Ready to Rumble

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Head Coach Jesse Reyes enters his 15th season at the helm of the Boilermaker wrestling program.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Head Coach Jesse Reyes enters his 15th season at the helm of the Boilermaker wrestling program.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 3, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University wrestling team opens its season tomorrow traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the Eastern Michigan Open. This is the Boilermakers' second straight year in the tournament as they claimed a pair of titles at last year's event.

The Boilermakers will be entering 18 wrestlers in the tournament, highlighted by returning 197 lb. champion Nathan Moore. Moore posted a pair of two-point decisions in the opening rounds before registering his first pinfall of the year in the semifinals. He capped the run with a narrow 2-1 decision over Michigan's Casey White to take home the crown. Moore enters this season ranked ninth in the country at 197 lbs. in the National Wrestling Coaches of America polls, and is the third-highest ranked Big Ten wrestler in the class.

Also placing in last year's tournament were sophomores Nick Corpe (174 lbs.) and Jake Patacsil (141 lbs.), who placed fourth and fifth in their respective classes. Corpe went 5-1 in the tournament, including a 1:12 pinfall, while Patacsil was 4-2 with a technical fall and a pair of major decisions.

Several Boilermaker grapplers will be seeing their first varsity collegiate action. Freshman Cameron Doggett will look to climb the 133 lb. podium, while classmates Nick Bertucci and Justin DeArment will battle in the 141 lb. class. Eric Howe and Sam Patacsil will see action in the 157 lb. weight class, while rookies Justin Fraga and Jason Martin will cut their teeth among the 165 pounders. Capping the list of newcomers is heavyweight Chris Kasten.

"We're trying to come home with as many championships as possible," said head coach Jesse Reyes. "We want to make sure we control our matches from start to finish. This also gives us an opportunity to see who will be stepping up in each of the weight classes."

Weigh-ins for the tournament are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with wrestling to commence at 10 a.m.