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Filius seals Purdue's 20-18 win at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When Purdue wrestling sophomore Parker Filius' teammates needed him most he came through, gutting out a 4-2 overtime decision to seal a 20-18 dual victory over Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletics Center on Sunday. Filius' win was 1-of-6 for the Boilermakers on the day as they improved to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten Duals on the season.

The win marks the third straight road dual victory for head coach Tony Ersland and the Boilermakers in six days and was their first over Rutgers in program history. It was only the fifth meeting between the two schools (fourth since Rutgers joined the Big Ten), and Purdue has now beat 12 of the 13 other conference opponents in a dual.

Senior Nate Limmex got things going for the Boilermakers at 149 pounds, using takedowns in each period to knock off Gerard Angelo 9-6, and eighth-ranked freshman Kendall Coleman followed suit at 157 pounds for Purdue, scoring in the first and the third for a 6-2 victory over Mike Van Brill.

Purdue's 6-0 lead was wiped with a fall at 165 pounds, but No. 4 senior Dylan Lydy righted the ship at 174 with his 24th win of the season. Lydy turned up the heat in the third period, scoring a trio of takedowns to secure an 11-3 major decision and give the Boilermakers a 10-6 lead.

Rutgers picked up back-to-back wins at 184 and 197 as No. 23 Billy Janzer struck in overtime to edge Max Lyon 3-1, and No. 5 senior Christian Brunner was forced to injury default in the third period to No. 18 Jordan Pagano, despite leading 1-0 with a significant riding time advantage and only 1:11 left to wrestle. The nine-point swing pushed Rutgers ahead 15-10 with only four matches left in the dual.

No. 25 freshman Thomas Penola started the climb back for the Boilermakers, rallying in the final minute to force overtime and then sealing a 6-4 victory over Matthew Correnti in the extra period. Correnti held a 3-1 edge with riding time late in the third, but Penola escaped and then put the pressure on the Scarlet Knight, scoring a takedown and nearly adding back points before time expired. The pressure continued in overtime as Penola picked up the takedown and the win to make it a 15-13 Rutgers lead.

No. 6 junior Devin Schroder tacked on another bonus point win over a ranked opponent at 125 pounds, scoring three takedowns and a reversal in his 9-1 major decision over No. 14 Nic Aguilar. Schroder posted two takedowns in the first, another in the second and reversed Aguilar in the third to hit the 20-win mark on the season and put Purdue back on top 16-15.

Rutgers answered at 133 and regained the lead with a 6-0 decision for 10th-ranked Sammy Alvarez over Purdue freshman Travis Ford-Melton, leaving the match in the hands of the respective 141-pound wrestlers for the two teams.

Rutgers rookie JoJo Aragona struck first, scoring a first-period takedown to take a 2-1 lead after the first period against Filius. Filius knotted the score in the second with another escape point, leaving the match tied 2-2, but holding a 1:05 riding-time disadvantage as Aragona took the bottom position in the third. Filius put together a monster ride in the third, keeping Aragona on the mat for the full two minutes and forcing the match into overtime. From there Filius kept on the attack, hitting a single-leg shot and then outscrambling Aragona for the finish, the individual win and the team victory.

Purdue opens a three-match home stretch Friday, hosting Minnesota in Holloway Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. ET start. The match will air live on BTN+ and FloWrestling.

Results:
149: Nate Limmex (PUR) def. Gerard Angelo (RUT), D 9-6
157: No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. Mike Van Brill (RUT), D 6-2
165: Jackson Turley (RUT) def. Tanner Webster (PUR), Fall 3:45
174: No. 4 Dylan Lydy (PUR) def. Anthony Oliveri (RUT), MD 11-3
184: No. 23 Billy Janzer (RUT) def. Max Lyon (PUR), SV 3-1
197: No. 18 Jordan Pagano def. No. 5 Christian Brunner (PUR), Injury Default 5:49
285: No. 25 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Matthew Correnti (RUT), SV 6-4
125: No. 6 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. No. 14 Nic Aguilar (RUT), MD 9-1
133: No. 10 Sammy Alvarez (RUT) def. Travis Ford-Melton (PUR) , D 6-0
141: Parker Filius (PUR) def. JoJo Aragona (RUT), SV 4-2

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