For seniors Kurt Kinser, Paul Young, Nick Avery, Eric Cameron and graduate student Ricky Alcala, this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill., are a must-win situation if they hope to prolong their careers a few more weeks.
Senior Kurt Kinser returned to action from an injury Friday, but upsets of senior Paul Young and junior Matt Powless cost the Hoosiers as they fell to rival Purdue 21-12 in the final dual of the regular season.
On Friday, the Hoosiers took seven of 10 matches and never trailed, defeating Michigan State 22-9 on Senior Night at University Gym.
Upon first glance, it may be easy to dismiss Ricky Alcala as no match for the tall, lean heavyweights he often faces. Opposing wrestlers, coaches and even fans often have.
Both wrestlers went 5-1 for the tournament to finish in third place in their respective weight classes and lead the Hoosiers to a 16th-place finish overall in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.