#21 Indiana Drops Tight One to #24 Purdue, 18-16
Jan. 31, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana and Purdue split a top-25 showdown Friday night, each winning five bouts. The #24 Boilermakers earned the team victory, however, on bonus points, topping #21 IU 18-16.
Each of Indiana's returning NCAA Qualifiers in action grabbed wins, in addition to a 10-4 decision for Eric Roach at 149 pounds.
The dual started at 157 pounds with a 5-2 decision for fourth-ranked Taylor Walsh. The redshirt junior improved to 29-3 on the season by posting a takedown, pair of near-fall tallies and the riding time point.
Ryan LeBlanc, ranked 20th nationally at 165 pounds, kept it going with another Hoosier triumph. LeBlanc's 30th `W' of the year included three takedowns and gave IU a 6-0 advantage on the team scoreboard.
Two bouts later, it was another Hoosier hand raised in victory. Luke Sheridan (184 lbs) edged Tanner Lynde, 5-3, on the strength of two first-period takedowns. Sheridan made use of the entire circle, twice notching takedowns on the edge of the mat.
The 2012-13 starter at 174 pounds, Cheney Dale, stepped up and wrestled at 197 pounds. He competed admirably in a 3-0 defeat versus #10 Braden Atwood. Trailing by a lone point entering the third period, Dale elected to get aggressive and go for the upset win by choosing a neutral start. He dove in on a shot and clutched a leg before Atwood ultimately circled around for the takedown.
Adam Chalfant then added on to Indiana's lead after a 10-minute intermission, crushing Alex White during a 13-3 major decision to push IU ahead 13-6. The Hoosier heavyweight burst out to a 7-1 edge in the opening frame, taking down and tilting White in the first 60 seconds. Chalfant continued to pile on points and moved his overall season mark to 20-2.
Purdue subsequently made its move, seizing the next three bouts including a fall at 133 pounds for the first lead of the night.
Roach and #24 Brandon Nelsen had split a pair of previous meetings this season, setting up a rubber match of sorts. It was all Roach in this one, lifting and slamming Nelsen into the mat on numerous occasions en route to a 10-4 winner.
Indiana heads to Minneapolis on Sunday for an early afternoon dual with the #2 Golden Gophers starting at 1 pm ET/noon CT.
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