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Coach Tony Ersland sits down with hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to talk about NCAA Auto-Bid Allocations for each conference and how it affects the Big Ten and the Boilermakers. They also discuss the dual win at Michigan State last Friday night and the upcoming rivalry matchup with Indiana Monday night on the BTN.The NCAA announced its conference automatic qualifier allocations for the 2021 wrestling championships last week and it’s created quite the buzz over the last six days.

On this week’s Always Aggressive Podcast with head coach Tony Ersland, Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett, they discuss who got too many, who didn’t get enough and ideas for fixing the situation before we get to the conference tournaments.  In addition to the latest national issue, Ersland reflects on the Boilermakers’ dual win at No. 22 Michigan State last Friday, where Purdue took 6-of-10 matches in a 21-12 win over the Spartans.

Ersland takes us match-by-match through the dual, with specific attention to seniors Griffin Parriott and Max Lyon in their big wins.  It’s rivalry week for the Boilermakers as they host Indiana on Monday in Holloway Gymnasium at 8 p.m., live on the Big Ten Network. The crew looks at some of the matchups in the dual and the significance of facing your in-state rival.  

0:00 – NCAA Allocations
7:00 – What Could Be Done Different? 
16:15 – Coaches Rank vs. Media Rank
20:05 – Look Back at MSU Dual
35:45 – Rivalry Week
43:20 – Boilermakers in the First NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings 

The More Than A Game campaign was launched in August, in partnership with the John Purdue Club, to help the athletics department navigate the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and position Boilermaker athletics for future success.

Boilermakers and friends can make a contribution to the More Than A Game campaign by contacting their Boilermaker Athletics Representative or by visiting Fans can purchase a special More Than A Game t-shirt from Legends and the Purdue Team Store, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the More Than A Game campaign. To purchase the t-shirt, click here or go to

Purdue Athletics is one of only a handful of Division I athletics departments that is entirely self-sustaining: it does not receive any taxpayer dollars, general fund support from Purdue University, or student fees. John Purdue Club memberships are directed to funding the $12 million scholarship cost for student-athletes and this separate fund will help offset a 2020-21 Purdue Athletics budget shortfall that could approach or exceed $50 million.

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