No. 24 Wrestlers Set for Road-Home Duals
Jan. 18, 2018

No. 24 Purdue (5-3, 0-2 B1G) at No. 1 Penn State (7-0, 3-0 B1G)

Friday, Jan. 19 / 7 p.m. ET
Rec Hall / University Park, Pennsylvania

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No. 24 Purdue vs. No. 14 Illinois (3-3, 2-2 B1G)

Sunday, Jan. 21 / 1 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 24 Purdue enters its first of three consecutive weekends with Friday-Sunday duals with time split on the road and at home. On Friday the Boilermakers will collide with top-ranked Penn State at Rec Hall at 7 p.m. ET, then they’ll return home to Holloway Gymnasium for a Sunday showdown with No. 14 Illinois at 1 p.m. ET.

Prior to the dual with the Illini there will be a youth clinic. The clinic is free and open to youth eighth grade and younger. To register email

Purdue enters the two-dual weekend chasing its first win on the Big Ten Conference slate. In their last outing, bonus points at three weights were the difference as they split weights with No. 19 Nebraska in a 20-15 loss in Lincoln on Jan. 12. The Boilermakers posted decisions at 125, 133, 141, 174 and 285.

Penn State is returning to Rec Hall for the first time in over a month. It was a double-dual trip to Michigan for the Nittany Lions last weekend. They defeated the eighth-ranked Wolverines 25-12 on Friday and then rolled past Michigan State 48-3 in East Lansing.

In its only dual of the weekend, Illinois won three weights by decision and another by injury default in a 17-14 loss at then-No. 14 Minnesota on Sunday. Sunday’s road trip to West Lafayette is the only competition of the weekend for the Illini.

Nate Limmex (141) put the first takedown on the scoreboard and overcame a second period rideout with a takedown in the third on his way to a 5-3 upset of Nebraska's ninth-ranked Chad Red ... the win marks the highest-ranked opponent Limmex has beaten in his career ... he is 8-2 since Midlands.

• No. 12 Dylan Lydy (174) picked up his fifth win in overtime, taking down Beau Breske with 20 seconds left in sudden victory to win 3-1 ... Lydy is 5-2 in overtime matches this season.

• Limmex and Lydy are shining in their sophomore seasons rather than suffering from the slump ... Limmex has surpassed his win total from last season by six, is +19 in takedowns with 55 (tied for second on the team) and is +31 in total points scored with 191 ... he also has a pair of wins over ranked opponents.

• Lydy, the team’s win leader with 23, has seven more wins than last season, is +24 in takedowns with a team-high 62 and is +51 in total points scored with 192 (third most on the team) ... Lydy is 10 takedowns shy of last season’s takedown leader (Luke Welch - 72) and three wins shy of last season’s win leader (Alex Griffin, Ben Thornton - 26).

• Purdue has been listed on all nine regular season editions of the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, ranging from Nos. 19 to 24 ... the nine consecutive appearances are the most in the Ersland era, besting seven straight during the 2015-16 season (12/8 - 1/26) ... this week the Boilermakers dropped two spots to No. 24.

Luke Welch climbed two spots to No. 12 in the 125-pound rankings and Lydy held his ground at No. 12 for a second straight week ... their positions at No. 12 are the highest individual rankings of the season for Purdue and the highest ranking for a Boilermaker since Chad Welch finished the 2015-16 season at No. 8.

• Welch has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in his career and his 20 wins are a career high ... he is averaging a team-high and career-best 8.4 points per match ... he has outscored his opponents 202-89 (+113) for the Boilermakers’ highest point differential.

Shawn Streck’s six pins are the most for a Purdue wrestler since Drake Stein had eight during the 2015-16 season.

• Lydy and Ben Thornton have started 24 consecutive duals dating to Nov. 13, 2016 ... Jacob Morrissey has started 18 consecutive duals dating to Dec. 19, 2016 ... Limmex has started 16 consecutive duals dating to Jan. 13, 2017.

125 No. 12 Luke Welch RS Sr. 20-4 Newburgh, Ind.
Devin Schroder RS Fr. 15-6 Northview, Mich.
133 Ben Thornton RS Jr. 19-7 Stoddard, Wis.
141 Nate Limmex RS So. 18-9 Ada, Mich.
149 Austin Nash RS So. 4-12 Florham Park, N.J
157 Griffin Parriott RS Fr. 11-9 New Prauge, Minn.
Cole Wysocki RS So. 12-10 Edwardsville, Ill.
165 Jacob Morrissey RS Sr. 16-11 Oconto Falls, Wis.
174 No. 12 Dylan Lydy RS So. 23-8 Indianapolis, Ind.
184 Max Lyon Fr. 11-9 Dyersville, Iowa
197 Christian Brunner So. 16-5 East Dundee, Ill.
Kobe Woods RS Fr. 4-3 Mishawaka, Ind.
285 No. 15 Shawn Streck RS Fr. 21-9 Merrillville, Ind.




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