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Wisconsin bests Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 4 Wisconsin wrestling team went undefeated on their Big Ten Conference tour of Indiana, besting No. 7 Purdue, 27-14, on Sunday afternoon.

At 133 pounds, No. 1 Seth Gross got the first period fall over Travis Ford-Melton. Gross came out firing on all cylinders and recorded the pin in 1:12. This is Gross's fourth pin of the season.

Evan Wick got his second fall of the weekend against Purdue. The No. 3 wrestler at 165 pounds recorded a pin against Purdue's Tanner Webster in just 2:49. On Friday night, Wick pinned Dillon Hooey from Indiana in 3:13.

No. 12 Cole Martin bounced back from a tough loss on Friday night. At 149 pounds, Martin faced No. 15 Griffin Parriott. The Lancaster, Wisconsin, native bested the Boilermaker, 4-2.

Wisconsin's 11th-ranked Johnny Sebastian won a tough battle on Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin's 184 pounder faced Max Lyon in a bout that was a low-scoring battle until the last period, ending in a 6-4 decision in Sebastian's favor.

Tristan Moran saw his first action of the weekend against Purdue's Parker Filius. At 141 pounds, No. 4 Moran got the 6-2 decision over Filius.

Straight from the mat

"It was a great weekend for the team. Any time you go on the road and get two Big Ten wins it's a big deal. But what I liked today was that we had a lot of hustle and a lot of skill. We came close to upsetting a few guys. From where we are in the season, the guys look great. We've got to stay healthy and keep moving forward. We've got two big ones coming up this weekend in Madison so I'm excited to get back and focus on the next thing ahead of us."
- Head coach Chris Bono

"I felt good. I felt relaxed. I had the coaches with me in intermission. I usually get pretty anxious during intermission but I had a lot of people with me. I turned him a couple of times on top so I felt pretty confident after the first one or two turns. I felt comfortable taking more risks and went out there and tried to pin him. My forearms were killing me because I was locking up cradles and holding onto his wrists for so long. I get a lot of credit for using the cradle a lot but I don't really do it that much so to be able to do it this weekend, I'm really starting to feel it from the crossface position instead of just reaching over. It feels really good to go in there and stick two guys in the first period for both of them. That was awesome."
- Redshirt junior Evan Wick

"I've just been trying to get back to my thing, like getting the pace going early and getting into positions I know I'm good. That's been the goal and it's been a long season but I'm finally getting back to where I want to be. The more positions I put myself in, the more I can start pinning guys again. My goal is to get back to scoring bonus points in every match I wrestle and pinning guys because I haven't been putting many guys away this year. It was nice to go out there and do that and keep getting better."
- Redshirt senior Seth Gross

Results:
125 - No. 6 Devin Schroder (PU) over Eric Barnett (UW) by dec. 9-8
133 - No. 1 Seth Gross (UW) over Travis Ford-Melton (PU) by fall 1:12
141 - No. 4 Tristan Moran (UW) over Parker Filius (PU) by dec. 6-2
149 - No. 12 Cole Martin (UW) over No. 15 Griffin Parriott by dec. 4-2
157 - No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PU) over Drew Scharenbrock (UW) by tech. fall 26-11
165 - No. 3 Evan Wick (UW) over Tanner Webster (PU) by fall 2:49
174 - No. 4 Dylan Lydy (PU) over Jared Krattiger (UW) by dec. 5-2
184 - No. 11 Johnny Sebastian (UW) over Max Lyon (PU) by dec. 4-3
197 - Jared Florell (PU) over Taylor Watkins (UW) by SV-1 3-1
285 - No. 5 Trent Hillger (UW) over Thomas Penola (PU) by disqualification

Up next
Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Penn State on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the UW Field House. The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network and the Badgers will honor legendary Hall of Fame Coach and Olympian Bobby Douglas. Sunday, Michigan State comes to town for a Big Ten showdown at 3 p.m. Fans who attend the UW men's basketball game at noon in the Kohl Center will be given free admission to the match by presenting their basketball ticket at the door.

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