No. 24 WR Opens Weekend at Holloway
Jan. 25, 2018

No. 24 Purdue (5-5, 0-4 B1G) vs. North Dakota State (5-7, 0-5 Big 12)

Friday, Jan. 26 / 7 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana

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No. 24 Purdue vs. No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 5-0 B1G)**

Sunday, Jan. 28 / 1 p.m. ET
Graham High School / Saint Paris, Ohio
**Ohio State wrestles at Michigan State on Friday

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For a second straight weekend, Purdue wrestling will split time at home and on the road. On Friday, the 24th-ranked Boilermakers will close out their non-conference schedule against North Dakota State, with action from Holloway Gymnasium set to get underway at 7 p.m. ET.

The run through the gauntlet that is the Big Ten Conference resumes Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State. OSU took a home date with Purdue to Graham High School in Saint Paris, Ohio, home to a pair of Buckeyes. Wrestling will start at 1 p.m.

North Dakota State becomes the 152nd opponent in program history as the Bison and the Boilermakers meet on the mat for the first time. Although it’s the first dual meeting, there is one common matchup from earlier in the season. In the first round of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational, Purdue’s Jacob Morrissey blanked Andrew Fogarty 4-0. Since that loss, Fogarty has gone 14-3 and enters Friday’s dual ranked 17th.

• Purdue was nearly steady in the national rankings this week ... the Boilermakers held down their spot at No. 24 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for a second straight week ... Luke Welch was the only one to shift his rank from No. 12 to 13, despite beating No. 19 Travis Piotrowski 7-5, however Piotrowski moved up one spot to No. 18 ... Dylan Lydy locked down the No. 12 spot and Shawn Streck maintained position at No. 15 for a third straight week.

• Lydy’s ranking at No. 12 is tied with Welch for the highest individual ranking of the season for Purdue and the highest ranking for a Boilermaker since Chad Welch finished the 2015-16 season at No. 8.

• The first of four NCAA coaches’ panel rankings were released on Jan. 19 ... wrestlers are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the NCAA Championships ... the final rankings are one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers ... each weight ranks out to 33 ... the next ranking will be released Feb. 8 along with the first edition of RPI.

• Seven Purdue wrestlers appeared in the NCAA rankings: Welch (T-11), Thornton (21), Limmex (T-18), Jacob Morrissey (26), Lydy (12), Christian Brunner (21) and Streck (16).

• Lydy has started 26 consecutive duals dating to Nov. 13, 2016 ... Morrissey has started 20 consecutive duals dating to Dec. 19, 2016 ... Limmex has started 18 consecutive duals dating to Jan. 13, 2017.

• The team’s top-three takedown leaders come from all three areas of the lineup: lower, middle and upper weights ... Lydy leads the way with 66; Streck is second on the team with 61 T2s; Welch ranks third with 57 ... the trio has already surpassed the season takedown leaders of 2015-16 (Jacob Aven, Chad Welch - 56).

• Lydy is six takedowns shy of last season’s takedown leader (Welch - 72) and two wins shy of last season’s win leader (Alex Griffin, Ben Thornton - 26).

• Welch is averaging 8.0 points/match, which is tied with Brunner for tops on the team ... Welch is limiting opponents to 3.6 points/match, while averaging 1.0 more points/match compared to last year ... he is 16 points away from setting a career high in total points scored ... Welch owns the largest point differential, outscoring opponents 209-94 (+115) ... Brunner holds opponents to an average of 3.4 points/match and his +97 point differential (168-71) ranks third on the team.

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

125 No. 13 Luke Welch RS Sr. 22-4 Newburgh, Ind.
133 Ben Thornton RS Jr. 19-8 Stoddard, Wis.
141 Nate Limmex RS So. 18-11 Ada, Mich.
149 Austin Nash RS So. 5-13 Florham Park, N.J
157 Griffin Parriott RS Fr. 11-9 New Prauge, Minn.
Cole Wysocki RS So. 12-12 Edwardsville, Ill.
165 Jacob Morrissey RS Sr. 16-13 Oconto Falls, Wis.
174 No. 12 Dylan Lydy RS So. 24-9 Indianapolis, Ind.
184 Max Lyon Fr. 11-11 Dyersville, Iowa
Jon Morales Jr. 8-8 Kirklin, Ind.
197 Christian Brunner So. 16-5 East Dundee, Ill.
285 No. 15 Shawn Streck RS Fr. 22-10 Merrillville, Ind.




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