Wrestling Knocks Off No. 24 Purdue, 20-13

Feb. 7, 2010

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State wrestling team won several close bouts and held off a feisty Purdue squad en route to a 20-13 win on Sunday afternoon at Jenison Field House. With the win, MSU improved to 8-5-1 and 2-3 in the Big Ten while No. 24 Purdue fell to 10-9 and 1-5 in the conference.

"Purdue is a good team and we had to fight hard for the win today, so I was pleased with our effort and our kids gave it everything they had," said MSU head coach Tom Minkel.

After Purdue's Cashe Quiroga opened the dual with a 14-4 major decision over MSU's Brennan Lyon at 125 pounds, the Spartans' Franklin Gomez responded for the Green and White with a technical fall. Taking on the Boilermakers' Matt Fields at 133 pounds, Gomez got a quick takedown and scored six more near fall points in the first period for the early lead. The fourth-ranked Gomez controlled the remainder of the bout with over six minutes of riding time for the 17-1 win.

With MSU leading 5-4, the Spartans' Dan Osterman defeated No. 20 Juan Archuleta, 8-5, in a thriller at 141 pounds. Osterman led, 2-1, after the first period, but in the second, Archuleta fought back with an early escape, followed by a takedown. Osterman got an escape near the end of the period to cut the deficit to 4-3 entering the third period. Starting the third in the defensive position, Osterman got an escape to tie the score at four and then went on the offensive, getting a reversal and to grab a 6-4 lead. Osterman gave up another escape point before sealing the bout with a takedown in the final seconds for an 8-5 win.

The Spartans' 12th-ranked David Cheza made it three consecutive wins for MSU as he defeated Purdue's Nick Bertucci, 8-2, at 149 pounds and extended the team lead to 11-4. Cheza led just 2-1 entering the third period but after an escape, Cheza got a takedown and near fall and picked up his 20th win of the season.

Purdue's Colton Salazar won a tight bout at 157 pounds, holding off MSU's Anthony Jones Jr. for a 4-3 decision. With the score tied at two at the start of the third, Jones began in the offensive position and let Salazar escape to take a 3-2 lead. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Salazar was called for stalling - tying the match at three. Salazar prevented Jones from scoring in the final seconds and won the match, 4-3, with riding time.

Kyle Bounds gave MSU a 14-7 lead when he defeated Purdue's Jason Martin at 165 pounds. Bounds got two first-period takedowns and held Martin to just three escape points en route to the 6-3 decision.

At 174 pounds, the Spartans' Ian Hinton gave sixth-ranked Luke Manuel a battle but takedown with 12 second remaining in the third period gave Manuel the win. With the score tied at four in the third, Manual broke the stalemate when Hinton was called for stalling and later got the takedown for a 7-4 decision - cutting MSU's lead to 14-10.

The closely-contested bouts continued at 184 pounds when MSU's Curran Jacobs and Purdue's Nick Corpe went to overtime. After a scoreless first, Corpe took a 3-0 lead with an escape and takedown before Jacobs fought back to tie it with an escape and takedown of his own. After Corpe got an escape just before the second period ended, Jacobs picked up an escape early in the third to make the score 4-4. With neither wrestler able to score anymore points in the third, the bout went to overtime where 36 seconds in, Jacobs took down Corpe for the 6-4 win.

"In overtime there I just gave it every last bit of energy I had into that takedown," said Jacobs.

In the 197-pound bout, No. 11 Logan Brown defeated Tyler Dickeson, 4-2. The score was tied through two periods, but Brown got an escape in the third and added another riding-time point to make the score 17-13 MSU heading into the find dual.

In the day's final bout, Alan O'Donnell sealed the win for the Green and White when he defeated Purdue's Adam Walls, 1-0; giving the Spartans the 20-13 victory.

Michigan State will return to action at Penn State on Friday (Feb. 12) for a 7:30 p.m. dual with the Nittany Lions.

"Hopefully, we can build off this and use what we learned and give two good, solid performances next week at Penn State and Ohio State," Minkel said.

Michigan State 20, No. 24 Purdue 13

125: Cashe Quiroga maj. dec. Brennan Lyon, 14-4; Purdue leads, 4-0
133: No. 4 Franklin Gomez tech. fall Matt Fields, 17-1; MSU leads, 5-4
141: Dan Osterman dec. No. 20 Juan Archuleta, 8-5; MSU leads, 8-4
149: No. 12 David Cheza dec. Nick Bertucci, 8-2; MSU leads, 11-4
157: Colton Salazar dec. Anthon Jones Jr., 4-3; MSU leads, 11-7
165: Kyle Bounds dec. Jason Martin, 6-3; MSU leads, 14-7
174: No. 6 Luke Manuel dec. Ian Hinton, 7-5; MSU leads, 14-10
184: Curran Jacobs dec. Nick Corpe, 6-4 SV; MSU leads, 17-10
197: No. 11 Logan Brown dec. Tyler Dickenson, 4-2; MSU leads, 17-13
HWT: Alan O'Donnell dec. Adam Walls, 1-0; MSU wins, 20-13