Purdue Returns to Holloway for No. 3 Iowa (12 noon CT on Sunday)
Boilermakers open Big Ten action at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday
Nov. 26, 2016
Purdue (4-1, 0-0 B1G) vs. No. 3 Iowa (2-0, 0-0 B1G)
Sunday, Nov. 27 / 1 p.m. ET
Holloway Gymnasium / West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue Notes / Iowa Notes / Live Results / Promotions
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- The Purdue wrestling team returns to Holloway Gymnasium on Sunday for the Big Ten Conference opener. The Boilermakers, who are fresh off of a West Coast swing, are set to take on No. 3 Iowa at 1 p.m. ET.
Purdue brings a 4-1 record into its earliest start to the Big Ten slate since facing Minnesota in its second dual of the season on Nov. 22, 2013. While in California, Nate Limmex (149) and Griffin (157) were double winners for the Boilermakers in a 20-17 win over Boise State and a 23-14 loss to 15th-ranked Stanford on Nov. 18. Two days later, 10 grapplers placed at the Roadrunner Open. Luke Welch led the Purdue charge by taking top honors at 133 pounds. The redshirt junior extended his winning streak to seven straight after going 4-0 in the tournament.
After meeting Iowa on a neutral mat in their last three home dates, Purdue will take on the Hawkeyes in West Lafayette for the first time since Jan. 26, 2007. They are the first among three Big Ten foes that are wrestling in West Lafayette for the first time in five or more years.
PURDUE PROBABLE LINEUP
125 Ben Thornton RS So. 12-3 Stoddard, Wis.
174 Jacob Morrissey RS Jr. 2-2 Oconto Falls, Wis.
Head Coach / Tony Ersland
Head Assistant Coach / Tyrel Todd
Assistant Coach / Kendric Maple
Volunteer Assistant Coach / Jake Sueflohn
Sundays dual vs. Iowa marks the earliest start in conference action since Purdue faced Minnesota in its second dual of the sason on Nov. 22, 2013.
Iowa is the first among three Big Ten foes that are wrestling in West Lafayette for the first time in five or more years ... the other two are Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Purdue has used four different lineups in its five duals ... changes have been seen at 133, 149 and 184.
Tyler Kral is looking to make his eighth straight start dating to last season, which is the most consecutive starts among the Boilermakers listed probables.
Kral has already won a career best 11 matches, four of which have been shutouts ... his four shutouts are tied for most on the team ... the most wins Kral previously had in a season was nine.
Alex Griffin racked up 40 back points in six matches wrestled in California, pushing his season total to 94 and his career total to 246 ... he moved into fifth on the career back points list with his next hurdle being 285 ... he also jumped into the season record list at a tie for No. 10.
Seven of Griffins 12 wins this season are by tech fall, which is a career high ... three have been shutouts ... he has a 137-point scoring advantage through 15 matches (164-27).
Welch has exploded to start the season, averaging 4.2 takedowns and nearly 12 points per match ... his 4.2 takedowns/match is tops on the team and hes the team leader in takedowns with 50 ... he has already surpassed his career high for takedowns in a season, which was 46 a year ago.
Kyle Ayersman averages the most points per match with 13.1 ... he and Welch are the only two Boilermakers averaging double figures.
Welchs current seven-match winning streak is the longest of his career ... he has also set career highs in major decisions (5) and bonus point wins (6).