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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue senior Jake Patacsil looks to defend his 2007 Eastern Michigan Open title on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue senior Jake Patacsil looks to defend his 2007 Eastern Michigan Open title on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 30, 2008

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  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team opens its 2008-09 schedule on Saturday with its annual trip to the Eastern Michigan Open, hosted by the Eagles in Bowen Field house. It will mark the fourth straight season the Boilermakers have kicked off their season in Ypsilanti, Mich. as wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

    The tournament field typically consists of several of the region's top teams, including 10th-ranked Michigan, No. 11 Northwestern and No. 18 Central Michigan, and this year should be no exception. A non-scoring event, the Boilermakers have won four individual Eastern Michigan Open titles and posted 21 place-winning performances in the past three years. They have tallied a 162-78 record in those three seasons, including a 69-29 mark last year in Scott Hinkel's head coaching debut.

    Senior Jake Patacsil is set to defend his 2007 title at 149 pounds as he rolled through the tournament to open last season. Patacsil was 5-0 on the day with a pin and three technical falls and headlines the Boilermakers' 20-man tournament roster this season, along with 2007 placewinners Murphy, Luke Manuel, Logan Brown, Sam Patacsil, A.J. Kissel and John Doyle. Murphy took third at 157, Manuel was second at 165, Brown was third at 197, Sam Patacsil and A.J. Kissel finished sixth at 157 and 184, and Doyle took third at 165, wrestling unattached from the Purdue squad.

    The Boilermakers boast a quartet of wrestlers who earned preseason rankings from the InterMat/NWCA poll, headlined by Jake Patacsil and Manuel. The pair are respectively ranked seventh at 149 and 165 pounds, and Manuel is the top-ranked 165-pound wrestler in the Big Ten. Kissel sits at No. 11 in the country at 184 pounds, while Brown was tagged 13th at 197 pounds.

    For more tournament information visit emueagles.com, and for Purdue's team results after the tournament's conclusion visit purduesports.com.