Nov. 22, 1997

Boilers Tough at St. Louis Open

St. Louis, Mo. -Purdue had five wrestlers place at the St. Louis Open on Saturday in St. Louis. It was the first competition of the season for the Boilermakers.

Wrestling coach Jessie Reyes was pleased with the condition of his team.

"This was a good tournament for us," Reyes said. "We now know what skills we need to work on. We're in good condition, but we need to work on strategy. I was pleased with our team effort."

Senior Tim Dernlan led the Boilers, winning the 118 lb. class with a victory over two-time All-American Shane Valdez of Oklahoma. Dernlan also received the Outstanding Wrestler award for the tournament.

Sophomore Evan Robinson, Jr., finished second in the 126 lb. divison, losing to All-American Dane Valdez of Oklahoma. Junior Willie Wineberg also picked up a second place finish for the Boilers. Wineberg lost to Illinois' Eric Siebert in the final match.

Two other Boilers placed in the St. Louis open. Senior Eric Douglas (167 lbs.) and junior Jason Hayes (126 lbs.) were third and fourth, respectively. Junior heavyweight David Pierce and senior Davion Peterson (167 lbs.) both came within one match of placing.

Purdue will next compete in the Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 6-7.