WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team kicked off the 2013-14 season with the Black & Gold Matches Saturday in Lambert Fieldhouse. Eight bouts contested starting roles, along with a handful of exhibition matches.
"This was a great way to start off the season," head wrestling coach Scott Hinkel said. "We had a lot of competitive matches and put on a great show for all of the fans that came out. I'm happy with how our team is coming along. Now that we've had a look at the guys in a dual setting, we'll go back to work to prepare for next week."
Camden Eppert put on an impressive offensive showing to open the Black & Gold Matches with a 19-5 major decision over redshirt sophomore Luke Schroeder at 125 pounds. Eppert took down Schroeder twice in the first period, taking a 4-2 lead into the second. Starting from bottom, the redshirt senior reversed Schroeder and tilted him to earn three nearfall points, pushing his lead to 9-2. He closed out with three more takedowns and another three-point nearfall, racking up 4:32 worth of riding time.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Ayersman's three-point nearfall midway through the third period lifted him to a 5-3 upset of Cashè Quiroga. Quiroga held a 2-1 advantage heading into the final two minutes thanks to a first-period takedown. Working from top, Ayersman got the redshirt senior into position for the count to earn nearfall points to take a 4-2 lead. Receiving choice following blood time taken by Quiroga, Ayersman tacked on an escape for a 5-2 advantage. Riding time acquired by Quiroga gave him his third point.
At 141, redshirt junior Nick Lawrence nabbed the starting role with a 7-4 decision against redshirt sophomore Danny Sabatello. Brandon Nelsen took down Alex Griffin once in the first and second periods and twice in the third en route to a 10-1 major decision at 149.
Doug Welch's escape at the start of the final period was the difference in a 5-4 decision at 157 against Kyle Mosier. The redshirt senior struck first by taking down Welch at 2:12, only to have Welch answer with a reverse seconds later. Mosier added an escape and Welch struck for the takedown and a 4-3 edge to close out the opening period. The bout deadlocked at 4-4 in the second period with a Mosier escape.
Back-to-back major decisions were recorded at 165 and 174 by Pat Robinson and Patrick Kissel, respectively. The two redshirt juniors combined for nine takedowns and over 3:30 worth of riding time. Robinson registered a 10-2 victory over Andy Hoselton and Kissel downed true freshman Jacob Morrissey 15-2.
Andy Wiseman controlled Luke Schmit in the second period to earn a 10-2 major decision in a Black & Gold 184-pound exhibition match. Also in exhibition, Braden Atwood took down Tanner Lynde midway through the second period and added two more takedowns in the final three minutes to post an 8-1 decision.
The final bout to impact starting roles saw redshirt senior Alex White take a 3-0 decision courtesy of a second-period escape and two stalling calls against redshirt sophomore Drake Stein.
In a pair of exhibition matches that pitted true freshmen against each other, Luke Welch notched a 5-2 decision over Aaron Assad and Josh Farrell controlled the second and third periods with Cody Pae en route to a 14-4 major decision. Andrew Geers made his debut at 285 with a 5-3 decision against redshirt freshman Tyler Kral.
The Boilermakers will have one week to prepare for their first tournament of the season when they travel to the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 8.
Black & Gold Results
125 Camden Eppert maj. dec. Luke Schroeder, 19-5
133 Kyle Ayersman dec. Cashè Quiroga, 5-3
141 Nick Lawrence dec. Danny Sabatello, 7-4
149 Brandon Nelsen maj. dec. Alex Griffin, 10-1
157 Doug Welch dec. Kyle Mosier, 5-4
165 Pat Robinson maj. dec. Andy Hoselton, 10-2
174 Patrick Kissel maj. dec. Jacob Morrissey, 15-2
184 (exhibition) Andy Wiseman maj. dec. Luke Schmit, 10-2
184/197 (exhibition) Braden Atwood dec. Tanner Lynde, 8-1
285 Alex White dec. Drake Stein, 3-0
125/33 Luke Welch dec. Aaron Assad, 5-2
133/41 Josh Farrell maj. dec. Cody Pae, 14-4
285 Andrew Geers dec. Tyler Kral, 5-3