Feb. 17, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team closes out its 2011-12 dual schedule this weekend, heading to Oregon Clay High School near Toledo, Ohio to face No. 25 Central Michigan University (CMU) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Boilermakers and Chippewas meet for the second time in a week as Purdue earned a 27-9 victory over CMU last Sunday in the opening round of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Boilermakers sit 9-10 overall after last weekend's split at National Duals, topping the Chippewas, but falling to the top-seeded hosts from Cornell, 29-6. This meeting marks the first time since 2004 that Purdue has met the same team in dual competition twice in the same season as the Boilermakers met Wisconsin three times that year. Purdue hasn't beat a team twice in the same season since 1989, when they took a pair of duals from conference rival Michigan State, wrestling just six days apart.
"It's a unique situation and provides both teams with a challenge," said Boilermaker head coach Scott Hinkel. "We'll see a lot of the same guys and look to repeat last weekend's result, while they'll be looking to bounce back and flip things their way."
After last weekend's victory, Purdue holds a 6-4 series edge over CMU and snapped a three-match slide against the Chippewas. Sunday marks the fifth meeting between the two schools on neutral turf, with each side winning a pair of duals. Competing in a state that features some of the most highly-regarded high school wrestling in the nation, this weekend's neutral site is an attempt to promote NCAA Division I wrestling in the Toledo area as it is the second-largest city in the state without a Division I program (behind Cincinnati).
"We want to see Division I wrestling grow, and one of the best ways to do that is take it places that don't have it and put on a show," Hinkel said. "As an Ohio native, I know there are a lot of huge wrestling fans in the state and they love the opportunity to see great wrestling. We look to give that to them on Sunday."
Last Sunday's dual featured seven Boilermaker victories, including key wins by sophomore Kyle Mosier and senior A.J. Kissel. Mosier used a third-period takedown to upset Chippewa freshman Mike Ottinger at 165 pounds, 5-4, as Ottinger went into the match ranked in the most recent NCAA Coaches' Poll and RPI standings. Kissel picked up the lone bonus points of the match, needing just 1:31 to stick CMU senior Chad Friend at 197 pounds and seal the match. Kissel's pin was the 47th of his career, tying Hinkel for the Boilermakers' career record. Another pin on Saturday would make Kissel the all-time leader at Purdue, to go along with his single-season record of 19 falls in 2008.
The three CMU wins last Sunday came from freshman 174-pounder Anthony Bill, fourth-ranked, 184-pound junior Ben Bennett and 17th-ranked heavyweight senior Peter Sturgeon. Bill took a 10-5 decision from Purdue freshman Drake Stein, Bennett topped 19th-ranked Boilermaker rookie Braden Atwood, 7-2, and Sturgeon edged sophomore Alex White, 5-2. The Chippewas also had to forfeit the 125-pound weight class after not weighing in a wrestler at that weight, and spotted the Boilermakers six points to start the dual. CMU's probable entry at 125 pounds this weekend is 16th-ranked freshman Joe Roth, who leads the Chippewas with 29 wins this season.
Live results will be available of this Sunday's action via TrackWrestling.com and the @PurdueWrestling Twitter Page.