Feb. 18, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana University wrestling team ended the 2011 regular season with a sour taste, coming up short against Purdue in West Lafayette by a final score of 21-12. Four Hoosiers were able to post individual bout victories in the losing effort.

Heavyweight Ricky Alcala has made a name for himself in his first season of Big Ten competition. The UC-Davis transfer is ranked ninth nationally in the 285-pound weight class and won seven of eight matches during the conference season. Alcala is also the owner of a 27-7 overall record that includes three wins over ranked opponents.

Justin Brooks was victorious in his third consecutive match, completing his redshirt freshman season with a 4-4 mark in Big Ten action. Brooks' 5-2 decision over Camden Eppert gave IU an early 3-0 lead.

After a Purdue decision and fall in the subsequent pair of bouts, the Boilermakers led 9-3. Kurt Kinser, ranked 12th nationally, stopped the streak at 149 pounds, just missing out on bonus points with a seven-point edge (9-2) over Sam Patacsil.

The pendulum continued to swings at 157 lbs. when a Purdue upset pushed the IU deficit back six points at 12-6. But just as Kinser had, Ryan LeBlanc earned a decision to cut the Hoosier hole in half. The redshirt freshman evened his season record at 9-9, topping Kyle Mosier, 7-3.

Purdue then sent three straight ranked grapplers to the mat, each coming away with W's to secure the dual result.

COMPLETE RESULTS
Indiana 12, Purdue 21
125 lbs.- Justin Brooks (IU) dec. Camden Eppert (PU), 5-2; TS: 3-0
133 lbs.- Akif Eren (PU) dec. Matt Ortega (IU), 3-2; TS: 3-3
141 lbs.- Jake Fleckenstein (PU) pins Mitchell Richey (IU), 2:07; TS: 3-9
149 lbs.- #12 Kurt Kinser (IU) dec. Sam Patacsil (PU), 9-2; TS: 6-9
157 lbs.- Colton Salazar (PU) dec. #8 Colton Salazar (IU), 6-4; TS: 6-12
165 lbs.- Ryan LeBlanc (IU) dec. Kyle Mosier (PU), 7-3; TS: 9-12
174 lbs.- #8 Luke Manuel (PU) dec. Nick Avery (IU), 4-1; TS: 9-15
184 lbs.- #12 A.J. Kissel (PU) dec. Eric Cameron (IU), 6-1; TS: 9-18
197 lbs.- #10 Logan Brown (PU) dec. #9 Matt Powless (IU), 7-4; TS: 9-21v 285 lbs.- #9 Ricky Alcala (IU) dec. David Pisarcik (PU), 3-2; TS: 12-21


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Next up for the Hoosiers, is the start of postseason action and the Big Ten Championships hosted by Northwestern University on March 5-6.