Purdue dominates Boilermaker Duals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue Wrestling hosted its annual Boilermaker Duals on Sunday and came away undefeated with a 44-0 win over Indianapolis and a 22-13 win over Northern Illinois.

The Boilermakers (3-1, 0-0 B1G) get to 2-0 on the day on the back of nine bonus point wins across both matchups. Three pins, three tech falls and three major decisions helped head coach Tony Ersland's team to a pair of comfortable wins.

"It's always nice to get two wins on the day," Ersland said. "The team is progressing in key areas, and I like to see that. We're working on certain things in the room and I'm starting to see the fruit of that labor out on the mat. I still want to see us be more aggressive and wrestle with more of an edge, but overall I love to see the progression."

Ersland wrestled an almost exclusively underclassman lineup as one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten continues to rely heavily on their youth. Of the 13 different wrestlers who saw the mat today for Purdue, only two were upperclassmen. The young bucks combined to go 14-3 with seven bonus point wins.

Ashton Jackson, Isaac Ruble, and Orlando Cruz were all given their dual debuts while Greyson Clark and Joey Blaze got just their second day of dual competition.

"To see young guys go out and give you a full effort, execute our plan, and believe in what they're doing was awesome to see," Ersland added. "They are setting the tone for our whole team with how hard they fight and scrap and the effort that they put forth. We've got some upperclassmen who could learn a thing or two from them."

Purdue 44 – Indianapolis 0

It was a shutout rout for the Boilermakers in their opening dual of the day as they won all 10 of their matches against the Greyhounds. True freshman Ashton Jackson got the ball rolling in the best way with a first period pin and it was all Purdue from there.

Six of the matches ended with bonus points and it gave Purdue its largest margin of victory since their last meeting with Indianapolis which ended 45-0 back in Nov. 2019. The team's last shutout came against Brown in Nov. 2021.

Jackson's pin was followed up by falls from Marcos Polanco and Tristan Ruhlman. Dustin Norris and James Rowley both picked up their first wins via tech fall of the year, winning 16-1 (7:00) and 19-2 (5:35) respectively.

Purdue 22 – NIU 13

While a more competitive contest, the second win of the day was still comfortable for Ersland's crew. Back-to-back wins from Norris and Clark gave the Boilers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Clark was especially impressive, running away with a 17-2 (5:26) tech fall Over Dylan Gvillo with three nearfalls and two takedowns.

The newly ranked Boilermakers No. 16 Joey Blaze and No. 29 Stoney Buell took care of business in their only matches on Sunday. Blaze earned his first dual bonus points with a surgical 10-2 major decision. Buell followed with a 4-2 decision to extend the Purdue lead.

The freshman Cruz earned the most dramatic win of the day. Trailing by a point in the dying moments of his match, the Crown Point, Ind., native finished off an inside trip for a takedown as time expired to claim the victory. Ben Vanadia rounded out the afternoon with a hard earned 12-4 major.

Up Next
The Purdue Wrestling team will return to action in two weeks with their annual trip to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

However, fans should tune in this upcoming Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET to the 2023 NWCA All-Star Classic where Matt Ramos will represent the old gold and black on the national stage. He will be the first Purdue wrestler to compete in the event that dates back to 1967 and features many of the best men's and women's college wrestlers in the country. He is scheduled to take on top-ranked Anthony Noto of Lock Haven.

Purdue 44 – Indianapolis 0
125: Ashton Jackson (PUR) over Nathan Smith (UINDY) - Fall 3:00
133: Dustin Norris (PUR) over Noah Cantu (UINDY) – TF, 16-1 (7:00)
141: Christian White (PUR) over Blake Mulkey (UINDY) – SV, 9-6
149: Marcos Polanco (PUR) over Jackson Hoover (UINDY) - Fall 4:38
157: Isaac Ruble (PUR) over Nathan Conley (UINDY) – Dec, 4-0
165: Cooper Noehre (PUR) over Owen Zablocki (UINDY) – MD, 8-0
174: Orlando Cruz (PUR) over Owen Butler (UINDY) - Dec, 14-7
184: James Rowley (PUR) over Aidan Petersen (UINDY) – TF, 19-2 (5:35)
197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over Derek Blubaugh (UINDY) – Dec, 4-2
285: Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) over Jay Thompson (UINDY) - Fall 0:50

Purdue 22 – NIU 13
125: Blake West (NIU) over Ashton Jackson (PUR) – MD, 8-0
133: Dustin Norris (PUR) over Mikey Kaminski (NIU) – Dec, 4-3
141: Greyson Clark (PUR) over Dylan Gvillo (NIU) – TF, 17-2 (5:26)
149: Tommy Curran (NIU) over Marcos Polanco (PUR) – Dec, 10-8
157: Joey Blaze (PUR) over Brett Smith (NIU) – MD, 10-2
165: Stoney Buell (PUR) over Tommy Bennett (NIU) – Dec, 4-2
174: Orlando Cruz (PUR) over Hayden Pummel (NIU) – Dec, 3-1
184: Matt Zuber (NIU) over James Rowley (PUR) – SV, 5-2
197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over Devonjae Hudson (NIU) – MD, 12-4
285: Jacobi Jackson (NIU) over Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) – Dec, 7-3