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Scouting the Competition Of the 33 teams listed to have wrestlers in the tournament, a dozen appear in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (12/3). Top-25 teams in addition to the 19th-ranked Boilermakers include: No. 25 Boise State, No. 6 Cornell, No. 16 Iowa State, No. T20 Michigan, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 12 Northern Iowa, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. T20 Oregon State, No. 13 Virginia and No. 14 Virginia Tech.
Other participating teams include: Air Force, American, Army, Arizona State, Brown, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, California Baptist, Citadel, Colorado State-Pueblo, Grand Canyon, Harvard, Hofstra, Navy, NC State, North Idaho, Rutgers, San Francisco State, Utah Valley, Western Wyoming, Wyoming. Participating teams as of Dec. 2
The first major tournament of the season with team scoring features 19 squads that scored at the 2013 NCAA Championships, 11 of which finished among the top 25.
The tournament field contains 79 wrestlers currently ranked by Intermat, 37 of which are among the top 10 in their respective weight class. The 125-pound bracket is loaded with 10 of the top-25 grapplers, while 149 and 285 boast nine listed individuals.
Purdue returns to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational after a two-year hiatus. In 2010 the Boilermakers tied Cal State Bakersfield for eighth with 68.5 points. Four grapplers had podium finishes, led by a runner-up performance from Logan Brown at 197. Camden Eppert also wrestled in the tournament as a redshirt freshman, posting an 0-2 record.
A pair of Boilermakers have taken top-honors at the tournament, with Chris Fleeger taking the 125-pound title in 2002 and a year later it was 174-pounder Ryan Lange. In all there have been 24 Boilermakers to place among the top eight.
Purdue Team Finishes and Placewinners Since 2002
Name, Weight, Place
Chris Fleeger, 125, 1st; Clovis Crane, 157, 8th; Ryan Lange, 174, 7th
Ryan Lange, 174, 1st; Ben Wissel, 184, 6th
Chris Fleeger, 133, 2nd; Doug Withstandley, 149, 8th; Ben Wissel, 184, 4th; Nate More, 197, 8th; Jake O'Brien, HWT, 5th