Months After Grueling Surgery, Purdue’s Unranked Wrestler Joey Blaze Stays True to His Word in His Debut at Big10

Published 11/12/2023, 5:31 AM EST

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Journeyman’s Wranglemania is underway in the halls of Liberty High. Inside a school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, top seeding and up-and-coming wrestlers have gathered to pin down a victory on each other. To showcase their amateur wrestling talent. Purdue started strong winning 21-16. The catastrophic loss came against NC State as they lost 37-3 to the team. The number three NC State defeated number 25 Purdue on a Saturday afternoon.

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Jakob Camacho from NC State dominated Purdue’s number 3 Matt Ramos. While the Purdue lineup failed to stand strong in front of the Wolfpac, there was one wrestler who stood his ground and emerged victorious in his bouts. Registering a big upset for the Wolfpack.

Setting the wrestling mat a’Blaze’

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Joey Blaze was the only wrestler from Purdue who set on winning his bout. For good reasons, the win brought great joy to Purdue. They celebrated the win through a post on their X account, congratulating Joey Blaze on the victory over #5 Ed Scott. The post read “JOEY. BLAZE. LEARN THE NAME!! True freshman @joeyblaze18 knocks off #5 Scott in sudden victory!”

Joey set ablaze the victory fire for Purdue winning all the bouts. Even registered a greater upset for NC State at he defeated the number 5 Ed Scott and clinched a dominating win over the wrestler. The three-time Ohio State champion took over the responsibility of victory and defeated Ed Scott 4-1. This win is not a one-off event, given Joey’s past determination and grit that he displayed as he had to go through surgery for his torn-up elbow in March.

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Recovery and return of Blaze

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Joey Blaze has already left an impression that he is one tough wrestler. He was injured while he was competing for his third Ohio State title and still came through the final. Playing with a torn-up elbow, he pinned Idell Ferguson (25-14). Blaze had opened up about the bout in an interview later. 

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“My arm gets locked a lot, and I chipped something in my radial bone, so my fingers go numb. It is what it is, but it’s something I have to deal with. I rehabbed all summer and didn’t wrestle at all, came back, and re-hurt it, and it took me a while to get back on the mat at full strength.” Joey had told to the Sentinel Tribune. But who is it who happens to be a source of inspiration for the wrestler?

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According to Joey. it is his younger brother Marcus. “He’s like mental rock, Man,” Joey said. “He keeps me sane, and I love him to death.” Joining Purdue and showing his resilience in the mat, Blaze is one important asset for the Purdue Wrestling. We keep our fingers crossed for Joey to bring more such glory to Purdue.

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Shantnu Dobhal

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I hail from a family of football enthusiasts and hence, I grew up seeking the adrenaline rush that comes while watching the sport that serves thrill to its spectators. Growing up as I found my professional calling as a writer and an artist, the sporting realm is something that has become a part of my everyday life. While I love to write about NCAA wrestling, volleyball, basketball, and equestrian sports; what interests me the most is the Olympic events and its glory.
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