Oct. 30, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In the second installment of the 2013-14 Purdue wrestling season preview, PurdueSports.com will take a look at the Boilermakers that have changed weight classes and the potential ripple effect it can have in the middle of the lineup.
The Purdue wrestling team will contest starting roles at the Black & Gold Matches Saturday at 10 a.m. ET in Lambert Fieldhouse. The Black & Gold Matches are free and open to the public. Bouts will be unveiled Thursday, along with a look at 197 and 285 pounds, in the final installment of the preview.
With the loss of two-time NCAA qualifier Tommy Churchard to graduation, determining who will be the starter at 157 pounds will impact the Boilermakers all the way up to 184 with numerous wrestlers being able to compete at different weight classes. Heading into the Black & Gold Matches, four names are in the mix at 157: Kyle Mosier, Doug Welch, Dustin Schultz and Riley McClurg.
Mosier has competed for Purdue at a wide-range of weights over the course of three years with a career record of 38-38 combined with matches at 164, 174 and 184. The Yorktown, Ind., native, has appeared in the Big Ten Championships each season for the Boilermakers.
Welch is also making the move from 165 to 157. During his initial season, he wrestled all but one of his 22 matches at 165 for a 13-9 record. Seven of his wins resulted in bonus points with four pins, two major decisions and one tech fall.
Redshirt junior Dustin Schultz is the only one out of four contenders that has wrestled at 157, with majority of his action coming at open tournaments. He is 17-16 in two seasons with one dual appearance. McClurg is a true freshman trying to gain an edge amongst the veterans.
Pat Robinson went 23-15 as the starter at 165 pounds last season and his 58 takedowns are the third most among returners. During his redshirt sophomore campaign, Robinson won five-consecutive matches on two occasions, placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open and fifth at the Northern Iowa Open.
Add Chad Welch, who was a NCAA qualifier at 174 pounds in his first season as a Boilermaker, into the conversation of potential starters at 165. Welch finished with a 22-15 record and an eighth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships.
Redshirt sophomore Andy Hoselton is eyeing his dual debut after appearing in five open tournaments in his first year.
Chad Welch could also resume his duties at 174, where WrestlingReport.com has tabbed him 26th in its preseason poll. Another starter from last season, Patrick Kissel, also wants to retain his role. Kissel (21-9) split the load for Purdue at 184 pounds alongside Andy Wiseman (12-8) while battling injuries. He has dropped down a weight class for his redshirt junior campaign, but so has Wiseman.
Preston Quam wrestled his first three collegiate matches at 285 (2-1) before moving to 197 (2-4) for his six other bouts. For his redshirt sophomore season, he has cut to 174. Also providing support is true freshman Jacob Morrissey, who posted a pair of undefeated seasons in high school and won three Wisconsin state titles.
Like Welch at 174, Kissel could also hold steady at his starting role at 184. He made his first appearance in a national poll, checking in at No. 19 in the W.I.N. Magazine preseason 184 list. If Kissel opts to wrestle at 174, a trio of redshirt freshmen is ready for an opportunity to become a starter in their first season of competition: Tanner Lynde, Luke Schmidt and Andrew Hissom.
Lynde, a product of Delphi High School where he was teammates with 197-pounder Braden Atwood, became the first state champion in school history, winning the 189 pound Indiana title in 2012. He also posted the first undefeated season for Delphi with a record of 52-0 as a senior. Schmit and Hissom each were two-time high school state championship qualifiers in Minnesota and Michigan, respectively. Hissom wrestled his way to a podium finish, placing fifth at 189 as a senior.