Hoosiers Head to F.I.T.E. Duals on Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Duane Goldman
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Duane Goldman
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 13, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University wrestling team will travel to Park Forrest, Illinois this weekend for the 2007-08 F.I.T.E. Duals, held at Rich East High School. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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    Indiana went 5-0 at the Hoosier Duals, picking up wins over Duke, Liberty, Ohio, Oregon and the University of the Cumberlands. Six different Hoosiers also won all five matches individually while two others combined for a 5-0 mark at the 149-pound weight class. Overall, Indiana went 42-8 during the Hoosier Duals, outscoring the opposition by a total score of 187-30. No team reached double-digits against the Hoosiers. Head Coach Duane Goldman's team tallied numerous bonus points with 12 pins, five tech falls and six major decisions in total. Matt Coughlin, Angel Escobedo, Andrae Hernandez, Brandon Becker, Joe Fagiano and Trevor Perry each earned victories in all five duals while Kurt Kinser and Nick Walpole split up the 149-pound duties, combining for a flawless mark.

    The Hoosiers dominated a trio of matches at the F.I.T.E. Duals last season, including wins over both Harper College and SIU-Edwardsville. First up was a 45-3 drubbing of SIU-E before another decisice victory over the Harper College Hawks, 49-6. IU capped off the day with a 33-3 decision over Eastern Michigan. In all three contests, Indiana's adversaries were able to take just one of the 10 matches.

    11 up, 11 down for Matt Coughlin in his undefeated 2007-08 campaign. He is not the only `07 All-American with an unblemished mark, however, as Angel Escobedo sits at 6-0 with victories in each of the dual matches. Matt Powless (4-0) has not suffered a loss either after winning the the 184-pound championship of the Freshman/Sophomore Division at the Missouri Open.

    A trio of Hoosiers are currently riding nine-match winning streaks, and that is not including Matt Coughlin's flawless 11-0 mark thus far this season. Brandon Becker, Joe Fagiano and Kurt Kinser have all won nine straight contests. Speaking of the number nine, that is how many pins Kinser has compiled, a team-high.

    Several Hoosier wrestlers competed at the Missouri Open, and six individuals placed at the tournament. Kurt Kinser compiled six pins en route to a third place finish in the 149-pound main draw. Nick Walpole (4th place) and Justin Kuhn (5th place) also reached the stand at the Missouri Open. True freshmen Matt Powless and Joe Fagiano each went 4-0 and grabbed first place finishes in their respective weight classes of the Freshman/Sophomore draw. Eric Cameron reached the championship match as well, but dropped a 3-5 decision to his teammate, Fagiano.

    Several individuals placed at the Michigan State Open, including redshirt sophomore Matt Coughlin's tournament crown in the 165-pound weight class. Andrae Hernandez and Nick Walpole also reached the finals in their respective weight classes, both finishing in second place. Two-time All-American Brandon Becker placed third while a pair of Hoosiers, Trevor Perry and Jantzen Minton, finished in fourth place. Kurt Kinser seized fifth place and Paul Young ended up with a sixth place finish.

    The Indiana University wrestling team began the 2007-08 campaign in fashion, shutting out Wabash with a 44-0 victory in the opening dual match of the season. The Hoosiers posted a pin, two tech falls and four major decisions on the night.

    Four All-Americans return for IU this season, including two-time All-American Brandon Becker. Matt Coughlin, Angel Escobedo and Andrae Hernandez all reached the stand last season, while Becker accomplished the feat in 2005 and 2006. Escobedo has the highest finish of the quartet, finishing in fourth place. Becker placed fifth and seventh in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively. Coughlin took seventh while Hernandez finished in eighth place. Indiana returns two other NCAA qualifiers this season as well. Trevor Perry and Marc Bennett each qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and Bennett fell just one victory shy of earning All-American status.

    Pat DeGain returns to Bloomington this season as an assistant coach, the same position he held at the University of Virginia the past two seasonsx. DeGain wrestled for the Hoosiers from 2002-05 under Head Coach Duane Goldman. He finished his career with a 115-31 overall record over his four seasons. As a senior, DeGain ended the year 35-6 and placed third at the NCAA Championships to seal an All-American season. He ended his career ranked fifth on Indiana's all-time career wins list with 115 and became the third IU wrestler to capture a Midlands title. He also took second at the Big Ten Championships in 2005.




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