Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to break down the squad's season-opening win over Northwestern, the promising performance of four true freshmen seeing their first collegiate action and the steady hand of veterans Devin Schroder and Thomas Penola. The guys also preview this weekend's road swing to Illinois and Wisconsin and spend some time honoring the late Don Corrigan, the former Purdue coach and long-time mentor to the program, who passed this week.

The 2021 season if officially in full swing, and the Always Aggressive Podcast continues to take you behind the scenes of the Purdue wrestling team with head coach Tony Ersland, Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett. On this week’s show the Boilermakers say goodbye to a member of the Purdue wrestling family, look back at Friday’s season-opening win over Northwestern and take a quick glance at the weekend ahead at Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Boilermakers got sad news yesterday with the passing of former head coach Dr. Don Corrigan. Corrigan was the head coach at Purdue from 1969 to 1975, and was a Boilermaker assistant from 1965-69. After coaching he went on to officiate in the Big Ten and NCAA over the next 10 years and continued working at Purdue in the kinesiology department, where he served as the department head until 2002. Corrigan was a fixture in Purdue athletics and the Boilermaker wrestling room until the recent events began preventing his visit. He will be forever remembered and treasured by the Purdue family. 
The Boilermakers’ 28-8 victory over Northwestern on Friday was a great start to 2021, and Ersland takes a closer look at several specific weight classes within the dual. He digs in on freshman Macartney Parkinson’s upset win at 184 pounds, a couple Boilermakers who wrestled up a weight, and the dominant tech-fall wins by senior Devin Schroder and sophomore Thomas Penola. 
Purdue continues its Big Ten dual season this weekend, heading on a Midwest swing to Illinois and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers face the Fighting Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. CT, live on BTN+, and follow Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Badgers. 
0:00 – Remembering Dr. Don Corrigan
3:15 – Purdue vs. Northwestern recap
4:55 – Four Freshmen
8:20 – #BoilerNotes
10:17 – Macartney Parkinson Revisited
15:36 – Choice/Be Accountable to Yourself
17:40 – Dominant Wins
21:51 – Both Sides Missing Bodies/Everyone Be Ready
25:13 – Illinois and Wisconsin
35:29 – Extra Matches



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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