EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The 21st ranked Purdue wrestling team opened Big Ten Duals in solid fashion on Friday night, upending conference host Michigan State University, 26-10, at Jenison Field House. The Boilermakers improve to 10-2 overall and open conference duals with a victory for the second straight season as they captured seven of the 10 bouts, including three with bonus points.
Freshman 174-pounder Chad Welch got things rolling early for the Boilermakers, building a 5-0 lead on Michigan State freshman Jordan Wohlfert before using a slick roll-through from a front headlock for the takedown and fall, and giving the Purdue a 6-0 lead.
"Chad gave us the spark we needed early," said Boilermaker head coach Scott Hinkel. "We knew we would have to bring the fight to them and he set the tempo for the rest of the squad."
The Boilermakers and Spartans split the next two matches to give Purdue a 12-7 lead at the intermission. The Spartans got an 11-1 major decision from sophomore John Rizqallah at 184 pounds and an 8-1 decision from eighth-ranked junior heavyweight Mike McClure, but the Boilermakers countered with a 2-0 decision from 12th-ranked junior Braden Atwood at 197 pounds over sophomore Luke Jones and a 6-2 decision for junior Camden Eppert over junior Brenan Lyon at 125 pounds.
Purdue went to work after the break, posting three straight victories, including a pair of major decisions, to seal up the team victory. Seventeenth-ranked junior Cashé Quiroga opened up the run, using an 11-point final period to score a 17-7 major decision over sophomore Brandon Fifield at 133 pounds. Sophomore Brandon Nelsen followed with a dominant 8-1 decision at 141 pounds over freshman Nicholas Trimble, and 11th-ranked senior Ivan Lopouchanski put the victory to bed with a 9-1 major decision over Spartan senior Dan Osterman.
Lopouchanski set off fireworks early, hitting an inside trip and taking Osterman straight to his back for a five-point move. Osterman put forth an incredible gutsy effort, fighting off his back for almost the full three minutes of the frame. After a few minutes of blood time for Osterman, the match restarted and Lopouchanski held on to control, scoring takedowns in the second and third periods to pick up the bonus point and remain undefeated at 15-0 on the year.
With the team result decided, the two squads split the final bouts as Michigan State senior David Cheza remained undefeated with a 10-4 decision over Purdue senior Tommy Churchard, while Boilermaker sophomore Pat Robinson fought back from an early deficit to earn a 7-5 decision over Spartan sophomore Nick Proctor.
The Boilermakers stay on the road in Big Ten action on Sunday, heading to Iowa City, Iowa to face the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes. The match will begin at 5 p.m. (CT) and is scheduled to air on the Big Ten Digital Network.
174: Chad Welch (PU) def. Jordan Wohlfert (MSU), Fall 3:37 (PU 6 – MSU 0)
184: John Rizqallah (MSU) def. Andy Wiseman (PU), MD 11-1 (PU 6 – MSU 4)
197: Braden Atwood (PU) def. Luke Jones (MSU), D 2-0 (PU 9 – MSU 4)
285: Mike McClure (MSU) def. Alex White (PU), D 8-1 (PU 9 – MSU 7)
125: Camden Eppert (PU) def. Brenan Lyon (MSU), D 6-2 (PU 12 – MSU 7)
133: Cashé Quiroga (PU) def. Brandon Fifield (MSU), MD 17-7 (PU 16 – MSU 7)
141: Brandon Nelsen (PU) def. Nicholas Trimble (MSU), D 8-1 (PU 19 – MSU 7)
149: Ivan Lopouchanski (PU) def. Dan Osterman (MSU), MD 9-1 (PU 23 – MSU 7)
157: David Cheza (MSU) def. Tommy Churchard (PU), D 10-4 (PU 23 – MSU 10)
165: Pat Robinson (PU) def. Nick Proctor (MSU), D 7-5 (PU 26 – MSU 10)