Feb. 12, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 24 Purdue wrestling team is set to take on 13th-ranked archrival Indiana University on Sunday, hosting the Hoosiers in the 96th match in the all-time series at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. The Boilermakers are 10-9 overall and 1-5 in conference duals this season, while Indiana enters the weekend at 13-3 (2-3 Big Ten).
Indiana leads the all-time series, 61-31-3, but the series is split, 4-4, since 2002, including a win for each side in the past two seasons. The Boilermakers upset the visiting 17th-ranked Hoosiers, 18-16, on Feb. 8, 2008, while Indiana defended their home turf last year, 21-12, on Feb. 6. Indiana won the first 15 matchups in series history, starting with a 6-0 victory on Feb. 24, 1914, while the Boilermakers' first win was a 16-11 triumph in Bloomington on Feb. 17, 1928. The Hoosiers 15-straight wins to open the rivalry is their longest win streak in series history, while Purdue's longest stretch is five consecutive wins, winning five straight from Jan. 11, 1947 to Jan. 27, 1951, and repeating the streak from Jan. 9, 1984 to Feb. 16, 1986. Purdue and Indiana have met on neutral turf eight times in the rivalry's history, with the occasion tied at four wins apiece. The neutral clash has been held in Indianapolis twice, with Purdue taking a 23-22 victory on Dec. 15, 1973, and the Hoosiers winning 21-19 on Dec. 1, 1982.
Sunday's contest also has a point in the coveted Crimson and Gold Cup standings at stake, as the Boilermakers' hold a one and a half point edge in the current standings, 4-2.5. After finishing the fall season in a tie, 2.5-2.5, Purdue has scored with wins from the men's and women's basketball teams to take an early lead in the season.
The Boilermakers' look to snap a five-match Big Ten Dual slide on Sunday, after falling at Michigan State University last weekend, 20-13, with wins in just four of the 10 bouts. Three Purdue starters hold rankings in the latest InterMat individual rankings, led by junior Luke Manuel's No. 6 spot at 174 pounds. Manuel leads the nation with 34 wins this season, tied for 15th all-time at Purdue in single season victories, and has given up just seven takedowns in 36 matches. Fellow junior Logan Brown is 13th in the country at 197 pounds at 28-8 overall, while freshman Cashé Quiroga is 17th at 125 pounds with a 22-8 record this season. Sunday's contest is a homecoming for Quiroga, who graduated from Lawrence North last year and posted a third-place finish at the 2009 Indiana State High School Championships for the Wildcats.
Indiana hosts Big Ten rival Michigan on Friday night, entering the weekend fresh off a 23-18 loss to No. 5 Minnesota at Bloomington South High School last Saturday. The Hoosiers have half their starting lineup ranked by InterMat, including undefeated bookends in top-ranked 125-pound senior Angel Escobedo and No. 2 heavyweight senior Nate Everhart. Everhart is second in the conference with 29 wins on the year, while Escobedo is just behind at 27-0. Junior Kurt Kinser is sixth in the country at 157, classmate Paul Young is 12th at 165, and sophomore Matt Powless rounds out the list with the No. 15 nod at 197.
While Indiana appears a heavy favorite in the overall records and national rankings, the Boilermakers hold a huge edge this season with a 5-0 head-to-head record among starters this season. Purdue junior Colton Salazar has three straight wins over Kinser at 157 pounds, including a 7-5 sudden victory decision in the Eastern Michigan Open championship match in November. The Boilermaker and Hoosier starters went head-to-head in four contest at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, with the Old Gold and Black sweeping the day, 4-0. Junior Juan Archuleta topped freshman Danny Monaco at 141 pounds, 6-1, senior Nick Bertucci blanked senior Matt Coughlin at 149 pounds, 4-0, Manuel edged Indiana senior Trevor Perry at 174 pounds, 2-1, and Brown took down Powless at 197 pounds, 3-2.
With the Hoosiers favored at 125, 165 and 285 pounds on paper, the contest should see important swing bouts at 133 and 184 pounds. Purdue junior Akif Eren is set to face either sophomore Matt Ortega or freshman Geno Capezio at 133 pounds, while Boilermaker senior Nick Corpe is scheduled to square off with junior Eric Cameron at 184 pounds.
The doors to Lawrence North High School Gymnasium will open at noon on Sunday, with tickets set at $5, while children 5 and under gain free admission. Live results for the contest will be available at PurdueSports.com, courtesy of the NWCA Scorebook, while match updates will be available at the Purdue Wrestling Twitter Page.