Purdue’s Tanner Lynde, left, and Tennessee-Chattanooga’s John Lampe, right, get ready to wrestle at Mountain View High School on Sunday. Purdue won 21-15.
LAWRENCEVILLE — The last time Alex Hudson wrestled in Georgia, he was winning a state championship at the Gwinnett Arena.
The 2009 Sprayberry grad was back in Gwinnett on Sunday at Mountain View High School.
Hudson, a senior at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, won his 157-pound match over Purdue’s Doug Welch 8-1 in front of more than 500 fans.
“I recognized a few more faces in the crowd,” Hudson said with a smile.
Hudson’s win wasn’t enough as UTC fell to No. 21-ranked Purdue 21-15.
“It was disappointing, but no one gave up,” Hudson said. “We are proud of the effort.”
The UTC vs. Purdue match was a chance for wrestling fans to see Division I wrestling in Georgia. There are no Division I college teams in Georgia.
“They way it worked out, it was good to get some exposure down here,” said Purdue head coach Scott Hinkel, who gave up a home match to wrestle at Mountain View.
“We get a lot of support from Georgia,” UTC head coach Heath Eslinger said. “We want to get the best kids from here and hopefully they saw we can compete with the best in the country.”
Purdue improved to 5-0 all-time against UTC, but it wasn’t easy.
Hudson and nationally ranked Corey Mock won their matches to tie the dual 15-15 with just one match remaining.
Purdue’s Patrick Kissel used a first-period pin over Levi Clemons at 174 pounds to get the win.
“I knew it would be a scare,” Hinkel said. “They have a great program.”
It was the first time UTC had wrestled in three weeks as the Mocs dropped to 4-4 on the season. Purdue improved to 3-1 overall.
“I came here to beat them,” Eslinger said. “That’s why it’s disappointing.”
UTC, which was supported by a large fan base, jumped out to a 6-3 lead after John Lampe (184 pounds) and Kevin Malone (285) got victories. After Nick Soto (133) won, Purdue took the next two matches for a 15-9 lead.
Hudson and Mock (165) won their matches to tie it 15-15, setting up the final 174-pound match for the win.
Purdue also got wins from nationally ranked Braden Atwood (197), Camden Eppert (125), Danny Sabatello (141) and Brandon Nelson (149).
That’s when Kissel came through with a pin to get the win.
“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Eslinger said. “We have to get ready to wrestled again on Monday.”
No. 21 PURDUE 21, TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA 15
184: John Lampe (Chattanooga) dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 6-4 (SV1)
197: No. 15/17 Braden Atwood (Purdue) dec. Jared Johnson (Chattanooga), 10-3
285: Kevin Malone (Chattanooga) dec. Alex White (Purdue), 3-0
125: Camden Eppert (Purdue) pin Byron Smith (Chattanooga), 4:00
133: Nick Soto (Chattanooga) dec. Cashé Quiroga (Purdue), 10-8
141: Danny Sabatello (Purdue) dec. Austin Sams (Chattanooga), 9-7 (SV1)
149: Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) dec. Michael Hooker (Chattanooga), 5-3 (SV1)
157: Alex Hudson (Chattanooga) dec. Doug Welch (Purdue), 8-1
165: No. 4/7 Corey Mock (Chattanooga) dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 6-0
174: Patrick Kissel (Purdue) pin Levi Clemons (Chattanooga), 1:25