Dec. 5, 2011
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Purdue freshman Brandon Nelsen claimed the 141-pound title at the inaugural Maryville/Kaufman Brands Open at Maryville University on Sunday, leading a small group of Boilermakers competing at the event. Nelsen was 4-0 on the day, improving to 11-4 on the season, including three pins.
Nelsen opened his day against Missouri freshman Trevor Jauch, pinning the Tiger rookie in 6:26, and followed with a second fall, sticking Ouachita Baptist's Anthony Melillo in 2:03. Nelsen's lone decision of the day came in the semifinals, where he fell just shy of a major decision with a 10-3 victory over Missouri junior Nick Hucke. He got back to his pinning ways in the finals, needing just 2:21 to stick Josh Myers of Ouachita Baptist (a NCAA Division II school in Arkadelphia, Ark.). Nelsen's 11 victories and five falls this season are both a team best for the Boilermakers.
The only other varsity Boilermaker grappler on the trip was fellow freshman Pat Robinson, who turned in a sixth-place effort at 157 pounds. Robinson turned in a 4-3 effort on the day, winning all four matches by decision and falling to a pair of Missouri wrestlers and one from the host Saints. He posted back-to-back decisions over Colbey Garrison of Baker University and Missouri's Jacob Guerrant before dropping a technical-fall loss to tournament champion Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in the quarterfinals. He bounced back in the consolation bracket, downing Jeremy Miller of King College, 13-6, and Bobby Williams of Ouachita Baptist, 8-1, but lost in the consolation semifinals to Missouri's Austin Lindsay, 3-1. Robinson came up just shy in the fifth-place bout as well, suffering a 5-4 loss to Joey Moorhouse of Maryville.
True freshman Chad Welch and Preston Quam offered up fifth and sixth-place efforts, respectively, at 165 and 197 pounds in unattached competition. Welch was 4-2 with an 18-1 technical fall over Dimitri Willis of Maryville in the fifth-place match, while Quam was 2-2 with a pair of pins before defaulting the sixth-place match to Baker's Jake Nowak.
The Boilermakers open up Big Ten Duals this Friday, hosting Michigan State University in Holloway Gymnasium at 7 p.m.