Feb. 21, 2008
Big Ten Network ~ Free Purdue Boilermakers Video
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling squad wraps up its regular season on Friday, traveling to the 10th-ranked University of Illinois for a Big Ten Dual match on the Big Ten Network. Match time is set for 6 p.m. (EST).
The Boilermakers enter the match at 10-7 overall and 2-5 in conference action. Head coach Scott Hinkel has already sealed himself a spot as one of just three coaches in Purdue's history to have a winning season in his first campaign and has already won more conference duals than the previous two seasons combined. The Purdue lineup features ranked grapplers at 149 and 174 pounds as junior Jake Patacsil jumped to No. 10 in the country at 149 this week, while sophomore Nick Corpe held his No. 17 spot at 174.
Patacsil is 23-6 on the season and 5-2 in Big Ten action, and has ascended several of the Boilermakers' career leader boards this year. He already has more back points than any wrestler in school history, racking up 455 to date, and is tied for ninth all-time in reversals with 31. He stands 11th on both the career falls list and career winning percentage board, boasting 20 career pins and a .735 win tally (74-27). Corpe rolls into Champaign at 23-10 on the season and 4-3 in the conference after battling sickness and a pair of highly-ranked opponents last weekend. His 23 wins on the year are tied with Patacsil for the team lead, while he holds the top spot on the Purdue roster with 70 takedowns on the year.
Other highlights in the Purdue lineup include freshmen A.J. Kissel and Logan Brown, and sophomore Chris Kasten. At 184 pounds, Kissel has already snapped the Boilermakers' single-season pins record this year, sticking 16 opponents, which is also tied for fifth in NCAA Division I. Despite a 2-5 Big Ten mark, Kissel is 21-12 on the season and a threat to pin anyone given the opportunity. Brown joins Kissel in the 20-win club, putting together a 20-11 mark at 197 pounds and a 3-4 Big Ten Dual record. Brown has gained a wealth of experience in his rookie campaign, wrestling 11 matches against ranked opponents, including his last two against second-ranked Northwestern senior Mike Tamillow and third-ranked Penn State senior Phil Davis. Kasten enters the weekend 14-8 on the year and 4-3 in the conference duals, fresh off an impressive pin of then-16th-ranked John Laboranti of Penn State. Kasten is tied for second on the team with five pins, including a pair in Big Ten competition.
The Fighting Illini are 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten, fresh off a 22-11 loss to No. 11 Northwestern on Sunday. With wrestlers ranked in seven of the 10 weight classes, the Illinois lineup is solid top to bottom. Junior Mike Poeta highlights the bunch with a No. 2 national ranking and 24-2 overall record at 157 pounds. Also in the respective top-10 is No. 8 senior 125-pounder Gabe Flores and No. 7 133-pound sophomore Jimmy Kennedy.
Friday marks the Boilermakers' final chance to improve their standings in the impending Big Ten Tournament. Full results will be available upon the matches' completion on www.purduesports.com.