Wrestling Season Preview: Third Installment

Braden Atwood

Oct. 31, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In the third and final installment of the 2013-14 Purdue wrestling season preview, PurdueSports.com looks at the clarity of 197 and the battle between young and old at 285 pounds.

197 pounds
This is one weight class for the Boilermakers without any questions with Braden Atwood. The junior captain has been recognized as a top-15 197-pounder in numerous preseason polls, listed as high as No. 13 by Amateur Wrestling News and W.I.N. Magazine. Atwood went 25-12 last year and earned an automatic berth to his second NCAA Championships, his first at 197, with an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He led the team with 85 points scored in dual action a year ago. Among returners, the Delphi, Ind., native's 25 wins and seven falls rank second and his 35 back points is third.

285 pounds
A pair of wrestlers with experience as a starter, although at different weights, is vying for the job at 285. Redshirt senior Alex White led the way for Purdue as the starter a season ago finishing with a 10-19 record, with seven of his eight Big Ten bouts coming against top-20 competition.

Drake Stein stepped in immediately as a freshman, serving as the 174-pound starter during the 2011-12 season. He tallied a 10-18 mark in his inaugural collegiate season, racking up six pins, one tech fall and one major decision. After taking a redshirt last year, Stein has bulked up and made the move to 285 where he looks to contend with White for the starting role.



Looking for their first opportunity to step on the mat wearing the Old Gold & Black are redshirt freshman Tyler Kral and true freshman Andrew Geers. Kral took home the 220-pound Indiana High School state title as a senior and Geers compiled a 131-29 record with 63 wins via fall, capping off his high school career as the Illinois High School 3A runner-up.

The Purdue wrestling team will contest starting roles at the Black & Gold Matches Saturday at 10 a.m. ET in Lambert Fieldhouse. Eight decisive bouts will take place, along with four exhibition matches. The Black & Gold Matches are free and open to the public.

Black & Gold Bouts
125 - Camden Eppert vs. Luke Schroeder
125 - Aaron Assad vs. Luke Welch (exhibition)
133 - Cashè Quiroga vs. Kyle Ayersman
141 - Nick Lawrence vs. Danny Sabatello
149 - Brandon Nelsen vs. Alex Griffin
157 - Doug Welch vs. Kyle Mosier
165 - Pat Robinson vs. Andy Hoselton
174 - Patrick Kissel vs. Jacob Morrissey
184 - Andy Wiseman vs. Luke Schmit (exhibition)
197 - Braden Atwood vs. Tanner Lynde (exhibition)
285 - Alex White vs. Drake Stein
285 - Tyler Kral vs. Andrew Geers (exhibition)