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The 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are in the books and the Boilermakers have eight individuals qualified for the national tournament. Purdue head coach Tony Ersland, Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett take a look back at the Boilermakers' performance over the weekend and what lies ahead at NCAA's.
The Boilermakers placed eight individuals at the Big Ten Championships for the second straight year and finished in the top-six for the second straight season as well, scoring 76.0 points. Senior Devin Schroder reached the finals for the second year in a row, wrestling five places ahead of his No. 7 seed with a runner-up showing. Purdue saw three individuals place fifth, one take six and three others place seventh.
Ersland goes through each guys' performance and looks ahead at the opportunity that awaits the group in St. Louis at the Enterprise Center. Seedings and brackets for the NCAA Championships will be announced Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at NCAA.com, and the show will return Monday with a look at the Boilermakers' seeds and path to the championship at each weight.
0:00 – B1G Overview
5:11 – Devin Schroder, B1G Runner Up
9:30 – Fantastic Freshmen
18:10 – Fifth-Place Finishes
25:20 – Seventh-Place Standouts
30:49 – At-Large Announcements
34:20 – Seeding Situations
39:52 – Starting Fast, Finishing Strong
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 Purdue Athletics’ 2020-21 budget shortfall.