Feb. 14, 2014
No. 24 Purdue (6-7, 1-7 Big Ten) at No. 5 Northern Iowa (10-0, 5-0 MAC)
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. CT | West Gym | Cedar Falls, Iowa
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|No. 24 Purdue Probables|
|125||Camden Eppert||R-Sr.||14-10||Anderson, Ind.|
|133||13/12||Cashé Quiroga||R-Sr.||13-4||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|141||Danny Sabatello||R-So.||19-9||Long Grove, Ill.|
|149||Brandon Nelsen||R-Jr.||14-11||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|157||Alex Griffin||R-Fr.||16-9||Lafayette, Ind.|
|Kyle Mosier||R-Sr.||0-5||Yorktown, Ind.|
|165||Pat Robinson||R-Jr.||10-6||Noblesville, Ind.|
|Chad Welch||R-So.||8-13||Newburgh, Ind.|
|174||Patrick Kissel||R-Jr.||11-11||Sheboygan, Wis.|
|184||Tanner Lynde||R-Fr.||6-12||Delphi, Ind.|
|197||12/12||Braden Atwood||R-Jr.||22-7||Delphi, Ind.|
|285||Alex White||R-Sr.||8-15||Mt. Vernon, Ind.|
|No. 5 Northern Iowa Probables|
|125||5/6||Dylan Peters||R-Fr.||26-4||Denver, Iowa|
|133||1/1||Joe Colon||Sr.||25-1||Clear Lake, Iowa|
|141||20/14||Joey Lazor||Sr.||13-3||McDonough, Ga.|
|Levi Wolfensperger||Jr.||21-7||Denver, Iowa|
|149||Tyler Patten||R-Fr.||18-13||Webster City, Iowa|
|157||Jarrett Jensen||So.||7-10||Rapid City, S.D.|
|165||8/11||Cooper Moore||R-Fr.||21-6||Jackson, Minn.|
|174||19/17||Cody Caldwell||So.||14-9||Waverly, Iowa|
|184||6/5||Ryan Loder||Sr.||9-0||Granite Bay, Calif.|
|197||Jared Bartel||R-Fr.||13-6||Nora Springs, Iowa|
|Basil Minto||Jr.||15-12||Cape Coral, Fla.|
|285||Blaize Cabell||So.||17-11||Independence, Iowa|
Head Coach Doug Schwab | Assistant Head Coach Mark Schwab | Assistant Coach Randy Pugh
Volunteer Assistant Coach Tolly Thompson
Series History: Purdue vs. Northern Iowa
Sunday's dual will be the Boilermakers' first trip to Cedar Falls since 2001 and the first meeting since 2009, when they defeated the Panthers 24-9 in a neutral site dual held in Evanston, Ill. Northern Iowa leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1929, 13-5.
Scouting the Panthers
UNI is coming off of a pair of dramatic home duals last weekend. First, on Feb. 7, the Panthers' recorded a milestone victory, a 24-13 win over Iowa State for their win over the Cyclones since 2004 and its largest margin of victory since a 22-6 drumming in 1951. Two days later, the fifth-ranked Northern Iowa squad escaped an upset bid by Kent State on criteria, 19-18. Dylan Peters' major decision at 125 tied the dual at 18-18, but it was the one-point match point difference (59-58) clinched the Panthers' 11th win. UNI is just one of two undefeated teams in the top 25. Fourth-ranked Cornell is the other unbeaten at 10-0.
The highlight bout of the dual will be at 133 pounds as 13th-ranked Cashé Quiroga meets top-ranked Joe Colon. The senior Panther shocked then-No. 1 A.J. Schopp of Edinboro by decision and pinned then-No. 2 Tony Ramos in 2:37 in the Midlands semifinals and finals, respectively, to rocket to the No. 1 spot at 133, a post he has held for four weeks. During the 2013-14 season, Colon has defeated five top-10 ranked opponents.
Quiroga and Colon are both explosive, high-scoring grapplers. In his 17 matches this season, Quiroga has tallied five decisions, four majors, three falls and one tech fall, including a 19-6 major decision of then-No. 11 Zane Richards of Illinois on Feb. 7. Fifteen of Colon's 25 wins have resulted in bonus points with nine tech falls and a trio of majors and pins. Colon's only loss of the season came at the hands of Ohio State's Johnni DiJulius, a 6-2 decision on Dec. 7. Quiroga defeated the Buckeye, 7-5, on Feb. 3
UNI boasts a pair of top-10 leaders in Colon with his nine tech falls and Peters at 125, who is tied for fifth with 10 pins this season.
Up Next for the Boilermakers
Purdue will have over two weeks off before embarking upon the start of the postseason. The road to Oklahoma City begins with the Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 8-9 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. For more information on the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, click here.
Brandon Nelsen will be wrestling in his 100th match at UNI. The redshirt junior holds a career mark of 61-38, with over 50 percent of his wins resulting in bonus points, and is one of four Boilermakers on the roster to have 60-or more career wins. Redshirt senior Camden Eppert is 63-57 with win No. 60 coming as he upended then-No. 15 Nick Roberts of Ohio State, 5-3, on Feb. 3.
Braden Atwood's 3-1 decision over Illinois' Jeff Koepke on Feb. 7 was career win No. 70 for the redshirt junior. Forty percent of Atwood's career wins have come via fall. The 3-1 decision also marked his 40th dual and 30th Big Ten career wins. He is the only grappler to have 20-or more wins this season with 22.
Cashé Quiroga boasts the most career wins on the team with a record of 73-30 (.765). The redshirt senior has won 41 bonus point matches thus far with 23 major decisions, 10 pins and eight technical falls. He leads the team with 233 points scored and averages 13.7 points per match. Quiroga is also 4-2 against ranked opponents in his final campaign, two of which were ranked among the top 10.
After wrestling the first 21 matches of his Purdue career at 149 for a record of 15-6, including two dual appearances, Alex Griffin made his debut in the lineup at 157 versus Nebraska. The redshirt freshman won his first Big Ten dual match by defeating Ohio State's Randy Languis, 3-1.
Alex White reached the 40-win mark at 285 with a thrilling 7-4 tiebreaker decision of Tyler Houska of Ashland on Jan. 19.
Redshirt sophomore Danny Sabatello racked up his 30th career win as he posted a 10-6 upset of Illinois' then-No. 8 Steven Rodrigues on Feb. 7. It was his second win this season over a top-25 ranked opponent. The 141-pounder leads the way among starters with 10 two-point nearfalls and five three-point nearfalls for 35 back points. Quiroga is second behind Sabatello with 29 back points.
Nelsen is a team-best 3-0 in sudden victory matches this season. Danny Sabatello has also needed extra time on three occasions and owns a 2-1 mark. White has wrestled in the most extended matches with a 3-2 record. Purdue wrestlers are a combined 15-9 in sudden victory or tiebreaker matches.
Six Boilermakers have reached the century mark in career takedowns: Quiroga (365), Eppert (156), Sabatello (116), Nelsen (112), Pat Robinson (105) and Atwood (102). Only Quiroga and Sabatello more than 50 takedowns this season with 71 and 56, respectively.
Of the 196 wins accumulated by Purdue grapplers thus far, 73 have resulted in bonus points (36 falls, 7 TF, 30 MD). The Boilermakers win with bonus points 37 percent of the time they step on the mat.