No. 22 Purdue (8-7, 2-6 B1G) at No. 18 Wisconsin (7-3, 4-3 B1G)**
Sunday, Feb. 18 / 1 p.m. ET
UW Field House / Madison, Wisconsin
**Wisconsin wrestles Rutgers at home Friday
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 22 Purdue will close out the regular season at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday. The dual, the last one for both teams and the final on the Big Ten Conference's schedule, is set for a 1 p.m. ET start from the UW Field House.
The Boilermakers received 60 points to hold steady at No. 22 for a second week in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. Purdue has been ranked throughout the regular season, a span of 13 polls, for the first time since 2012-13 and it is also just the fourth time in the program's history a team has been ranked throughout the regular season (2012-13, 1998-99, 1991-92).
Four Boilermakers retained a spot on this week's InterMat rankings, with each slightly shifting. Prior to last week, it had been five years since Purdue had four ranked wrestlers in its lineup: Camden Eppert (125), Cashé Quiroga (133), Ivan Lopouchanski (149) and Braden Atwood (197) were ranked for the entire 2012-13 season.
Nate Limmex (141) improved one spot to No. 15 with a third straight win. At 125 pounds, Luke Welch moved back one spot to No. 18 after his loss to No. 10 Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern. His 14 straight weeks in the national rankings is the longest since older brother Chad was ranked in 13 of the 2015-16 season's 19 polls. Also feeling movement was Shawn Streck (285), who dropped two spots to No. 17 with his loss to NU's unranked Conan Jennings.
Despite a win over Northwestern's No. 19 Johnny Sebastian last week, Dylan Lydy went from No. 11 to 12 at 174 pounds, while Oklahoma's Yoanse Mejias posted two decisions over unranked competition and jumped two spots to No. 10. David Kocer of South Dakota State is ranked 11th with a head-to-head win over Lydy at Midlands.
NCAA COACHES' PANEL RANKINGS, RPI
The NCAA released the second of four coaches' panel rankings and the first reveal of the rating percentage index for the 2017-18 wrestling season on Feb. 8. Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the NCAA Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. Rankings extend to 33 wrestlers.
For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. To be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.
The RPI rankings require a minimum of 17 matches against other Division I competition to earn a ranking. The RPI factors winning percentage, opponent winning percentage and opponents' opponent winning percentage.
Seven Boilermakers are included among both the coaches' and RPI rankings.
The next release of coaches' panel rankings and RPI are a critical component with the announcement of conference allocations for NCAAs. On Feb. 22 the Boilermakers will know where they need to finish individually at the Big Ten Championships (3/3-4) in order to earn an automatic NCAA bid.
The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Championships.
• Three rematches are projected for Sunday ... in their very first matches of the season at the Michigan State Open, Ben Thornton defeated Jens Lantz 3-1, while Eli Stickley took a 6-3 decision from Nate Limmex ... at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, Andrew Crone broke a 3-3 tie by pinning Griffin Parriott at the 4:44 mark.
• Lydy has started 31 consecutive duals dating to Nov. 13, 2016 ... Jacob Morrissey has started 25 consecutive duals dating to Dec. 19, 2016 ... Limmex has started 23 consecutive duals dating to Jan. 13, 2017.
• Morrissey has scored bonus points in three of his four Big Ten dual match victories (2 MD, 1 TF) with back-to-back major decisions ... he has 10 bonus point wins to his credit this season (4 MD, 3 TF, 3 F), which is tied with Welch for second most on the team ... the 10 wins are also a career best in a season for Morrissey ... over half of his 66 career wins have resulted in bonus points (8 MD, 10 TF, 16 F).
• With 28 wins to his credit with one dual left and the postseason on the horizon, Lydy has already surpassed or matched the win leaders from three of the last four seasons.
• Five wrestlers surpassed or matched the takedown leaders from the last two seasons: Lydy (72), Streck (69), Limmex (66), Welch (64) and Lyon (58).
• Thornton has quietly worked his way to five straight wins ... it is the longest active winning streak and the longest since Welch won six straight from Dec. 30 to Jan. 26 ... three of Thornton's wins in the streak have been by one point ... he is 8-2 in matches decided by one or two points this season.
|125||No. 18 Luke Welch||RS Sr.||24-7||Newburgh, Ind.|
|Devin Schroder||RS Fr.||19-7||Northview, Mich.|
|133||Ben Thornton||RS Jr.||24-8||Stoddard, Wis.|
|141||No. 15 Nate Limmex||RS So.||22-12||Ada, Mich.|
|149||Austin Nash||RS So.||6-17||Florham Park, N.J|
|157||Griffin Parriott||RS Fr.||13-10||New Prauge, Minn.|
|Cole Wysocki||RS So.||12-14||Edwardsville, Ill.|
|165||Jacob Morrissey||RS Sr.||20-14||Oconto Falls, Wis.|
|174||No. 12 Dylan Lydy||RS So.||28-10||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|184||Max Lyon||Fr.||17-12||Dyersville, Iowa|
|197||Christian Brunner||So.||19-7||East Dundee, Ill.|
|285||No. 17 Shawn Streck||RS Fr.||25-11||Merrillville, Ind.|
|Jacob Aven||RS Jr.||9-10||Zionsville, Ind.|