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Notes: No. 24 Purdue at Indiana, vs. No. 12 Ohio State

January 30, 2014


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

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No. 24 Purdue Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125   Camden Eppert R-Sr. 9-9 Anderson, Ind.
133 15/15 Cashé Quiroga R-Sr. 10-4 Indianapolis, Ind.
141   Danny Sabatello R-So. 17-8 Long Grove, Ill.
149   Brandon Nelsen R-Jr. 12-10 Indianapolis, Ind.
157   Dustin Schultz R-Jr. 4-4 Demotte, Ind.
    Alex Griffin R-Fr. 15-7 Lafayette, Ind.
165   Chad Welch R-So. 8-11 Newburgh, Ind.
    Pat Robinson R-Jr. 5-5 Noblesville, Ind.
174   Patrick Kissel R-Jr. 10-9 Sheboygan, Wis.
184   Tanner Lynde R-Fr. 6-9 Delphi, Ind.
197 12/14 Braden Atwood R-Jr. 20-6 Delphi, Ind.
285   Alex White R-Sr. 7-13 Mt. Vernon, Ind.

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

Indiana Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125   Joe Duca R-Jr. 8-6 Gibbstown, N.J.
    Alonzo Shepherd So. 7-5 Jeffersonville, Ind.
133   Chris Caton Fr. 11-14 Charlotte, N.C.
141   Trevor Moody R-Fr. 0-8 Evansville, Ind.
149   Eric Roach R-So. 14-11 Crown Point, Ind.
157 4/7 Taylor Walsh R-Jr. 28-3 Cherry Hill, N.J.
165 20/NR Ryan LeBlanc R-Sr. 29-9 Morrisville, N.Y.
174   Matt Irick R-Fr. 7-12 Fishers, Ind.
184   Luke Sheridan Jr. 23-9 Concord, Calif.
197   Garret Goldman R-So. 10-15 Bloomington, Ind.
285 4/6 Adam Chalfant R-Sr. 19-2 Winchester, Ind.

Head Coach Duane Goldman | Associate Head Coach Nick Simmons | Assistant Coach Matt Powless


Series History: Purdue vs. Indiana
• In their 99th all-time meeting, Purdue will be seeking its fourth straight dual victory over intrastate rival Indiana and 17th on the Hoosiers' home mat. Even though the Hoosiers own the series record at 62-34-3, the Boilermakers own a 4-2 edge under the guidance of head coach Scott Hinkel.

• The Boilermakers took six bouts, including two by forfeit, en route to a 28-13 win last year in West Lafayette. In their last trip to Bloomington on Feb. 5, 2012, Purdue etched out a 19-16 victory.

• Purdue's probable starters own a 8-6 mark on Indiana's probable starters in head-to-head matches dating back to the 2011-12 season. There have already been a handful of meetings this year as both teams were at the Michigan State Open and Midlands, most notably at 149 pounds. Alex Griffin defeated Eric Roach twice via major decision this season and Brandon Nelsen has split two tight matches with the 149-pounder.

Scouting the Hoosiers
• Indiana has dropped its last five duals, all in Big Ten action. In their last time out, the Hoosiers suffered a 23-12 loss to then-No. 18 Wisconsin in Memorial Gym, just their second loss on their home mat. They were victorious at three weights, including then-No. 4 Adam Chalfant's 1:53 pin of then-No. 10 Connor Medberry at 285. For the second time in as many seasons, 125-pounder Alonzo Sheperd gave up his redshirt to make his first dual start and posted a 4-1 decision.

• Redshirt junior and seventh-ranked Taylor Walsh (157) has already set the single-season record for pins in a season with 23, which is also tops across all DI wrestlers.


No. 24 Purdue vs. No. 12 Ohio State (7-3, 2-3 Big Ten)
Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. | Holloway Gymnasium | West Lafayette, Ind.

Military Appreciation Night

• Watch LIVE on the Big Ten Network - find the BTN
• Play-by-Play Tim Johnson | Color Jim Gibbons | Matside Shane Sparks
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• Live results will be available on Trackwrestling

No. 12 Ohio State Probables
Weight Rank Name Year Record Hometown
125 12/15 Nick Roberts R-Fr. 20-8 Hooversville, Pa.
133 3/5 Johnni DiJulius R-So. 18-1 Aurora, Ohio
141 3/3 Logan Stieber R-Jr. 14-1 Monroeville, Ohio
149 13/18 Ian Paddock Sr. 19-8 Warsaw, N.Y.
157   Randy Languis R-Jr. 15-13 Dublin, Ohio
165   Joe Grandominico Jr. 8-15 Westerville, Ohio
174 12/14 Mark Martin So. 19-9 Strongsville, Ohio
184 11/10 Kenny Courts R-So. 21-4 Harrisburg, Pa.
197 9/8 Nick Heflin Sr. 13-1 Massillon, Ohio
285   Nick Tavanello R-Fr. 17-11 Wadsworth, Ohio

Head Coach Tom Ryan | Associate Head Coach Lou Rosselli | Assistant Coach J Jaggers
Volunteer Assistant Coach Ross Thatcher

Series History: Purdue vs. Ohio State
• Monday's LIVE BTN showdown will be the 81st meeting between the two programs. Ohio State leads the series 49-25-6 and has won the last five duals, including a 27-10 win in Columbus in the last meeting (1/12/12). The last win for the Boilermakers in the series came on their home mat, 19-15, on Feb. 10, 2006. A dozen of Purdue's victories have occurred when wrestling at home.

Danny Sabatello (141), Brandon Nelsen (149) and Braden Atwood (197) are projected for a rematch with Logan Stieber, Ian Paddock and Nick Heflin, respectively. Each of the Buckeye grapplers defeated their Purdue opponent while wrestling at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in early December.

Scouting the Buckeyes
• Four of Ohio State's probable starters own a winning record in Big Ten action: Johnni DiJulius (133), Logan Stieber (141), Kenny Courts (184) and Nick Heflin (197). In contrast, Randy Languis (157) and Joe Grandominico (165), are 0-5.

• The Buckeyes have had the same outcome as Purdue in three common opponent duals. They defeated Duke 25-10 and fell to Penn State (31-6) and Nebraska (28-12). Both Purdue and Ohio State dropped the 157-pound match against Duke, but both took the 133-pound match from Penn State and were victorious at 141 and 197 against Nebraska.

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