April 29, 2009
AKRON, Ohio - Several Purdue wrestlers put on some solid performances at the 2009 ASICS Freestyle National Championships, hosted at the University of Akron this weekend. Boilermaker sophomore Roger Vukobratovich led the group capturing eighth place at 120 kg (264.5 lbs) with a 3-3 tournament record.
The only Boilermaker to place on the weekend, Vukobratovich rolled straight to the quarterfinals with two straight victories. He knocked off The Citadel's Ivan Muller in his opener, 0-1, 2-0, 1-1, and followed up with a 6-0, 5-1 victory over Jake Elkins of the Black Knights Wrestling Club. He fell in the quarters to the Minnesota Storm's Atticus Disney, getting caught in a headlock and pinned at 0:15, but bounced back in the wrestlebacks with a 0-1, 1-0, 1-0 comeback win over Brendan Barlow of Golden Pride Wrestling. Unfortunately for Vukobratovich, his day ended with a pair of losses, falling to Maryland's Pat Gilmore and Penn State's Cameron Wade.
Junior Nick Bertucci had the most tournament wins for the Boiler Elite Wrestling Club, going 4-2 at 70 kg (154.5 lbs). He kicked off his tournament with a 5-3, 7-1 win over Aaron Sulzer of Advantage Wrestling, but fell in the second round to tournament runner-up Albert White. Bertucci rebounded with three straight wrestleback wins, toppling Robert Gulla of Falcon Training, 4-0, 8-0, pinning Pittsburgh's Christian Fagan, 6-0, 0:23, and edging out Anwar Goeres of Binghamton, 2-4, 1-1, 3-0. Bertucci's wrestleback run ended there with a 7-2, 4-1 loss to West Virginia's Brandon Rader.
Classmate Sam Patacsil had a similarly impressive performance at 70 kg, winning his first three matches and advancing to the quarterfinals before losing a pair. Patacsil rolled through his first three, posting a 7-0, 5-5, 9-3 technical fall of Duquesne's Anthony Clark, taking down Bulldog Wrestling's Ryan Medved, 7-0, 1-3, 4-1, and sweeping Eric Terrazas of the Illini Wrestling Club, 4-1, 1-0. Patacsil dropped his quarterfinal matchup to the eventual tournament champion, Brett Robbins of Panther Wrestling Club, 4-0, 2-1, and followed with a narrow 2-3, 3-3, 2-1 loss to fourth-place finisher Mitch Mueller of the Cyclone Wrestling Club.
Sophomores Akif Eren
and Juan Archuleta
were both solid at 60 kg (132.3 lbs) as Eren was 3-2 on the day and Archuleta was 2-2. Eren won his opener over Samuel Carrisalez of Lake Erie Wrestling, 7-0, 6-2, but fell in his second-round match against Cornell's Mike Grey. Eren came back in the consolation bracket, taking down Ashland's Kyle Kanaga, 3-0, 3-1, and beating Penn State's Jack Chidester by fall, 1-0, 0:55. Eren was finally ousted from the tournament by Central Michigan's Connor Beebe, 6-0, 2-1.
Archuleta had a similar opening-round win, edging Bloomsburg's Jason Guffey, 1-0, 1-0, but advanced to face NCAA All-American Brandon Precin of Northwestern in the second round, 7-0, 1-1, 3-0. Archuleta countered with a 1-0, 1-1 victory over Davidson's Alex Radsky in his wrestleback opener, but fell in the following match, suffering a 1:57-fall to Gabriel Romos of the Bobcat Wrestling Club.
Sophomore Luke Manuel went 2-2 at 79 kg (174 lbs), rebounding from a first round loss to win a pair of consolation matches before bowing out of the tournament. He dropped his opener to Bloomsburg's Rickey Schmelyun, 1-0, 3-2, but came back to topple Penn State's Matt Dodds, 6-0, 4-0, and edge out his Nittany Lion teammate, Justin Ortega, 1-0, 1-1. Manuel's tournament run ended against Illinois' Jordan Blanton, pushing the Big Ten 184-pound standout to three rounds, but falling 1-0, 1-2, 1-1.
Purdue rookie Matt Manuel had a pair of tough losses at 63 kg (139 lbs), falling to Dave Zilverberg of the Minnesota Storm, 1-1, 7-0, and Sean Collins of Golden Pride Wrestling, 4-6, 5-2, 6-0.
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