Governor's Cup Point On The Line Friday Night
January 30, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the third consecutive Friday night, University Gym will be the site for a top-25 match-up as #21 Indiana collides with #24 Purdue at 7 pm on Jan. 31 for another chapter in the long-time hisotry between in-state rivals. The all-time series leans in favor of IU, owners of a 53-34-3 mark versus the Boilermakers since the first meeting back in 1923. Admission is free and the first 300 fans to arrive receive a pair of plastic cauliflower ears that have garnered national attention this week.
Indiana then hits the road Sunday for a match at #2 Minnesota. The Hoosiers and Gophers are set to get after it at noon CT/1 pm ET.
#21 INDIANA HOOSEIRS
125 lbs - Joe Duca, r-Jr. (8-6) or Alonzo Shepherd, So. (7-5)
133 lbs - Chris Caton, Fr. (11-14)
141 lbs - Trevor Moody, r-Fr. (0-8)
149 lbs - Eric Roach, r-So. (14-11)
157 lbs - #4 Taylor Walsh, r-Jr. (28-3)
165 lbs - #20 Ryan LeBlanc, r-Sr. (29-9)
174 lbs - Matt Irick, r-Fr. (7-12)
184 lbs - Luke Sheridan, Jr. (23-9)
197 lbs - Garret Goldman, r-So. (10-15)
285 lbs - #4 Adam Chalfant, r-Sr. (19-2)
#24 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
125 lbs - Camden Eppert, r-Sr. (9-9)
133 lbs - #15 Cashe Quiroga, r-Sr. (10-4)
141 lbs - #22 Danny Sabatello, r-So. (17-8)
149 lbs - #24 Brandon Nelsen, r-Jr. (12-10)
157 lbs - Dustin Schultz, r-Jr. (4-4) or Alex Griffin, r-Fr. (15-7)
165 lbs - Chad Welch, r-So. (8-11) or Pat Robinson, r-Jr. (5-5)
174 lbs - Patrick Kissel, r-Jr. (10-9)
184 lbs - Tanner Lynde, r-Fr. (6-9)
197 lbs - #10 Braden Atwood, r-Jr. (20-6)
285 lbs - Alex White, r-Sr. (7-13)
#2 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
125 lbs - #28 Sam Brancale, r-Fr. (7-5) or Jordan Kingsley, r-So. (6-5)
133 lbs - #9 David Thorn, r-Sr. (16-4)
141 lbs - #5 Chris Dardanes, r-Jr. (15-3) or Corey Hodowanic, r-Jr. (0-0)
149 lbs - #3 Nick Dardanes, r-Jr. (17-2)
157 lbs - #8 Dylan Ness, r-Jr. (13-4) or Brandon Kingsley, r-Fr. (15-6)
165 lbs - #16 Danny Zilverberg, r-Sr. (13-8)
174 lbs - #6 Logan Storley, Jr. (21-3)
184 lbs - #4 Kevin Steinhaus, r-Sr. (9-2)
197 lbs - #1 Scott Schiller, r-Jr. (23-0)
285 lbs - #3 Tony Nelson, r-Sr. (21-3)
• Live Video (both matches)
• Live Blog (vs. Purdue)
• Twitter: @IUWrestling1
Complete Match Notes
GOVERNOR'S CUP IMPLICATIONS
Friday night's match-up is worth a full point in the 2013-14 Governor's Cup, an annual competition between to the two in-state rivalry instituations. The Cup debuted in 2004-05 and has seen Indiana win six of nine years with two ties (just one win for Purdue). The Hoosiers are off to an early edge in 2013-14 as well, leading PU 4-2 entering the wrestling dual.
MATCHING UP WITH THE ELITE
Adam Chalfantsits at 19-2 overall entering the weekend and owns a strong track record amongst the nation's best. He has won five of six bouts versus top-10 foes and posts an 8-1 mark against all nationally-ranked opponents.
No adversary has defeated Chalfant in regulation this season as both blemishes on his resume came in extra time.
PIN KING - Taylor Walsh
• Has already set the all-time IU record with 23 pins (previous record: 19 by Rod Chambelin in 1981)
• 23 pins lead the nation
• Ranks 2nd in school history with 44 career falls (47, Viktor Sveda; 1998-2002)
• Pinned at least four foes in all four tournaments
• Recorded a 15-bout consecutive pinning streak
B1G WINS TOTAL
Hoosiers Ryan LeBlanc and Taylor Walshare tops in the Big Ten with 29 and 28 overall wins, respectively. LeBlanc ranks third nationally while Walsh's 28 victories are good for sixth most in the country, tied with his brother Chad who wrestles at Rider University.
In addition, Walsh's 23 pins and LeBlanc's 10 major decisions are also Big Ten-best totals. Walsh leads the entire country in falls while LeBlanc is in the top-5 for majors.
A trio of Hoosiers are ranked amongst the country's elite this week:
#4 Taylor Walsh (157 lbs)
#4 Adam Chalfant (285 lbs)
#20 Ryan LeBlanc(165 lbs)
Ryan LeBlanc is quickly approaching admittance into the 100-win club as an owner of 94 career victories. In addition, he needs 10 more W's this season to crack IU's all-time top-10 for wins in a season. Teammate Taylor Walshis 11 wins shy of the top-10.
KIND OF A B1G DEAL
Hoosier heavyeight Adam Chalfant picked up Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors on Jan. 7 after dominating 2nd-ranked Mike McMullan with three takedowns and three near-fall points while limiting the Wildcat to four escape points. He is the second Hoosier to earn the conference recognition this season after 157-pounder Taylor Walshgot the nod following his four-pin championship performance during the season-opening Clarion Open.
BIG TEN DOING BIG THINGS
As a conference, the Big Ten is a combined 65-11 in 76 non-conference duals during the 2013-14 campaign, good for a 85.5 winning percentage. Ten B1G schools can be found in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25 and Intermat's Top-25 this week.