Wrestling Opens Season With Inaugural Gold & Black Dual Despite the 16-16 tie score, the Black team prevailed due to NCAA criteria.
Sophomore Pat Robinson earned the Boilermakers' starting job at 165 pounds on Saturday.
Oct. 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling kicked off the 2012-13 season on Saturday, hosting the inaugural Gold & Black Dual at the Blake Wrestling Center in Lambert Fieldhouse. The two squads tied on the day, 16-16, with the Black team earning the dual victory based on the NCAA tiebreaking criteria, outscoring the Gold team in overall team points, 46-36.
"This is the start of a great tradition here at Purdue," said head coach Scott Hinkel. "We filled our wrestling room with fans today and put on a great show. Our fans definitely showed us that we'll have to move this to a bigger venue next year."
The two teams were picked earlier this week by some of the Boilermaker captains, and the score was evident that they selected some very even and competitive squads. Junior 125-pounder Camden Eppert got the day underway with a 3-1 overtime victory over highly-touted freshman Kyle Ayersman, giving the Gold team a 3-0 lead. Fellow junior captain Cashé Quiroga bolstered Gold's lead at 133 pounds, scoring early and often in an 18-5 major decision over freshman Danny Sabatello.
Sophomores Brandon Nelsen and Nick Lawrence took it down to the wire at 141 pounds, as Nelsen used the bout's only point to secure a 1-0 victory and a 10-0 lead for the Gold squad, and senior Ivan Lopouchanski pushed Gold's advantage to 13-0 with a 2-0 win over sophomore Frankie Porras at 149.
The tide turned at 157 pounds as senior Tommy Churchard posted the first of five straight wins for the Black team. Churchard came up just shy of a major decision in a 9-2 victory over sophomore Dustin Schultz, while sophomore Pat Robinson followed with a thrilling 3-2 decision over returning starter Kyle Mosier at 165. Mosier led 1-0 going to the third, but Robinson escaped and finished the match's only takedown to earn the victory.
Freshman Chad Welch used a trio of third-period turns to score a crucial 8-0 major decision over fellow rookie Dion Crowder at 174 pounds, and sophomore Pat Kissel rolled out a 10-3 decision over freshman Tanner Lynde at 184 to tie the team score at 13-13. The 197-pound bout featured a pair of returning starters in sophomores Braden Atwood (up from 184) and Drake Stein (up from 174), and Atwood used strong second and third periods to score the 8-2 decision and give Black its first lead of the day.
Junior Alex White retied the team score at 16-16 at 285 pounds, edging freshman heavyweight Tyler Kral, 3-2, but the scoring difference was not enough and the Black team escaped with the win.
The Boilermakers officially open their season next weekend as the majority of the squad will head up to the Eastern Michigan Open in Ypsilanti, Mich. A full preview of the event will be available this week at PurdueSports.com.