Danny Sabatello beats Zebulan Hilyard during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9

Sabatello, Lawrence, and Robinson Win For #22 Purdue

Three Purdue grapplers pulled off wins against #16 Michigan yesterday in Holloway Gymnasium. I was only going to stay for a portion of the meet before heading through the tunnel to see the Purdue women’s basketball team play Penn State, but there is something about wrestling that makes me keep wanted to shoot it. Maybe it is the fact that it is a fairly hard sport to capture a photograph of. I think that it has to be the hardest that I have shot other than roller derby. Both sports are similar because faces can be hidden for stretches, and then they pop out of nowhere. You have to be ready when the face does appear. The action can come quickly as well. Yesterday I had a couple of new lenses and ideas to shoot the sport. I packed my new 50mm f/1.4 in my bag for basketball so it became my second lens for wrestling. It really was more for showing the overall scene rather than capturing any action. So far I seem to really like the up close and personal wrestling pictures much more. As I continue to understand the sport I am sure that I will lock in on a lens and camera combo that I really like. For now I think that I will mount my 300mm on my Canon 7D Mark II for the primary lens next time with my 70-200mm on my Canon 5D Mark III as well. Between the two combos I should get a pretty good mix of photos.

Bonus Photos

I have noticed that I shoot wrestling very heavy. I think some of that is that fact that I really don’t know the sport well. I have had friends who have wrestling both collegiately as well as in high school, but until this season I have never seen a match in person. It is kind of funny that after having some friends wrestle at Purdue that it has taken this long to actually see a match in person. I really like what I have seen though. Below are some of my favorite images from the day. I have a full gallery up on my website here.

Luke Welch wrestles Connor Youtsey during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Nick Lawrence wrestles George Fisher during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Nick Lawrence wrestles George Fisher during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Doug Welch and Brian Murphy wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Doug Welch and Brian Murphy wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Chad Welch and Jake Salazar wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Tanner Lynde and Domenic Abounader wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Braden Atwood and Max Huntley wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9
Braden Atwood and Max Huntley wrestle during the match at Purdue. #16 Michigan won 26-9

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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