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Coming off a much-needed and greatly-appreciated bye week, the Always Aggressive Podcast takes a close look at the Purdue wrestling team's training schedule, the NCAA individual rankings and this week's regular season finale at Northwestern.
The Boilermakers did not have an event on their schedule last weekend, marking the first Super Bowl Sunday without a competition that both head coach Tony Ersland and supervisor of operations Tanner Lipsett can remember. As the show transitioned into discussions regarding the coaches' rankings and Rating Percentage Index (RPI), it triggered a discussion of scheduling practices and competition workloads for student-athletes in today's wrestling world.
All eight Boilermakers who were eligible for an RPI ranking earned one in the initial poll, while seven secured top-33 rankings from the NCAA Coaches Panel.
Purdue concludes the regular season Saturday, wrestling its final Big Ten dual at Northwestern. The match will air live on the Big Ten Network at 1:30 p.m. ET.
In addition to Purdue's final dual, this weekend will be accompanied by state high school wrestling championships in both Indiana and Illinois. The Boilermaker staff will make trips to both tournaments, while juggling training and competition.
0:00 – Much Needed Break
3:00 – Rankings & RPI
22:00 – Northwestern Notes
26:35 – Good Luck Future Boilermakers