CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- Purdue put on a dominating performance Saturday at the Journeymen/My House Northeast Duals. In the first dual action of the season, the Boilermakers combined to take 27 of 30 bouts as they defeated LIU Post (49-0), No. 22 North Carolina (31-6) and Hofstra (33-7) at Shenendehowa High School East.
"I thought we won a lot of tough situations, which won us a lot of tight matches," Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. "I liked our demeanor and how we competed in hard situations today. I thought that won us a lot of matches and even helped us open up some matches because we stayed strong late. Our focus going forward is going to be on scoring points and separating ourselves from our competition."
The third period was the difference maker for Purdue (3-0, 0-0 B1G) in its upset of North Carolina, outscoring the Tar Heels 36-12. In addition to the team upset, Dylan Lydy and Christian Brunner each knocked off top-10 opponents. Ninth-ranked Ethan Ramos held a 4-2 advantage over Lydy going into the final frame at 174 pounds. Lydy took Ramos down three times, including a blast with just seconds remaining, for a 9-7 decision.
"That was the biggest win of Dylan Lydy's career," Ersland said. "I thought it was very important that he had to go get takedowns in the third period, which is where he had sometimes struggled. I think that is a huge confidence booster for Dylan and how he is going to compete moving forward."
Lydy's win is the first over a top-10 opponent in a match wrestled since Danny Sabatello's 11-6 decision of Minnesota's 11th-ranked Tommy Thorn on March 5, 2016.
Trailing No. 10 Danny Chaid 1-0 at the start of the third period, but with a significant riding time advantage, Brunner evened the score at 1-1 with an escape. The 18th-ranked 197-pounder took Chaid down late in the period to seal the victory and added 2:11 of riding time for a 4-1 decision.
"This win is another building block for Christian," Ersland said. "He's a veteran by now, having gone through a lot of tough battles, so we knew he would battle tough and stay in there. It increases your belief when you start beating ranked opponents."
Purdue earned bonus points in 15 matches Saturday, recording four major decisions, five technical falls, three pins and received three forfeits.
True freshman Max Lyon major decisioned his three opponents, becoming the first Boilermaker to record three-or-more consecutive major decisions since Chad Welch in January 2016. The 184-pounder outscored his opponents 33-7, moving his record to 5-1.
Griffin Parriott (157) was credited with one of Purdue's three pins. Wrestling in his first official match for the Boilermakers, the redshirt freshman jumped off the whistle, taking LIU Post's TJ Fabian down, rolled him and got the fall in a mere 39 seconds. The New Prauge, Minnesota, native, overcame a 3-2 deficit to UNC's Kennedy Monday late in the final frame with a takedown and a four-point nearfall to win 8-3.
"Max and Griffin believe in themselves and they work hard in the room," Ersland said. "I like their attitude because they don't use age as a handicap. They go out there, they wrestle hard and they get their hand raised a lot. I am excited for them to see what they can become over the next 4-5 months. I think they are going to come a long way over the course of this season."
Ben Thornton and Jacob Morrissey each pinned an opponent and scored a technical fall at 133 and 165 pounds, respectively. No. 16 Luke Welch and Devin Schroder earned technical falls splitting time at 125. Welch's came against Hofstra's Jacob Martin, 16-1 in 7:00. Schroder got the nod against LIU Post, disposing of Nick Conetta, 18-0 in 1:18.
The Boilermakers will return to the East Coast for tournament action next weekend, traveling to Annapolis, Maryland, for the Navy Classic on Nov. 18.
• The 49 points against LIU Post marked the first time the Boilermakers have put 40-or more points on the board since a 48-0 win over Ashland on Feb. 19, 2014 ... the 49 points are the most points scored since Nov. 17, 2012, when Purdue put 59 points on the board against both Loras and Calumet St. Joseph.
• Four grapplers made their first-ever dual start Saturday: Devin Schroder (125), Griffin Parriott (157), Max Lyon (184) and Shawn Streck (285) ... Schroder, Parriott and Lyon scored bonus points with a technical fall, pin and major decision, respectively, in their first starts ... Streck prevailed in sudden victory in his first dual match -- he received a forfeit from LIU Post.
• Both of Purdue's redshirt seniors, Jacob Morrissey and Luke Welch, reached the 50-career win plateau.
• With 22 back points, Morrissey jumped to No. 7 on Purdue's career back points list, pushing his career total to 208 ... he has 32 back points in eight matches this season.
• The upset of No. 22 North Carolina marked the 30th dual victory for fourth-year head wrestling coach Tony Ersland.
PURDUE 49, LIU POST 0
125 / Devin Schroder (Purdue) def. Nick Conetta (LIU Post) / TF, 18-0 (1:18)
133 / Ben Thornton (Purdue) def. Bryan Romero (LIU Post) / F, 3:42
141 / Nate Limmex (Purdue) won by forfeit
149 / Austin Nash (Purdue) def. Joe Calderone (LIU Post) / D, 3-2
157 / Griffin Parriott (Purdue) def. TJ Fabian (LIU Post) / F, 0:39
165 / Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) def. Jackson Mordente (LIU Post) / F, 3:55
174 / Dylan Lydy (Purdue) def. Dan Arkow (LIU Post) / D, 12-5
184 / Max Lyon (Purdue) def. Dan McClure (LIU Post) / MD, 10-1
197 / No. 18 Christian Brunner (Purdue) def. Robert Pease (LIU Post) / MD, 14-2
285 / Shawn Streck (Purdue) won by forfeit
PURDUE 31, No. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 6
125 / No. 16 Luke Welch (Purdue) won by forfeit
133 / Ben Thornton (Purdue) def. Zach Sherman (North Carolina) / D, 7-4
141 / Nate Limmex (Purdue) def. A.C. Headlee (North Carolina) / D, 6-4
149 / No. 15 Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) def. Austin Nash (Purdue) / F, 6:22
157 / Griffin Parriott (Purdue) def. Kennedy Monday (North Carolina) / D, 8-3
165 / Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) def. Anderson Pope (North Carolina) / D, 10-7
174 / Dylan Lydy (Purdue) def. No. 9 Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) / D, 9-7
184 / Max Lyon (Purdue) def. Adis Radoncic (North Carolina) / MD, 12-3
197 / No. 18 Christian Brunner (Purdue) def. No. 10 Danny Chaid (North Carolina) / D, 4-1
285 / Shawn Streck (Purdue) def. Cory Daniel (North Carolina) / D, 6-4 (SV1)
PURDUE 33, HOFSTRA 7
125 / No. 16 Luke Welch (Purdue) def. Jacob Martin (Hofstra) / TF, 16-1 (7:00)
133 / Ben Thornton (Purdue) def. Vinny Vespa (Hofstra) / TF, 16-0 (5:12)
141 / Nate Limmex (Purdue) def. Connor Burkert (Hofstra) / TF, 19-4 (7:00)
149 / Ryan Burkert (Hofstra) def. Austin Nash (Purdue) / D, 2-0
157 / Griffin Parriott (Purdue) def. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra) / D, 6-2
165 / Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) def. Sage Heller (Hofstra) / TF, 16-0 (3:00)
174 / Dylan Lydy (Purdue) def. Bobby Fehr (Hofstra) / D, 8-2
184 / Max Lyon (Purdue) def. Cory Damiana (Hofstra) / MD, 11-3
197 / No. 18 Christian Brunner (Purdue) def. Nezar Haddad (Hofstra) / D, 6-3
285 / No. 11 Michael Hughes def. Shawn Streck (Purdue) / MD, 8-0