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The three newest members of the Boilermaker family join the Always Aggressive Podcast as we welcome Stoney Buell, Dustin Norris and Ben Vanadia to Purdue. The trio joins head coach Tony Ersland to talk about they chose Purdue, why Purdue chose them and what the future holds. Ersland also discusses the Boilermakers' return to the mat this weekend as a group heads West to Omaha, Nebraska for the U23 and UWW Junior National Freestyle Championships.
All three Boilermaker commits were top-100 rated recruits in the various national recruiting rankings, and they were all in the top-75 of both FloWrestling and The Open Mat. Norris projects at 133 or 141 pounds, Buell at 165 or 174 pounds and Vanadia at 197 or heavyweight.
Ten Boilermakers have made their way to Omaha and weigh in Friday evening for the national freestyle championships. Seven Boilermakers will compete at the U23 division, while the other three are entered in the UWW Juniors division (U20).
0:00 – National Signing Day / Class of 2021
12:06 – Stoney Buell
18:49 – Dustin Norris
29:33 – Ben Vanadia
41:03 – Final Recruiting Thoughts
41:54 – U23 & UWW Junior National Freestyle
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.