The Purdue wrestling team saw its first action in eight months over the weekend, and head coach Tony Ersland, Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett recap the action on this week's episode of the Always Aggressive Podcast. In addition to the results from the U23 and UWW Junior Nationals, the guys take a look at FloWrestling's showcase event from the weekend and put the final touch on last week's recruiting news.
The show dives into the overall results for the team, putting four placewinners on the podium in Omaha on Sunday, and breaks down the individual performances of senior Max Lyon, junior Parker Filius, sophomore Thomas Penola and freshman Gerrit Nijenhuis. They touch on the preparation for the event, what some of the results may mean for the pending 2021 season and how the Boilermakers used the tournament to continue their training.
Ersland often mentions his opportunity to work with Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs during his tenure at Nebraska, and Burroughs had his skills on full display over the weekend against NCAA Champion Zahid Valencia. The guys touch on several of the things that continue to make Burroughs great, and how Ersland continues to try and take from Burrough's performances and translate them to his Boilermaker wrestlers.
The Boilermakers' newest recruiting class continued to get attention over the weekend as The Open Mat tagged Purdue has having the best social media announcements for the signing period. Ersland recognizes the variety of people involved in this year's efforts and the importance of celebrating the occasion.
MORE THAN A GAME
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 JPCMoreThanAGame.com. 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 PurdueTeamStore.com.
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.