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Notes: No. 20 Purdue at No. 18 Michigan, No. 1 Penn State

January 10, 2014


No. 20 Purdue (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) at No. 18 Michigan (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Friday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. ET | Cliff Keen Arena | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Tickets

Purdue Notes | Michigan Notes
Contains rankings, season and career stats, records and much more

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No. 20 Purdue Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125   Camden Eppert R-Sr. 7-6 Anderson, Ind.
133   Cashé Quiroga R-Sr. 6-3 Indianapolis, Ind.
    Kyle Ayersman R-Fr. 7-8 Dyer, Ind.
141   Danny Sabatello R-So. 13-7 Long Grove, Ill.
149   Brandon Nelsen R-Jr. 10-7 Indianapolis, Ind.
    Alex Griffin R-Fr. 15-8 Lafayette, Ind.
157   Kyle Mosier R-Sr. 0-3 Yorktown, Ind.
165   Chad Welch R-So. 8-7 Newburgh, Ind.
165/74   Andy Hoselton R-So. 5-7 Chenoa, Ill.
174   Patrick Kissel R-Jr. 8-7 Sheboygan, Wis.
184   Tanner Lynde R-Fr. 5-5 Delphi, Ind.
197 13/16 Braden Atwood R-Jr. 16-5 Delphi, Ind.
285   Alex White R-Sr. 5-10 Mt. Vernon, Ind.

Head Coach Scott Hinkel | Assistant Coaches Pete Rogers, Chris Fleeger
Volunteer Assistant Coach Tommy Churchard

No. 18 Michigan Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125   Conor Youtsey R-Fr. 10-6 Parma, Mich.
    Sean Boyle R-Sr. 17-5 Lowell, Mass.
133 15/20 Rossi Bruno So 12-7 Brandon, Fla.
141   Angelo Latora R-Fr. 4-8 Portage, Mich.
149 13/12 Eric Grajales R-Sr. 11-6 Brandon, Fla.
157 12/16 Brian Murphy Fr. 9-2 Carol Stream, Ill.
165 7/7 Dan Yates R-Sr. 10-2 Hesperia, Mich.
174   Collin Zeerip R-Jr. 14-5 Fremont, Mich.
184   Domenic Abounader Fr. 7-3 Gates Mills, Mich.
197   Chris Heald R-Jr. 6-10 West Bloomfield, Mich.
285 2/2 Adam Coon Fr. 20-0 Fowlerville, Mich.

Head Coach Joe McFarland | Assistant Coaches Sean Bormet, Donny Pritzlaff
Volunteer Assistant Coach Josh Churella

Series History: Purdue vs. Michigan
• The Boilermakers and Wolverines have met 68 times dating back to 1924, with Michigan leading the all-time series 52-15-1. When wrestling on its home mat, Michigan is 27-7-1 against Purdue.

• After winning nine straight duals, Purdue ended the streak last season with a 19-18 victory on its home mat on Feb. 3, 2013, its first win over the Wolverines since an 18-16 victory in Ann Arbor on Feb. 7, 1998. The two teams each won five weights, but it was a fall Braden Atwood and a major decision from Brandon Nelsen that lifted that pushed the Boilermakers past Michigan.

Scouting the Wolverines
• Less than a week after the Midlands Championships, Michigan won seven of the first nine weights, and captured bonus points in four bouts, to surpass Maryland, 28-10. Friday's dual is the first Big Ten competition of the season for the Wolverines.

• At 197, Braden Atwood has defeated Chris Heald in three meetings this season, posting 4-1 and 5-2 decisions at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational in early December and a 4:22 pin at the Midlands Championships three weeks later. Other familiar foes include Camden Eppert and Sean Boyle at 125; Cashé Quiroga and Rossi Bruno at 133; and Chad Welch and Dan Yates at 165.

• Half of the Michigan lineup appears in the most recent Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat rankings, led by second-ranked true freshman Adam Coon, who is taking the 285-pound weight class by storm. Coon has defeated all seven of the nationally ranked heavyweights he has faced and is 5-0 against opponents that are currently ranked among the top six. His 20-0 start is the best for a true freshman in the program's history.

No. 20 Purdue at No. 1 Penn State (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. ET | Rec Hall | University Park, Pa.

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No. 1 Penn State Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125 2/2 Nico Megaludis Jr. 16-2 Murrysville, Pa.
133 13/9 Jimmy Gulibon Fr. 9-7 Latrobe, Pa.
    Jordan Conaway So. 13-5 Abbottstown, Pa.
141 2/2 Zain Retherford Fr. 17-0 Benton, Pa.
149 15/7 Andrew Alton Jr. 3-0 Mill Hall, Pa.
    Zack Beitz Fr. 9-6 Mifflintown, Pa.
157 14/5 Dylan Alton Jr. 6-0 Mill Hall, Pa.
    James Vollrath Sr. 10-6 Richboro, Pa.
165 1/1 David Taylor Sr. 17-0 St. Paris, Ohio
174 3/3 Matt Brown Jr. 17-1 West Valley City, Utah
184 3/2 Ed Ruth Sr. 16-1 Harrisburg, Pa.
    Wes Phipps Fr. 5-4 Grove City, Pa.
197 8/8 Morgan McIntosh So. 16-2 Santa Ana, Calif.
285 11/12 Jimmy Lawson Jr. 15-1 Tom's River, N.J.
    Jon Gingrich Jr. 18-3 Wingate, Pa.

Head Coach Cael Sanderson | Associate Head Coach Cody Sanderson
Assistant Head Coach Casey Cunningham | Assistant Coach Nick Fanthorpe

Series History: Purdue vs. Penn State
• Sunday's dual marks the 15th meeting between the two programs dating back to 1970. Penn State leads the series 1-12-1 and is 5-1 against the Boilermakers when wrestling at home. Purdue's lone win in the series came on Feb. 24, 2002, on the Nittany Lions' mat, 21-17.

• Wrestling in West Lafayette on Jan. 20, 2013, Penn State won nine of 10 bouts, four of which received bonus points, en route to a 35-3 win. Ivan Lopouchanski posted the only decision for Purdue at 149 pounds.

Scouting the Nittany Lions
• Winners of the last three NCAA team titles, Penn State enters the dual after capturing its fourth-straight Southern Scuffle title on Jan. 2. In their seven dual victories, the Nittany Lions have held five opponents to single digits. Sunday's matchup with Purdue is Penn State's Big Ten opener.

• The Nittany Lions boast a top-12 individual at all 10 weights, six of which are among the top five at their respective weight class. Andrew and Dylan Alton are projected to return to the lineup for their first dual action of the season after off-season shoulder surgery. Both made their season debut at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28. Andrew is ranked seventh at 149 and Dylan, a 2012 All-American, is fifth at 157.

Team ranking source USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll (1/7)
Individual ranking sources Amateur Wrestling News (1/7) / InterMat (1/7)

Up Next for the Boilermakers
• A trip to Ashland, Ohio, for the Wendy's Duals is on deck for Purdue. The Boilermakers will first battle with the host, Ashland (NCAA Division II), followed by a dual against Northern Illinois.

• Purdue is 18-8-1 all-time against the Huskies and has won the past four meetings, including a 37-0 shutout in their last meeting on Nov. 17, 2012, in Deklab, Ill.

• It will be the 10th meeting between the Boilermakers and Eagles and the first since 2011, where the Old Gold and Black brought home a 30-9 victory. Purdue has taken seven consecutive dual wins from Ashland, all of which have been on the Eagles home mat.

Last Time Out: No. 14 Atwood Upsets Iowa's No. 11 Burak
• Riding time accumulated in the second period was the difference maker as 14th-ranked Braden Atwood upset No. 11 Nathan Burak of Iowa, 5-4, in Bradley-Bourbonnais High School on Jan. 3. The win at 197 pounds was the lone victory for Purdue, now 3-2, 0-2 Big Ten, as the Hawkeyes (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) won nine weights en route to their first Big Ten dual win of the season, 30-3.

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