Jan. 23, 2004
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EVANSTON, Ill.--The win was at their fingertips, but the Wildcat wrestlers could not grab it tonight.
With the score 20-10 in favor of Purdue after eight bouts--and a forfeit for Northwestern coming in the last bout--John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) was unable to get a major decision in the clinching bout, beating Sean Schmaltz 10-4 as the No. 17 Boilermakers edged the 'Cats 20-19 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
"We let one get away tonight," said head coach Tim Cysewski. "We had some guys wrestle really well, but that pin (at 141 lbs.) really hurt us. The match could have gone in our favor otherwise."
The pin refers to the first bout, in which Paul Augle (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) was pinned by Doug Withstandley in 3:40. Purdue (15-2, 1-0 Big Ten) also won the second bout to put the score at 9-0.
Junior Mike Kimberlin (Bradley, Ill./Bishop Martin McNamara) was able to get NU (8-3, 0-2) on the board in the third bout with his 4-3 decision over Brad Harper at 157 lbs. The win was Kimberlin's second-straight against Purdue.
Nick Hayes (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Lewis Central) then chopped Purdue's lead to 9-7 with his 10-2 major decision over Bryce Markley at 165 lbs. The freshman, who was the only Wildcat to win last week against Iowa, improves to 2-0 this season in Big Ten dual matches.
"Nick is doing a great job," said Cysewski. "He is consistent and steady, and he is doing everything that is expected of him."
The Boilermakers took three of the next four bouts to get the 10-point lead. Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) won his bout during that stretch, notching an 8-2 decision over Nathan Moore at 197 lbs. to boost his record to 18-5.
Schmaltz was able to control the tempo of the 125-pound bout just enough to elude a loss by major decision to Velez; that would have tied the score 20-20 after the forfeit at 133 lbs.
"We put John in a tough situation," said Cysewski. "He has not been in that position (the match clincher) often, and Schmaltz did a good job of avoiding a major."
The Wildcats continue their three-match homestand at 2 p.m. Saturday against Indiana and at 4 p.m. against Missouri Baptist at Welsh-Ryan Arena.