 9 - PU 6]
285: Roger Vukobratovich (PUR) def. Steve Andrus (MSU), D 4-3 [PUR 9 - MSU 9]
125: Brenan Lyon (MSU) def. Luke Schroeder (PUR) - MD 9-1 [MSU 13 - PUR 9]
133: Cashé Quiroga (PUR) def. Brandon Fifield (MSU) - MD 18-7 [PUR 13 - MSU 13]
141: Brandon Nelsen (PUR) def. Brian Gibbs (MSU), Fall 6:25 [PUR 19 - MSU 13]
149: Ivan Lopouchanski (PUR) def. Dan Osterman (MSU), D 4-3 [PUR 22 - MSU 13]
157: Anthony Jones (MSU) def. Tommy Churchard (PUR), MD 11-3 [PUR 22 - MSU 17]
165 - David Cheza (MSU) def. Kyle Mosier (PUR), D 5-2 [MSU 3 - PUR 0]
1st Period: Cheza T2; Cheza caution; Mosier E1
2nd Period: (Mosier defer - Cheza top) Mosier E1
3rd Period: (Cheza chooses bottom) Cheza caution; Mosier caution; Cheza E1; Cheza T2
174 - Curran Jacobs (MSU) def. Drake Stein (PUR), D 11-10 [MSU 6 - PUR 0]
1st Period: Jacobs T2; Stein E1;
2nd Period: (Jacobs chooses bottom) Jacobs R2; Stein E1;
3rd Period: (Stein chooses bottom) Stein E1; Stein T2; Stein 3NF; Jacobs R2; Stein E1; Jacobs T2; Stein E1; Jacobs T2; Jacobs R1
184 - Braden Atwood (PUR) def. Ian Hinton (MSU) 4:11 [PUR 6 - MSU 6]
2nd Period: (Hinton defers - Atwood chooses bottom) Hinton caution; Atwood R2; Atwood fall
3rd Period: (choice)
197 - Tyler Dickenson (MSU) def. A.J Kissel (PUR), D 4-2 [MSU 9 - PUR 6]
2nd Period: Dickenson E1;
3rd Period: (Kissel chooses neutral) Kissel T2; Kissel caution; Dickenson E1; Dickenson E2;
285 - Roger Vukobratovich (PUR) def. Steve Andrus (MSU), D 4-3 [PUR 9 - MSU 9]
1st Period: Andrus T2; Vukobratovich E1;
2nd Period: (Andrus defers; Vukobratovich chooses bottom) Andrus caution; Vukobratovich E1; Vukobratovich SW;
3rd Period: (Andrus chooses bottom) Andrus E1; Vukobratovich T2
125 - Brenan Lyon (MSU) def. Luke Schroeder (PUR) - MD 9-1 [MSU 13 - PUR 9]
1st Period: Lyon T2; Schroeder E1; Lyon caution;
2nd Period: (Schroeder chooses bottom)
3rd Period: (Lyon chooses bottom) Lyon E1; Lyon T2; Lyon NF3;
133 - Cashé Quiroga (PUR) def. Brandon Fifield (MSU) - MD 18-7 [PUR 13 - MSU 13]
1st Period: Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Fifield caution; Quiroga E1
2nd Period: (Quiroga chooses bottom) Quiroga E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield E1
3rd Period: (Fifield chooses bottom) Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield E1; Quiroga T2; Fifield SW
141 - Brandon Nelsen (PUR) def. Brian Gibbs (MSU), Fall 6:25 [PUR 19 - MSU 13]
1st Period: Nelson T2; Nelson NF3;
2nd Period: (Nelson chooses bottom) Nelson R2; Nelson NF2; Gibbs Penalty 1;
3rd Period: (Gibbs chooses neutral) Nelson T2; Nelson fall 6:25
149 - Ivan Lopouchanski (PUR) def. Dan Osterman (MSU), D 4-3 [PUR 22 - MSU 13]
1st Period: Lopouchanski T2; Osterman E1;
2nd Period: Lopouchanski E1
3rd Period: (Osterman chooses bottom) Osterman T2; Lopouchanski E1
157 - Anthony Jones (MSU) def. Tommy Churchard (PUR), MD 11-3 [PUR 22 - MSU 17]
1st Period: Jones caution; Jones T2; Jones NF3; Jones caution; Churchard E1; Jones T2
2nd Period: (Jones chooses neutral) Jones T2
3rd Period: (Churchard chooses bottom) Churchard E1; Jones T2; Churchard E1