Iowa Defeats Purdue, 23-9

Jan. 25, 2004

MISHAWAKA, IN – The University of Iowa wrestling team recorded its 770th dual victory in school history with a 23-9 win over Purdue in Mishawaka, IN. Iowa improves to 7-3, 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Purdue falls to 15-3, 1-2 in the Big Ten.

Iowa won the first four matches of the dual and grabbed seven wins overall on the day. Sophomore Cole Pape started things off with a 9-5 victory over Purdue’s Bryce Markley at 165. In one of the top match-ups of the day and a rematch of the 2003 Big Ten Championship finals, senior Tyler Nixt defeated Purdue’s Ryan Lange 7-5 in the tiebreak period at 174. At 184, Hawkeye sophomore Paul Bradley won his second match of the weekend with a 6-5 win over Boilermaker Ben Wissel, and senior Ryan Fulsaas picked up his 50th career win with a 13-10 win over Purdue’s Barry Jackson at 197. Heavyweight Israel Blevins put Purdue on the scoreboard with his 4-2 win over redshirt freshman Ryan Fuller, but Hawkeye senior Luke Eustice fought back with a 20-4 technicall fall over Sean Schmaltz at 125. Purdue picked up another win at 133 before senior Cliff Moore won his 95th career match with a 9-4 decision over Boilermaker Doug Withstandley at 141. Sophomore Ty Eustice scored a late takedown for a 3-2 win over Dan Jankowski, but Iowa’s team score stopped there as Purdue won the last match of the day at 157.

The Hawkeyes will host two Big Ten foes next weekend, facing Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) and Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Iowa 23, Purdue 9
165 Cole Pape (I) dec. Bryce Markley (P), 9-4
174 Tyler Nixt (I) dec. Ryan Lange (P), 7-5 tb
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. Ben Wissel (P), 6-5
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Barry Jackson (P), 13-10
Hwt. Israel Blevins (P) dec. Ryan Fuller (I), 4-2
125 Luke Eustice (I) tech. fall Sean Schmaltz (P), 20-4
133 Rene Hernandez (P) dec. Trent Goodale (I), 8-4
141 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Doug Withstandley (P), 9-4
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Dan Jankowski (P), 3-2
157 Brad Harper (P) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 7-6