The Always Aggressive Podcast had some high and low notes this week as Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland and the crew talk through several happenings in the wrestling world over the last two weeks.
The show opens with the latest news out of the NCAA as they addressed season-of-competition waivers and extensions of eligibility for winter sports last week, approving a blanket waiver for institutions. Ersland goes into the decision and what it means for Purdue in the coming seasons.
Ersland's college coach, the legendary Dan Gable, earned our nation's highest civilian honor recently as he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ersland shares some great stories and coaching lessons he learned from his mentor as they extend congrats.
On somber notes, Fresno State announced it will be dropping its wrestling program after reinstating it just three seasons ago, and USA Wrestling made the decision to not attend the 2020 Senior World Championships in Serbia this year.
The show wraps with some updates from the Boilermaker wrestling room, a quick peek at a massive high school tournament this weekend and some excitement for the start of Purdue football this weekend.
0:00 – NCAA Updates
16:18 – Dan Gable's Latest Honor
28:59 – Fresno State No Longer
39:54 – USA Staying Home
43:01 – Updates From The Room
50:30 – Good Luck at Super 32
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.
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