March, Mat Madness Begins for Wrestlers
March 1, 2018

Big Ten Championships

Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4 / Breslin Center / East Lansing, Michigan

Notes / Facebook LIVE / Highlight Reels: Lower Weights, Middle Weights, Upper Weights

Big Ten Championships Info: Pre-seeds / Brackets, Results / Tournament Central / Tickets

NCAA Qualifier Allocations

Session I

Saturday, March 3 / 10 a.m. ET
Competition through quarterfinals, consolation first round
Live Video: Mat 1 / Mat 2 / Mat 3 / Mat 4

Session II
Saturday, March 3 / 6 p.m. ET
Competition through semifinals, consolation third round, first round of matches for weight classes wrestling to ninth place for NCAA qualifying purposes
Live Video: Mat 1 / Mat 2 / Mat 3 / Mat 4

Session III
Sunday, March 4 / Noon ET
Semifinal matches for the weights wrestling to ninth place, consolation semifinals, seventh- and ninth-place matches
Live Video: Mat 1 / Mat 2 / Mat 3 / Mat 4

Session IV
Sunday, March 4 / 3 p.m. ET / BTN
Championship finals, third- and fifth-place matches
Live Video: Finals Mat / Third-Place Mat / Fifth-Place Mat

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The entire season comes down to what happens over the course of two days at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Purdue's wrestlers will go to battle on four mats at Michigan State's Jack Breslin Student Events Center in the first of two sessions Saturday starting at 10 a.m. ET. Their goal: earn a berth to the NCAA Championships.

Eight Boilermakers go into East Lansing with a pre-seed. The pre-seeds, as voted on by the conference's coaches, rank the top eight wrestlers in seven weight classes, along with all 14 starters in three weight classes due to the Big Ten receiving nine or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes.

Seeds will be finalized at Friday's coaches meeting and will be announced in conjunction with the release of tournament brackets.

Purdue wrestling's weekly Facebook LIVE show has hit the road alongside the team. The show, hosted by Hunter Massingill, will go live throughout the two-day tournament, starting with a post-practice report Thursday evening. Friday afternoon Hunter and a member of the coaching staff will go through the brackets, discussing the Boilermakers' matchups. He'll be live again between sessions I and II on Saturday and prior to the start of session III on Sunday.

125 6 Luke Welch RS Sr. 25-7 Newburgh, Ind.
133 8 Ben Thornton RS Jr. 25-8 Stoddard, Wis.
141 5 Nate Limmex RS So. 23-12 Ada, Mich.
149 11 Austin Nash RS So. 6-18 Florham Park, N.J.
157 Griffin Parriott RS Fr. 14-10 New Prague, Minn.
165 10 Jacob Morrissey RS Sr. 20-15 Oconto Falls, Wis.
174 4 Dylan Lydy RS So. 29-10 Indianapolis, Ind.
184 Max Lyon Fr. 17-13 Dyersville, Iowa.
197 6 Christian Brunner So. 20-7 East Dundee, Ill.
285 7 Shawn Streck RS Fr. 26-11 Merrillville, Ind.

• The Boilermakers received 76 points and climbed one spot to No. 21 in the final USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll ... Purdue was ranked throughout the regular season, a span of 14 polls, for the first time since 2012-13 ... 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).

• The final ranking of No. 21 is the highest finish for an Ersland-coached squad in his four years at the helm ... it is the highest final ranking since the 2012-13 Boilermakers closed out the season ranked 14th.

• Four Boilermakers retained their positions on this week's InterMat rankings: No. 18 Luke Welch, No. 14 Nate Limmex, No. 12 Dylan Lydy and No. 17 Shawn Streck ... prior to the Feb. 6 edition of rankings, 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.

• With 29 wins, Lydy has surpassed last season's win leaders, and Streck, with 26 wins, has matched them (Alex Griffin, Ben Thornton) ... Thornton (25) and Welch (25) are one why shy of matching, while Limmex (23) is three wins shy.

• Lydy (29), Welch (25), Limmex (23) and Jacob Morrissey (20) have racked up more wins this season compared to last season ... Limmex and Lydy have nearly doubled their win totals from last season, with 11 and 13 more wins, respectively.

• Lydy (75) and Streck (74) have surpassed or matched the takedown leaders from the past three seasons ... their takedown totals are the most since Quiroga had 94 in 2013-14 ... Limmex (68), Welch (66) and Lyon (58) have surpassed the takedown leaders from 2015-16.

• This will be the first Big Ten Championships for Austin Nash, Griffin Parriott, Lyon and Streck ... four of the six that have previously wrestled in the Big Ten Championships will be at a different weight class in 2018 ... at Big Tens in 2015, Welch competed at 125 as a redshirt freshman ... Christian Brunner (197) is the only Boilermaker that will be competing at the same weight as last year's Big Tens.

• It is the second consecutive season Purdue will have a true freshman competing at Big Tens with Lyon ... prior to Brunner last year, it had been five years since a true freshman wrestled for the Boilermakers at Big Tens (Drake Stein, 174, 2012) ... Lyon is one of nine true freshmen projected to be in action at Big Tens.

• Going into the 2017 Big Ten Championships, Purdue had four wrestlers with 20-or more wins ... this year seven Boilermakers take records with 20-or more wins into the tournament.

• Although Purdue has seven wrestlers that are freshmen or sophomores, Purdue is one of nine teams that have four or fewer Big Ten Championships first-timers.

• Per pre-seed information, half of the lineup for five teams will be competing in their first Big Ten Championships ... Michigan State and Nebraska project a lineup with eight wrestlers that will be wrestling in their first Big Ten Championships ... on the flip side, Ohio State's lineup only has two wrestlers making their Big Ten Championships debut.

• Per pre-seed information, 157 is the most seasoned weight class with only three wrestlers competing in their first Big Ten Championships ... 133, 149 and 197 project to have eight wrestlers making their Big Ten Championships debut.



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