Jan. 17, 1998

Boilers Stun Illinois

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James Crnich.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 17th-ranked Purdue wrestling team upset No. 8 Illinois 18-13 in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday. The Boilers won six of the first seven matches en route to their seventh dual meet victory of the season. "This was a great win for us," head coach Jessie Reyes said. "We were in great shape, and our guys got to see just how their hard work pays off. We needed a great team effort to beat a top-10 team at their place, and that is exactly what we got today." Senior Tim Dernlan started the Boilermakers off with a 7-3 win over Steve Dorrier at 118 pounds.

Junior Josh Hutchens picked up his 14th victory of the season, defeating Carl Perry 9-7 in overtime at 126 pounds.

Junior Willie Wineberg (142 pounds) and freshman Eric Kerkhof (134) each came away with 6-4 wins in their respective weight classes. Seniors Eric Douglas and James Crnich were also victorious for Purdue. The Boilers, now 7-1 in dual meets, compete in the Wendy's Duals in Ashland, Ohio today.