EAST LANSING, Mich. -- With 16 seconds left in sudden victory in a dual-deciding bout at 285 pounds, Jacob Aven converted a single-leg attack for the winning takedown while lifting No. 20 Purdue over Michigan State 18-14 at Jenison Fieldhouse on Sunday. The Boilermakers (7-9, 3-6 B1G) rallied from a 14-6 deficit by taking the last four weights, two in sudden victory and another decided on riding time, in their final Big Ten Conference dual of the season.
Aven defeated MSU's Chase Beard, who he was giving up 63 pounds to, 6-4 in the final match of the dual. The redshirt senior found momentum early with a takedown late in the first period and led throughout until Beard escaped to start the third period. The overtime win is the fourth of the season for Aven (10-17).
Purdue gained momentum to set the stage for Aven's dual-clinching victory thanks to a sudden victory decision by No. 11 Dylan Lydy, Max Lyon's upset of 15th-ranked Spartan Cameron Caffey and a decision from No. 11 Christian Brunner.
Lydy took care of Michigan State's Drew Hughes six seconds into sudden victory to win 4-2 at 174 pounds. Hughes matched Lydy's first period takedown with an escape late in the opening stanza and riding time accumulated by taking top in the third. The NCAA qualifier moved to 22-6 in his redshirt junior campaign while picking up his third overtime victory of the season.
A strong first period and 1:22 of riding time proved to be the difference in Lyon's 7-6 upset of Caffey in the ensuing match at 184 pounds. Lyon registered a pair of first period takedowns, but Caffey worked his way back into the match with a reversal at the end of the first and a takedown in the third. Caffey stands as the highest ranked opponent Lyon has knocked off in his young career, pushing his sophomore mark to 20-9. Lyon brought Purdue within two points, 14-12, with as many matches to go.
Brunner gave the lead to the Boilermakers with a 10-3 showing against Brad Wilton at 197. The two-time NCAA qualifier went for two-and-two, a takedown and two-point nearfall, in the first and third periods. He improved his junior season record to 18-7 with the win.
Ben Thornton (17-7) and Nate Limmex (16-12) had decisions for the Boilermakers in the front half of the dual. Thornton, ranked 15th at 133 pounds, blanked Anthony Tutolo 2-0 for the 85th win of his career. Limmex survived a late rally from Austin Eicher for a 6-5 decision at 141 pounds.
Purdue will trek to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to take on Central Michigan at 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 in the regular season finale.
125 / No. 7 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) def. Marshall Craig V (Purdue) / TF, 18-2 (6:16)
133 / No. 15 Ben Thornton (Purdue) def. Anthony Tutolo (Michigan State) / D, 2-0
141 / Nate Limmex (Purdue) def. Austin Eicher (Michigan State) / D, 6-5
149 / Jaden Enriquez (Michigan State) def. Parker Filius (Purdue) / D, 5-4
157 / Jake Tucker (Michigan State) def. No. 13 Griffin Parriott (Purdue) / D, 5-3
165 / Austin Hiles (Michigan State) def. Cole Wysocki (Purdue) / D, 4-1
174 / No. 11 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) def. Drew Hughes (Michigan State) / D, 4-2 (SV1)
184 / Max Lyon (Purdue) def. No. 15 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) / D, 7-6
197 / No. 11 Christian Brunner (Purdue) def. Brad Wilton (Michigan State) / D, 10-3
285 / Jacob Aven (Purdue) def. Chase Beard (Michigan State) / D, 6-4 (SV1)