Broncos Drop Close Dual to Purdue

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Down by six points and needing a fall heading into the final match of the night to tie the dual score, the Boise State wrestling team got a win from Demetrius Romero, but his 9-3 decision in the 165 pound match against Dylan Lydy was not enough to give the Broncos a win over Purdue, 20-17. 

Romero, a redshirt freshman, followed his runner-up finish at the Cowboy Open, Nov. 5, with a victory in the first dual match of his career, and he is now 4-1 on the season. 

Redshirt senior Austin Dewey opened the dual with a fall (4:00) at 174, and Kadyn Del Toro followed with an 8-4 decision at 184 pounds to give Boise State a 9-0 lead in the dual.

Dewey and Del Toro are now 5-1 and 2-2 on the season, respectively.

Romero and redshirt junior Carson Kuhn would be the only other Broncos to notch victories, as the Broncos narrowly lost to the Boilermakers. Kuhn won at 133 pounds with a technical fall, 18-2, in his first match of the season.

"I am proud of the way the guys competed. They went out and gave a great effort," Boise State head coach Mike Mendoza said. "We had a couple matches that slipped away that made the difference for the dual outcome, but the guys battled and that is important as we look to build and keep improving."

Boise State will continue their California road trip, Sunday at the Roadrunner Open in Fresno, Calif. The tournament will be hosted by CSU Bakersfield and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (MT) at Clovis North High School.

The Broncos will be joined by Army, California Baptist, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Menlo, Oregon State, Purdue, San Francisco State, Sierra College and Stanford.

Live results can be found at TrackWrestling.

MATCH-BY-MATCH RESULTS

174: Austin Dewey (BSU) fall Peter Andreotti (PU), 4:00

184: Kadyn Del Toro (BSU) dec. Tanner Lynde (PU), 8-4

197: Christian Brunner (PU) dec. Harley DiLulo (BSU) 7-5

285: Tyler Kral (PU) dec. Gabriel Gonzalez (BSU), 7-2 

125: Ben Thornton (PU) major dec. Will Bardezbain (BSU), 15-7

133: Carson Kuhn (BSU) tech. fall Cody Pae (PU), 18-2

141: Kyle Ayersman (PU) dec. Rami Haddadin (BSU), 3-2

149: Nate Limmex (PU) dec. Dakota Wall (BSU), 10-3

157: Alex Griffin (PU) major dec. Fred Green (BSU), 12-3

165: Demetrius Romero (BSU) dec. Dylan Lydy (PU), 9-3

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