March 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Purdue wrestling team has just one wrestler left in competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, sitting tied for 35th in the team standings with nine points. Senior Luke Manuel battled his way through the wrestlebacks on Friday morning with a pair of narrow victories, while two of his classmates completed outstanding collegiate careers.
Manuel was the lone Boilermaker to advance past the consolation second round and did so in thrilling fashion, taking a 3-1 sudden victory from Rutgers' Alex Caruso. After both wrestlers came close to takedowns a few times in regulation, the match headed into the one-minute sudden victory period tied 1-1. Manuel appeared dead in the water as Caruso snagged a low single, but the Boilermaker senior captain battled the takedown for at least 30 seconds and eventually worked his way around the edge for the two and the win.
In the consolation third round, Manuel came up with his first back points of the year at the right time, using a three-point nearfall for a 4-0 win over Boston's Hunter Meys. After a scoreless first frame, Meys chose bottom in the second period and wound up paying for it. He got into a scramble with Manuel about halfway through the period and spun to his back trying for a reversal. Manuel caught him at the halfway point and held him there for a solid five count to earn three backs and a 3-0 lead. The advantage allowed Manuel to choose neutral in the third period, where the two went scoreless for the final two minutes, giving Manuel a riding-time point and a 4-0 victory.
Manuel advances to the NCAA Round of 12 at 174 pounds and is set to face Penn State's second-seeded Ed Ruth in tonight's session at 7 p.m. Ruth rolled through his first two matches of the championship, but defaulted to seventh-seeded Nick Amuchastegui in the quarterfinals after injuries to his shoulder and knee. Ruth's health status is unknown going into tonight's session, but it's believed that he will take the mat against Manuel.
Senior Colton Salazar
completed a solid collegiate career, suffering a narrow 6-4 decision to Bloomsburg's Frank Hickman in the consolation second round. Salazar was up early, scoring a first-period takedown, but surrendered two takedowns in the third for the final difference. Salazar finishes with 74 career victories and was a four-time NCAA qualifier for Purdue. He tallied 224 career takedowns for the Old Gold and Black, good for 16th all-time on the Boilermaker record list.
Classmate Logan Brown suffered the same fate at 197 pounds, dropping a 9-6 decision to Missouri's Brent Haynes in the consolation second round. Like Salazar, Brown took an early lead with a pair of first-period takedowns, but Haynes chipped away at the lead, tying it in the second and pulling away in the third. Brown amassed 109 career victories at Purdue, becoming of 16 wrestlers in school history to eclipse the century mark, and was one of six Boilermakers wrestlers to ever surpass 300 career takedowns, finishing sixth all-time with 335.
Tonight's session is set to begin at 7 p.m. (ET) and will air live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. The winners of tonight's Round of 12 matches earn All-America honors and earn at least 3.5 team points.
1. Cornell - 61.0
1. Penn State - 60.5
3. Iowa - 52.0
4. American - 49.0
5. Oklahoma State - 44.5
6. Wisconsin - 41.0
7. Lehigh - 37.0
8. Arizona State - 35.0
8. Boise State - 35.0
10. Minnesota - 32.0
T-35. Purdue - 9.0
125 Pounds: Camden Eppert
Preliminary Round - lost to #7 Ryan Mango (Stanford), D 9-11
Consolation Preliminary Round - lost to Alan Bartelli (Boise State), D 0-4
157 Pounds: Colton Salazar
1st Round - def. Aaron Sulzer (Eastern Michigan), MD 13-4
2nd Round - lost to #1 Adam Hall (Boise State), D 2-6
Consolation 2nd Round - lost to Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg), D 4-6
174 Pounds: Luke Manuel
1st Round - def. Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra), D 5-2
2nd Round - lost to #1 Jon Reader (Iowa State), MD 0-13
Consolation 2nd Round - def. Alex Caruso (Rutgers), SV 3-1
Consolation 3rd Round - def. Hunter Meys (Boston), D 4-0
Consolation Round of 12 - #2 Ed Ruth (Penn State)
184 Pounds: A.J. Kissel
1st Round - lost to #5 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming), Fall 6:41
Consolation 1st Round - lost to Austin Trotman (Appalachian State), D 4-7
197 Pounds: #10 Logan Brown
1st Round - def. Shawn Fendone (Edinboro), MD 13-4
2nd Round - lost to #7 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh), D 2-3
Consolation 2nd Round - lost to Brent Haynes (Missouri), D 6-9