WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A top-20 upset and a pair of major decisions highlighted a 26-6 dual victory for the 24th-ranked Purdue wrestling team over North Dakota State. The Boilermakers claimed victory at eight weights at Holloway Gymnasium on Friday to take their dual record to 6-5 while closing out non-conference action for the season. The loss brought NDSU to 5-8.
Purdue had a 21-8 takedown advantage and did not give up a takedown in six of the bouts. The Boilermakers also had the first points on the board in seven of the 10 matches.
“We got some people back tonight; we have been really shorthanded with at least two or three starters out and tonight we only had the one out,” Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. “Tonight we were more at full strength and I think that is indicative of what you saw. When we have everybody, we are a pretty good team and that is what we had earlier in the year. It was nice to have some of these guys back in the lineup. Even the guys who are still filling in competed very well. They are wrestling hard and gaining confidence as they have been in the lineup.”
Jacob Morrissey defeated Andrew Fogarty for a second time this season, upsetting the 17th-ranked Bison 165-pounder 11-5.
“I knew going into the match he was going to be a tough opponent,” Morrissey said. “I knew that if I was wrestling for a hard 7:00, I could come out on top.”
That’s exactly what he did. A six-point second period was key for Morrissey. Fogarty capitalized off his choice for a neutral start with a takedown to take a 5-2 lead, only to be reversed and tilted for an 8-5 advantage for the Boilermaker going into the final frame.
“If you watch me wrestle I am not the best on my feet all the time,” Morrissey said. “Top is really where I like to go to work.”
Morrissey added another takedown in the third to close out the match. The win is the 17th of the season for the redshirt senior who hails from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.
“I have to keep my head in the right place, know that I belong out there on the mat against the best guys and know that I can’t just compete with them, but I can beat them too,” Morrissey said. “I have to carry that into the Big Ten Championships and nationals.”
The first of Purdue’s two major decisions came at 141 pounds from Nate Limmex. Limmex took North Dakota State’s McGuire Midkiff down four times throughout the match and reversed him in the second on his way to an 11-3 win. The major decision is the fifth of the season for the redshirt sophomore, pushing his record to 19-11.
Max Lyon (184) returned to his offense with a takedown clinic, putting up six takedowns in a 15-5 major decision over Cole Witzig. Lyon had a pair of takedowns in each period and accumulated 4:06 of riding time for his team-leading eighth major decision of his rookie season.
The ranked Boilermaker trio of No. 13 Luke Welch, No. 12 Dylan Lydy and No. 15 Shawn Streck all came out with decisions. Adding to Purdue’s victories were Ben Thornton and Christian Brunner with decisions at 133 and 197 pounds, respectively.
The run through the gauntlet that is the Big Ten Conference resumes Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State. OSU took a home date with Purdue to Graham High School in Saint Paris, Ohio, home to a pair of Buckeyes. Wrestling will start at 1 p.m. ET.