Nov. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 23 Purdue wrestling team will get its season underway Saturday at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich. Action from Jenison Field House is set for a 9 a.m. ET start. Seventeen Boilermakers will be making their season debut at the tournament that features an Open and Freshman/Sophomore Division. Matches will run throughout the day, with the finals and medal matches starting at 6 p.m.
"We're excited to finally get out and compete," head wrestling coach Scott Hinkel said. "Our guys are excited and ready to wrestle someone they haven't been training with the past month. We want to go out this weekend and set the tone for the season. With an open tournament before our first dual, we want to see who is going to step up and compete. If someone that won at the Gold & Black Matches doesn't perform this weekend, that starting role is back up for grabs. We want these guys to prove that they deserve to be the starter."
A pair of Boilermakers enter the tournament armed with national ranking: No. 17 Brandon Nelsen at 149 pounds and No. 13/14 Braden Atwood at 197. Nelsen is one of 10 grapplers that have previously wrestled at the Michigan State Open during their career. He placed fifth in the Open Division at 141 as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Kyle Mosier took top Freshman/Sophomore Division honors at 165 and Alex White placed third at 285 in 2010.
True freshmen Aaron Assad (125), Luke Welch (133), Cody Pae (141), Joshua Farrell (149), Riley McClurg (157), Jacob Morrissey (174) and Andrew Geers (285) will wrestle unattached. Pae, McClurg and Geers will compete in the Freshman/Sophomore Division, while the others are entered in the Open Division.
Teams registered to send wrestlers include: Bucknell, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Edinboro, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Indiana Tech (NAIA), Kennedy King (NJCAA), Kent State, Lindsey Wilson (NAIA), Manchester (DIII), Michigan State, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame College (DII), Ohio State, Ohio, Olivet (DIII), Pitt, Tiffin (DII), Trine (DIII) and United States Military Academy Preparatory School.
Live scoring will be available via TrackWrestling.com. Access the tournament by clicking Browse // Tournaments // Search // Michigan State Open.