Dec. 29, 1997

Boilers Dominate at Sunshine Open

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The 23rd-ranked Purdue wrestling team took first place at the Sunshine Open in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 28-29. The Boilers entered the final round in sixth place but won six of their last seven matches to win with 119 points in the 25-team field.

"Overall, this was a great tournament for us, especially when you consider that four of our starters did not compete," assistant coach Scott Hinkel said. "Davion (Peterson) had an excellent tournament, and (Mark) Colegrove wrestled extremely well for us. We're very pleased with the effort put forth today."

Peterson, a senior who was unseeded in the tournament, went 5-0 to win the 177-pound division. He defeated defending 167-pound champion Greg Gingeleskie of Navy 6-4 in the semi-finals. In the championship match, Peterson beat Miami's Ryan Pallinger, last year's 177-pound champion, 3-1 in overtime.

Junior heavyweight David Pierce also had a fine tournament for Purdue. He lost his first round match but followed with seven straight victories to take third place. Senior Mickey Griffin went 5-2 at 158 pounds. He totaled three pins en route to a fifth place finish for the Boilermakers.

Senior James Crnich (167 pounds), junior Josh Hutchens (134 pounds) and sophomore Mark Colegrove (190 pounds) all finished third in their respective weight classes while sophomore Evan Robinson placed fourth at 126 pounds. The Boilermakers will next compete in the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., on Jan. 9-10.