Oct. 29, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Blake Wrestling Center was full on Saturday as the Boilermakers opened up the 2011-12 season with their annual intra-squad wrestle-offs. Head coach Scott Hinkel put together his initial depth chart of the season off the results as the Boilermaker competed in about 30 matches on the afternoon.
"It was a great afternoon for our guys," said Hinkel. "We got in a lot of matches and everyone competed hard."
The two large brackets on the day were at 157 and 165 pounds, where junior Tommy Churchard won the five-man bracket at 157 and freshman Chad Welch was victorious at 165. Churchard topped freshmen Doug Welch and Cody Robertson on his way to the finals, where he beat Robinson, 3-1, on a last-second takedown. Welch didn't give up a point on the day, beating sophomore Cameron Vlahos, 3-0, and sophomore Kyle Mosier, 2-0.
Some of the other thrilling matches on the day came at 174 and 285 as sophomore Patrick Kissel held off freshman Drake Stein at 174 and junior Adam Walls took a second tie-break win from senior Roger Vukobratovich, 5-3. Kissel had Stein under control, leading 10-1 going into the third, but Stein took Kissel to his back in the final period and nearly got the pin. Kissel fought off his back and held on for the decision. Walls and Vukobratovich went back and forth with escapes through 10 minutes of wrestling, but Walls managed to escape and turn straight into a double-leg takedown for the late win.
Pins on the day came from senior A.J. Kissel, sophomore Cashé Quiroga and freshmen Braden Atwood, Brandon Nelsen and Dominique Price, while sophomore Camden Eppert had a pair of technical falls. Patrick Kissel and junior Ivan Lopouchanski each had a technical fall and Quiroga, Mosier and freshman Doug Welch had major decisions.
"We want to thank everyone who came out today to watch and support our program," said Hinkel. "We're excited about this season and we're glad to see that our fans are too. It's going to be a great year."
The Boilermakers get their official season underway next Saturday at the Eastern Michigan Open.
2011 Purdue Wrestle-Offs
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011
11 a.m. - Blake Wrestling Center
Match Weight Wrestlers Result
2 - 165 Cameron Vlahos vs. Andy Hoselton D 4-1
4 - 133 Cashé Quiroga vs. Matt Fields MD 15-2
5 - 141 Jake Fleckenstein vs. Rusty Maness D 7-3
6 - 174 Patrick Kissel vs. Andy Wiseman TF 16-0
8 - 157 Tommy Churchard vs. Cody Robertson D 5-0
11 - 165 Kyle Mosier vs. Austin Kunze MD 15-5
14 - 285 Adam Walls vs. Alex White D 3-2
16 - 133 Matt Fields vs. Danny Sabatello D 4-2
17 - 149 Ivan Lopouchanski vs. Brock Norton TF 21-6
18 - 157 Doug Welch vs. Dustin Schultz MD 9-1
19 - 165 Andy Hoselton vs. Austin Kunze D 6-4
20 - 184/197 Braden Atwood vs. Preston Quam Fall 4:37
22 - 141 Jake Fleckenstein vs. Brandon Nelsen D 5-2
23 - 174 Patrick Kissel vs. Drake Stein D 12-7
24 - 285 Roger Vukobratovich vs. Alex White D 8-3
25 - 125 Camden Eppert vs. Dominique Price TF 18-2
26 - 133 Cashé Quiroga vs. Danny Sabatello Fall 1:09
27 - 157 Tommy Churchard vs. Pat Robinson D 3-1
29 - 157/165 Cody Robertson vs. Andy Hoselton D 10-5
Winners in BOLD