Lydy, Limmex to Midlands Semifinals
Dec. 29, 2017

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• Nine of Purdue's 26 wins on Day 1 of Midlands earned bonus points (8 MD, 1 F) ... Nate Limmex turned in multiple bonus point victories with a pair of major decisions.

• The Boilermakers upset nine-higher seeded opponents during sessions I and II.

• With Limmex and Dylan Lydy guaranteed to place in the top six, it marks the first time Purdue has had at least two top-six placewinners since 2011.

Shawn Streck's 1:29 pin of Blake Wolters of South Dakota State in his opening match was his fourth first period pin of the season.

Max Lyon's 10-1 major decision of Cole Bateman of Harvard was his team-leading seventh of the season.

• With five reversals, Jacob Morrissey added his name to another Purdue career record list ... he is now tied for 14th with 32 reversals in his career ... he added a two-point nearfall to his career back point total, which now stands at 220 and ranks seventh.

Devin Schroder posted his third win of the season over a nationally ranked opponent in a dominating 12-2 major decision of 14th-ranked Ryan Millhof of Arizona State ... Schroder has now defeated the Nos. 14, 18 and 20 wrestlers during his rookie season.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- A pair of Purdue wrestlers made waves during the first day of competition at the 55th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at the Sears Centre on Friday. Seventh-seeded Dylan Lydy earned his spot in Saturday's 174-pound semifinals by taking out the No. 2 seed and unseeded Nate Limmex stunned three seeded opponents to get into the 141-pound semifinals. Six additional Boilermakers remain alive in wrestlebacks. Wrestling resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. ET with semifinals and consolation matches, going through to the seventh-place match.

Session III, along with the fourth session featuring finals, third- and fifth-place matches at 8 p.m., will be streamed on BTN2Go and FloWrestling. A subscription is required for both platforms.

Purdue sits in eighth in the team standings with 44 points and seven grapplers still in action. The 44 points are more than the Boilermakers' point total in 2016 (29.5) and only had one wrestler advance to the second day.

The third period was all Lydy in a 6-4 upset of second-seeded Mikey Labriola of Nebraska (unattached) in the 174-pound quarterfinals. Trailing 3-1 at the start of the third period, Lydy escaped and then took Labriola down at the 51-second mark to go ahead 4-3. Labriola escaped evened it at 4-4 and seventh-seeded Boilermaker sealed the deal with another takedown with just six seconds remaining.

Lydy also had late heroics in his match prior to the quarterfinals. A takedown with five ticks left in sudden victory earned him a 4-2 victory over Indiana's 10th-seeded Devin Skatzka.

The redshirt sophomore hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, takes an 18-7 record into a semifinal battle with No. 3 David Kocer of South Dakota State.

Limmex did not wrestle on paper. The unseeded redshirt sophomore upset the Nos. 10, 7 and 15 and outscored them 17-3 on his way to clinching a spot in the 141-pound semifinals. In the quarterfinals, he disposed of No. 15 Pat D'Arcy of Princeton 2-1 on a second period escape and 1:56 worth of riding time. Limmex took Cole Martin of Wisconsin down four times, blanking the seventh-seeded Badger 11-0 in the championship third round for his third shutout of the season.

Armed with a 14-7 record, the Boilermaker is set to square off with Indiana's third-seeded Cole Weaver in the semifinals.

Five other Purdue grapplers advanced into the quarterfinals, but were unable to come out on the winning end of their bouts. The 125-pound duo of sixth-seeded Luke Welch and Devin Schroder, Jacob Morrissey (165), No. 8 Christian Brunner (197) and No. 9 Shawn Streck (285) will need to win their blood round match in order to earn hardware.



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