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      Indiana Tech Announces 2014-15 Recruiting Class

      Zach Shore Indiana Tech Sports Information
       
      FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech wrestling team and Head Coach Mike Ester are proud to announce the 2014-15 recruiting class.
       
      Of the 23 recruits, 12 are from the state of Indiana, including three local stars. The other 11 all hail from Michigan. The class has at least one athlete at each weight class with the most being four at 141-pounds while only one athlete is coming in at 174-pounds and 197-pounds.
       
      ?"We are excited about this group of young men coming into the Warrior wrestling family," exclaimed Ester. "This class not only is highly credentialed on a state and national level with their wrestling accomplishments, but is loaded with guys who are strong leaders. Many of them will make an immediate impact in our starting line-up as well as push the solid group of returning wrestlers we have to new heights. We are looking forward to these guys coming in to help us improve on our eighth-place finish at the NAIA national championships."
       
      The 125-pound weight class features two athletes from Fort Wayne in Enrique Early and Logan Aldrich as well as a Traverse City, Michigan native, Zachary Shaub.
      Early is a Snider High School graduate where he was a two-time team MVP, Fargo Junior Nationals Qualifier, Indiana/Illinois Senior All-Star Duals Team and two-time Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state medalist, finishing fourth and eighth. He plans to major in Business Management.
       
      Aldrich graduated from Northrop High School where he was a 2014 IHSAA State Finalist, Summit Athletic Conference Champion and sectional champion. He may see time at the 133-pound weight class too.
       
      Schaub is a St. Francis High School grad who could see time at 133-pouds as well. He was a three-time Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) qualifier, including a third-place finish in 2014. He was a two-time nationals representative for NUWAY All-American and Brute. The freshman plans to major in Electrical Engineering.
       
      The 133-pound weight class is represented by Allegan, Michigan native, Zane Corey, and Fort Wayne native, Robert Humphrey III. Both recruits could also see time at the 141-pound class.
       
      Corey is an Allegan High School alum who was a four-time conference champion, three-time state qualifier and 2014 MHSAA runner-up at 130-pounds.
       
      Humphrey III comes to Tech from Snider High School where he was a team captain and two-time semi-state qualifier.
       
      The largest class is at 141-pounds with three Michigan natives, Matt Miller, Da'Vion Williams and Collin Busing and one Indiana native, Jake Gross.
       
      Miller is a Davison native and was a four-time MHSAA state medalist for Davison High School finishing fifth, fourth, second and fourth in his career.
       
      Williams, a Southfield native, was a MHSAA state qualifier for Southfield High School. He was a regional runner-up, two-time district runner-up, Oakland county fourth-place finish at 140 pounds and the freshman will major in Energy Engineering.
       
      Busing comes to Fort Wayne from Bryon Center where he was an OK Green Conference champion for Byron Center High School. He was a two-time All-District performer, team captain and 2014 team state appearance. He graduates with 88 career high school wins.
       
      Gross is a Lowell Senior High School grad in Lowell, Indiana where he was a three-time NCC Conference champion, two-time IHSAA sectional champion and semi-state qualifier while also being a regional champion.
       
      At 149-pounds, Thomas Gary of Davison, Michigan and Seth Ferguson of Martinsville, Indiana have signed to join the Warriors next season.
       
      Garty joins Davison teammate Miller at Tech after being a four-time MHSAA state qualifier including a third-place finish. He was a three-time district champion, two-time regional and Genessee County champion as well as earning Academic All-State at 149- and 157-pounds.
       
      Ferguson is a Martinsville High School graduate where he was a two-time IHSAA state qualifier, Indianapolis Nationals champion and IHSAA Evansville semi-state runner-up. The freshman plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
       
      Two Michigan natives, Jared Elliott and Alonta Chapman along with Decatur, Indiana native, Logan Neher, make up the 157-pound class.
       
      Elliott is a Birch Run native where he was a three-time captain at Birch Run High School. He was a four-time Saginaw County champion, two-time MHSAA state runner-up and 2014 Academic All-State. He intends to major in Mechanical Engineering and could see time at 165-pounds this season.
       
      Chapman is a Jackson native where he was a two-time captain at Jackson Northwest High School. Chapman is a placer and runner-up at the EMU National Open as well as being a Michigan Monster Medal runner-up. He plans to major in Psychology.
       
      Neher is a Decatur native who was a 2014 state qualifier for Bellmont High School. He was a two-time placer at the Mishawaka Al Smith Memorial Tournament as well as earning 2014 Academic All-State honors. He will be majoring in Computer Engineering.
       
      At 165-pounds, Michigan Grappler's No. 23 rated senior class prospect, Jake Johnson, highlights the class. The Macomb, Michigan native was a four-time MHSAA state qualifier for Dakota High School and placed three times (4th, 4th, 3rd). He was a two-time Greco State champion, Freestyle state champion and two-time central regional Greco champion. He was also a 2013 Grappler Fall Classic All-American and plans to major in Computer Science.
       
      Joining Johnson is Carson Whaley, a Grand Blanc, Michigan native who could also see time at 174-pounds. While at Lake Fenton High School he was a three-time MHSAA state qualifier taking sixth in 2013 and third in 2013. He was a league and regional champion while being named a three-time team captain. He graduates with 174 career wins and plans to major in Business Management – Marketing.
       
      Andy Donaho is the lone recruit at 174-pounds. The Lake Fenton, Michigan native was a 2013 MHSAA state finalist and 2014 state champion for Lake Fenton High School. He was also named Tri-County Wrestler of the Year.
       
      The 184-pound weight class features an IHSAA state champion, a team captain and a semi-state qualifier all from Indiana.
       
      Damien Chambers of Ellettsville, Indiana headlines the group having won the IHSAA state title at 182-pounds in 2014. The Edgewood High School grad is a three-time Western Indiana Conference champion and 2014 IHSAA Evansville semi-state champion. He graduates as the record holder for most consecutive wins in a season with 44.
       
      Stone Neese of Brownsburg, Indiana was a team captain and two-time semi-state qualifier for Brownsburg High School while also earning Disney Duals All-American honors. He will be majoring in Fashion Merchandising.
       
      Griffith High School grad, Ryan Dunlap was a 2014 semi-state qualifier while also being runner-up at Lake County Conference and Sectional. The Griffith native plans to major in Criminal Justice.
       
      Tieshawn Johnson is a two-time conference and IHSAA sectional champ while also being a semi-state champion and IHSAA fifth-place medalist for Elkhart Memorial High School. The Elkhart, Indiana native plans to major in Business and Marketing while competing at 197-pounds.
       
      Andre Porter and Eric Ousley, both Indiana natives, round out the class in the heavyweight division.
       
      Porter comes to Tech from Hamilton Heights High School in Cicero, Indiana where he was a team captain. He was a two-time USA Wrestling Iowa Nationals All-American and an ISWA Folkstyle state champion. He will major in Psychology.
       
      Ousley is a Noblesville, Indiana native who is transferring from Harper Community College. He is a three-time ISWA Greco state champion, national duals and Fargo national team member while also being a two-time freestyle state placer at Hamilton Southeastern High School.

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      Camden Eppert Joins Wabash Wrestling Staff

      Richard Paige Wabash Sports Information
       
      CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. –Wabash College Director of Athletics Joe Haklin announced Thursday that Camden Eppert has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach.
       
      Eppert joins the Little Giant staff after spending the last four years as a member of the Purdue University wrestling team. During his career (2010-14), Eppert won 65 matches at 125 pounds, twice qualified for the NCAA Championships, and four times was named Academic All-Big Ten Conference.
       
      "I am thrilled and fortunate to join the Wabash College wrestling program," said Eppert. "I am extremely excited to begin my career as a coach and help student-athletes reach their goals on and off the mat. I've had the opportunity to be coached and mentored by countless people who have shaped my approach and I cannot wait to get started."
       
      [caption id=attachment_6735" align="alignright" width="150] Camden Eppert[/caption]
       
      Eppert graduated from Purdue in 2014, earning a bachelor of science while majoring in Public Health Promotions. During his tenure in West Lafayette, IN, he was a three-time All-Academic honoree by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, a team captain as a junior and senior, and was named Outstanding Freshman in 2011.
       
      As a senior in 2013-14, Eppert ranked fifth on the Boilermakers with 16 wins and was the 125-pound representative in 13 of 14 dual meets. As a junior, he posted a career-best 23 wins, including a 6-2 record in Big Ten dual meets. Over his last two seasons, Eppert was a combined 12 matches over .500 and won nearly 60 percent of his matches.
       
      Eppert made his first NCAA Championship appearance as a freshman in 2011, following a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. He followed up with another NCAA berth in 2012, knocking off a pair of nationally ranked opponents during the meet.
       
      "We couldn't have found a better hire for the position," said Wabash head wrestling coach Brian Anderson. "Camden is a proven winner and excelled on the mats and in the classroom while competing in college. He has strong name recognition across the state and is going to be a great help with our lower weight classes."
       
      In addition to his successes on the mat, Eppert was a member of the Boilermaker Athletic Council, the John R. Wooden Leadership Institute, and was granted membership in Mortar Board, the national college senior honor society.
       
      Born in Noblesville, IN, Eppert graduated in 2009 from Highland High School in Anderson, IN, winning IHSAA state titles in 2007 (103 pounds) and 2009 (119 pounds) to go with a 155-13 (.923) career record.
       
      Entering his 11th season as the Wabash head coach, Anderson guided the Little Giants to their best-ever finish at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships with a ninth-place finish in 2014. Riley Lefever became the first Little Giant to win a wrestling national championship, capturing the 184-pound weight class title. Wabash tied a school record by sending six competitors to the 2014 championship meet.

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      Ten More Added to 2014-15 Greyhound Wrestling Incoming Class

      Jackie Paquette, Asst. AD for Student Support & Sports Information
       
      INDIANAPOLIS- In a second wave of additions, UIndy Wrestling Head Coach Jason Warthan has announced another 10 new Greyhounds for the 2014-15 season. The 10 new grapplers bring the incoming class for next season to 17 members.
       
      Joining the UIndy roster in the fall will be Keith Bachert, Taylor DeLong, Jeff Dixon, Dylan Faulkenberg, Johnnie Foster, Mitch Goldbach, Justin Halaska, Brandon Hannigan, Jake Rickenbaugh and Alex Riegel. Three of the newcomers will be transfers into the Greyhound program, with the remaining seven coming on as true freshmen in August.
       
      Bachert, a Crete-Monee (Illinois) product, will come to UIndy as a 165. He earned eight total letters for the Warriors, in wrestling, baseball and cross country. Bachert was a three-time all-conference selection on the mat and was team MVP as a junior, while leading the team in wins as a senior.
       
      DeLong is a transfer to the Greyhounds as a 184 from NAIA Indiana Tech. The Westfield, Ind. native was an NAIA National Qualifier at Indiana Tech, and placed eighth in the state of Indiana as a senior in high school. He was also a member of the Indiana/Illinois All-Star team as a senior, and set both Westfield HS and county records for most pins.
       
      Dixon will come to UIndy from Fishers, Ind. and Hamilton Southeastern High School. The 197 or heavyweight earned four letters for the Royals on the mat, and was a two-time semi state qualifier as a prep.
       
      Faulkenberg, a three-sport student-athlete at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, will wrestle heavyweight as a Greyhound. He placed fourth in the state as a senior, and went 47-1 as a junior. The 12-time letter winner also helped CRHS to a football state title as a junior and a runner-up finish as a senior.
       
      Foster, the second of three incoming Illinois natives, will come to UIndy from Bloom Trail HS as a 184. He was a state placer in Illinois last year, taking sixth. He also played football for the Trailblazers, and was an honor roll student as a prep.
       
      Goldbach, also a transfer to UIndy, will make the move from NC State to the Greyhounds. A four-time conference champion and state qualifier in North Carolina as a prep, Goldbach will wrestle 133 for UIndy. The Wake Forest, NC native placed twice in his prep career, taking second as a sophomore and fifth as a senior, en route to a 147-20 high school record.
       
      Halaska is the third transfer to join the Greyhounds, coming from Heidelberg University. The 197 earned seven letters as a prep for Parma, Ohio HS, placing twice at state. He took eighth as both a junior and a senior, earning All-Conference accolades and All-Ohio honors both seasons.
       
      Hannigan also comes to UIndy via Illinois' Crete-Monee HS. The 174 was a state qualifier as a senior, earning the Warriors' MVP award in his final season. He was also a two-time All-Conference selection, as well as a three-sport athlete during high school.
       
      Rickenbaugh is a two-time state qualifier from Heritage Hills High School. The 174 took eighth in the state as a junior, and was a two-time Pocket Athletic Conference champion. He also won a pair of regional and sectional titles, en route to a 114-10 career record for the Patriots over three varsity seasons. Rickenbaugh set the Heritage Hills single-season record for pins with 37 as a senior as well.
       
      Riegel rounds out the newcomers, hailing from Evansville Reitz, which also produced two-time UIndy All-American and current assistant coach Alex Johns. Riegel, who will come to UIndy as a 157, was a team captain of a senior and posted a career record of 89-32 in earning three letters in wrestling at Reitz.
       
      Kyle Keller, Brendon Kelley, Heath Lange, Tyler Scott, D.J. Smith, Brian Wagner and J.D. Waters round out the newcomers for 2014-15, with their accomplishments archived in an earlier release, found here. The Greyhounds lost seven of their 10 starters from last year's eighth-place finishing team at the NCAA Division II National Championships to graduation or exhaustion of eligibility.

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      Paul Young Named Acting Head Wrestling Coach at Army

      WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army assistant coach Paul Young has been named acting head coach for the Army wrestling program, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today.
      Young, who recently completed his third season at Army, will oversee the program while a national search for a head coach is conducted.
       
      Joe Heskett has decided to leave Army West Point to pursue an administrative opportunity at West Virginia University.
       
      "We want to thank coach Heskett for the past four years with us," said Corrigan. "With every change, comes a great opportunity to reinvigorate our program and find a new leader. We are deeply committed to our cadets and will find a great head coach."

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      Tyrel Todd Announced as Purdue Assistant Coach

      Today new Purdue coach Tony Ersland announced that former Michigan Wolverine standout Tyrel Todd will be joining him on staff. Todd comes in with a wealth of success at the NCAA and Olympic levels. Todd was a two-time All-American at 197lbs including winning the B1G championship as a senior.
       
      Click here for a link to Todd's bio on Purdue's website.

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      Tony Ersland Named Purdue Head Wrestling Coach

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke has announced the hiring of Tony Ersland as head wrestling coach. Ersland takes the helm of the Boilermaker program with extensive Division I coaching experience and success in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mid-American conferences.
       


      " data-width="466"> Post by Purdue Wrestling. "We had many qualified candidates, but in the end it was clear that Tony had emerged as our No. 1 choice," Burke said. "He presented a comprehensive plan for moving our wrestling program forward both in the Big Ten and nationally. His resume as a coach and as a student-athlete is impressive, and it is clear he knows the look and feel of a championship-caliber program. I congratulate our search team, led by Calvin Williams, for selecting an outstanding head coach."
       
      "I'd like to thank Calvin Williams, Morgan Burke and the entire search committee that I dealt with during hiring process," Ersland said. "Being named head wrestling coach at Purdue means a lot to me. I've been coaching for 17 years, and I got into this business to lead young men. I know the path I have taken to get to this point and the individuals that I have worked with have prepared me to create an elite program at Purdue. I'm thankful Purdue has put its trust in me to lead the wrestling program."
       
      Ersland comes to Purdue after serving as an assistant coach at Nebraska for the past eight seasons. While on staff, the Huskers have tallied a 102-41-2 dual record, seven top-20 team finishes at the NCAA Championships and grapplers have earned 17 All-America honors. Ersland, who primarily worked with the upper weights, coached three-time All-American, two-time NCAA finalist and 2009 Big 12 champion and Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet Craig Brester at 197 pounds. He also coached four-time qualifiers in Josh Ihnen (184) and Tucker Lane (285).
       
      During his 17 years, Ersland has played an integral role in developing student-athletes that are accomplished on the mat and nationally recognized. He has had 86 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, with 28 earning All-America honors and four finishing at the top of the podium. Two of his pupils, Jordan Burroughs and Jake Herbert, earned the highest honor a collegiate grappler can receive in the Dan Hodge Award. Ersland continued to develop Burroughs on the international stage as he claimed the 2011 and 2013 World titles at 74 kg. In 2012, Burroughs claimed Olympic gold in London.
       
      "Tony has been associated with winning programs and has significant experience in the Big Ten Conference," associate athletics director Calvin Williams said. "He brings a level of maturity and focus that will be conducive to taking our wrestling program to the next level. We believe very strongly that he is the right choice for Purdue University."
       
      Prior to his post at Nebraska, Ersland coached the Cyclone Wrestling Club in Ames, Iowa. Ersland worked with Iowa State NCAA champions Trent Paulson (157) and David Zabriskie (285) among other multiple NCAA qualifiers and All-Americans.
       
      His familiarity with the Big Ten extends beyond his time at Nebraska. From 2000-2005, Ersland was the head assistant wrestling coach at Northwestern, and he also served as a coach and board member for the Wildcat Wrestling Club.
       
      He was the head assistant wrestling coach at Northern Illinois in 1999 and 2000 after getting his start as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan from 1997 to 1999.
       
      On the mat, Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa under legendary coach Dan Gable and was a part of three-straight NCAA team championships (1995-97) and four Big Ten Championships (1994-97). During his senior season in 1997, Ersland finished one match shy of All-America honors at 177 pounds.
       
      The Humboldt, Iowa, native excelled in the classroom as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Board of Control Athletics Award winner, and was bestowed with Iowa wrestling's J. Donald McPike Award, given to the senior on the team with the highest grade-point average.
       
      Ersland earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Iowa (1997) and a Master of Arts in athletic administration from Central Michigan (1999).
       
      Ersland and his wife, Carolyn, have twin sons, Mason and Jaxon.

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      Wabash Wrestling Makes Solid Service Finalist List

      Brent Harris
      5/20/2014 3:03:00 PM
       
      The National Wrestling Coaches Association and Elite Level Sports Marketing announced six finalists for the Best of Brand "Solid Service" Award, which included the Wabash College wrestling program.
       
      The Little Giants made the finals list along with Indiana Tech, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Ouachita Baptist, and Wayland Baptist. The "Solid Service" Award recognizes wrestling programs which created videos that highlight community service outreach during the season.
       
      "I am excited for Wabash wrestling to be named a finalist for this 'Solid Service' Award because it will help bring more attention to JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which was one of our overall goals for the 2013-14 season," said Little Giant head coach Brian Anderson.
       
      "Our guys put forth tremendous effort in raising money and awareness for JDRF," assistant coach and social media coordinator Danny Irwin added. "We hope through our video helps get that message out and strengthens the impact we have as a program with JDRF."
       
      Wabash has participated in JDRF walks the past two season, working as "Team Kelsey." Anderson's daughter, Kelsey was diagnosed with diabetes over two years ago. Wabash wrestler Conner Lefever, a 2014 Midwest Regional champion and NCAA Division III national qualifier at 174 pounds, is also a diabetic. The wrestling team provided additional support for JDRF by creating an Outdoor Takedown Tournament in the fall of 2013. The team moved wrestling mats on the Mud Hollow Stadium soccer and lacrosse field and raised money through donations throughout the tournament held prior to a home Wabash football game.
       
      Criteria for determining the "Solid Service" Award recipient includes a panel of judges assessing video performance (70 percent) and an online voting competition (30 percent). The online voting component will include 15 percent allocated to the actual vote totals and 15 percent to the creativity of the campaign during the Battle Round voting. The quarterfinal round of voting begins at noon on June 9 and runs until 9 p.m. (EDT). Voting information can be found at http://www.nwcaonline.com/nwcawebsite/best-of-brand-battle-rounds.

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      Quiroga Receives Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award

      Boilermaker will be recognized at the N4A National Convention in Orlando, Fla., on June 7.
       
      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Cashé Quiroga has been named a 2014 recipient of the prestigious National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award, honoring the Boilermaker for overcoming great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Quiroga, who recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, will be recognized at the N4A National Convention in Orlando, Fla., on June 7.
       
      Quiroga is the fourth Purdue student-athlete to receive the N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award, joining fellow wrestler Akif Eren (2011), Kevin Hough (1993, men's golf) and John Reeves (1998, football) as recipients.
       
      The four-year letterwinner has experienced the highs and lows of being a student-athlete. As an unseeded true freshman, Quiroga earned All-America honors at 125 pounds, a feat only five other Boilermaker grapplers had ever accomplished. He qualified for a second NCAA appearance as a redshirt sophomore, but didn't get on the podium. The next year he didn't even qualify.
       
      Quiroga met some of the nation's toughest competition in the middle of the mat on a weekly basis, but it was the trials and tribulations off the mat that loomed the heaviest in the opposing corner.
       
      For years, Quiroga has dealt with the horrors of drug abuse amongst his immediate family. Not only was he balancing an academic workload along with high wrestling goals, but he was learning how to cope with a wide-range of emotions. He knew that at any moment his phone could ring and he had to be ready for what he was about to hear.
       
      One would think being 65 miles from home would allow Quiroga to mentally escape from the daily nightmare the drug abuse was exerting on him, but it wasn't. His four younger siblings were immersed right in the middle of it. They saw their big brother as their rock and when he'd make the drive home to Indianapolis, they didn't want to see him go.
       
      The internal struggle Quiroga fought, "Do I stay at Purdue or do I go home, but if I go home, what sort of an example am I setting?" only added to the emotions he had to cope with. It was hard and wrestling was his release.
       
      "There was a lot of pent up anger with stuff that was going on," Quiroga said. "Some days I would go in [to practice] and the coaches would tell me that I had to calm down. It definitely was a good release to be able to go in there and go hard and get it all out."
       
      Early in the summer between his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons while attending a wrestling camp, Quiroga felt a few pains in his hip. He didn't think much of it until he woke up the next morning drenched in sweat, unable to move. Everything the doctors tested him for came back negative and he was sent home. One day of gut-wrenching pain turned into two, then three. Finally, the hospital admitted him and two days later it was discovered he had a severe staph infection in his blood stream.
       
      The infection was so severe that the prognosis delivered by the doctors was bleak; "We hope that he will be able to recover and walk."
       
      "When the doctor first said that stuff to me, it was...my stomach dropped, my heart dropped," Quiroga said. "In the back of my head, I knew I'd be fine. I knew it wasn't the end for me."
       
      Quiroga spent the rest of the summer recovering at home learning how to walk while warding off future infections with heavy-duty antibiotics. Not to mention, he was doing all of this amongst the multitude of stresses exerted on the family by way of drug abuse. The end of summer couldn't come fast enough.
       
      Five months after contracting staph, Quiroga was finally able to get back out on the mat, but it wasn't the same. He was plagued by injury after injury, proving that his body was not as resilient as it once was. Quiroga was in a dark place and there didn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
       
      It's when all seems lost that things take a turn for the better.
       
      As his final season at Purdue got underway, the demons Quiroga had fought for years were by no means gone, but they subsided enough to allow him to obtain what had always been the ultimate goal.
       
      Knowing that the 2013-14 season was going to be his last, a fire was ignited. Quiroga went from unranked to one of the nation's top-10 133-pounders. He was relentless offensively with 10 victories resulting in bonus points. Along the way to an 18-8 record, he upended eight nationally ranked opponents, placed third at the Big Ten Championships and finished just one match shy of earning his second All-America honor.
       
      A wrestler isn't satisfied with his performance unless he comes home with a title. Did the season end the way Quiroga wanted it to? He'll tell you no, of course not, but two months after the NCAA Championships he finally had the opportunity to bask in the personal satisfaction of all that he has conquered. Thanks to the unconditional support from his family, coaches and teammates, Quiroga achieved his greatest accomplishment: college graduate.
       
       
       
      About the N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award: The N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award is intended to honor student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. These young men and women may not be the best athletes or students, and therefore may not have been recognized by other organizations or awards. Nonetheless, they have persevered and made significant personal strides toward success. These are the students who benefit most from academic athletic advisement programs and represent our motivation and sense of satisfaction. We recognize them for their achievements with the N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. The common thread for all the recipients of this award is motivation or drive to succeed and the work ethic that overcomes difficult situations. To read the Wilma Glodean Rudolph story, please click here.

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      @INTechWrestling in Best of Brand "Solid Service" Video Finals

      Aubree Reichel
       
      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- For the second year in a row, Indiana Tech wrestling is one of the six finalists in the Elite Level Sports Marketing (ELSM) and National Wrestling Coaches Association's (NWCA) Best of Brand "Solid Service" category the groups announced on Tuesday. The category highlights programs' community service outreach during the season. The Warriors won the award last year.
       
      Other finalists include Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Ouachita Baptist, Wabash and Wayland Baptist.
       
      This year, the wrestling team participated in The Women's Bureau's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana's Buddy Walk and hosted the Warrior Elite Wrestling Camp.
       
      The winner will be determined through judges assessing video performance (70%) and an online voting competition (30%). The online voting is split into two parts, as well, with half of the 30% allocated to the actual vote totals and the other half to the creativity of the campaign during the "Battle Round" voting.
       
      The Battle Round will be in bracket format and will begin on Monday, June 9 at noon and can be found here.
       
      Indiana Tech is "seeded" in the #2 spot behind Wayland Baptist and will, therefore, receive a bye to the semifinal round beginning at noon Tuesday, June 10 with the final starting at noon Wednesday, June 11. Voting concludes at 9 p.m. during each round.
       
      The winner will be announced at the 2014 NWCA Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on August 1.
       
      Last year's video and current polls can be found here.

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      Indianpolis Wrestling fourth-best DII team as All-Academic Teams named

      COMPLETE 2013-14 NCAA DII ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS
       
      INDIANAPOLIS- The 2014 NCAA Super Regional #2 champion Greyhound wrestling team placed seven on the 2013-14 NCAA Division II All-Academic wrestling teams, and placed fourth in the academic rankings as a team.
       
      The fourth place team ranking, with a team GPA of 3.333 for the season, is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of 10 wrestlers from each team, of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their teams Super Regional tournament. California Baptist won this year's Academic team title, with a GPA of 3.375.
       
      UIndy placed four grapplers on the All-Academic First Team, with Alex Johns (3.32; Exercise Science), Josh Kieffer (3.24; Criminal Justice), Justin Kieffer (3.14; Nursing) and Jeff Weiss (3.13; Nursing) all making the first team. The Greyhounds, along with Western State, placed the most on the first team, which is made up of 47 wrestlers.
       
      On the second team, Taylor Scott (3.52; Criminal Justice), represented the Greyhounds, while Weston Davis (3.76; Education) and Shelby Mappes (3.07; Nursing) each were named Honorable Mention All-Academic.
       
      A total of 181 student-athletes from 38 institutions were honored as All-Academic. In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he needs a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his institution, be a varsity team member or key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation submitted on his behalf.

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      Beyond the Mat: Wrestling a Lifetime Passion for Tsirtsis

      By Mike Zoller, NUSports.com
       
      EVANSTON, Ill. — In the Tsirtsis family you’re born with wrestling headgear. Northwestern wrestler Jason Tsirtsis added onto his family’s wrestling legacy by not only winning an NCAA Championship this year, but also becoming the first freshman Wildcat to win a title.
       
      With a family full of decorated wrestlers, Tsirtsis followed suit winning four straight Indiana high school championships at Crown Point High School and was named the 2012 InterMat High School Wrestler of the Year.
       
      Tsirtsis had the benefit of being guided by his older brother Alex, who himself had been a four-time high school state champion never losing once in those four years compiling a record of 236-0.
       
      “He’s been an influence ever since I began wrestling,” Tsirtsis said. “But I’d say the biggest time frame of him helping was after his career in college. He came home after college and he was involved all the time with me. He knows my wrestling better than anyone. He’s able to watch me and critique me better than anyone.”
      With the Tsirtsis name and a laundry list of awards and championships the recruiting process was intense. It came down to Oklahoma State and Northwestern. Tsirtsis saw pros and cons to both programs but in the end he chose Northwestern not only because it was closer to home, but he saw the program on the rise and wanted to be part of something special.
       
      “Oklahoma State has the richest wrestling history ever in the NCAA,” Tsirtsis said. “But Oklahoma State is 14 hours away and NU is only an hour. Having that hometown support is really crucial. Big Ten wrestling is the best in the country and we’re an up-and-coming program. We’re not a powerhouse or the best yet but we’re on our way.”
       
      Head coach Drew Pariano called his recruiting battle with Oklahoma State the toughest he had ever faced.
       
      “They (Oklahoma State) won 34 team national titles,” he said. “It’s a compliment that we were recruiting against them. The best guys are going to choose wrestling powers and it’s an added bonus that we have a great academic program here.”
       
      Tsirtsis wrestled unattached during his first year in Evanston, which allowed him to develop without burning a year of eligibility.
       
      During that first year Tsirtsis wrestled most of the time in the 141 lbs. weight class but felt more comfortable at 149 lbs. and made the decision to keep the weight rather than constantly battle to lose it.
       
      “I could have made 141 if I reshaped my body and dieted,” he said. “At that point you’re not focused on wrestling, you’re focused on cutting weight. You’re not in the right mindset. That unattached year made me realize I had to move up a weight class and get a little bit bigger.”
       
      By any measure Tsirtsis had a successful and productive year wrestling unattached. He went 18-3 and won three tournaments, while placing eighth at the 50th annual Midlands Championships. He also wrestled at the Junior World Team Trials and represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria.
       
      Coming back to Evanston to begin his first real season of collegiate wrestling Pariano knew Tsirtsis could be capable of big things.
       
      “Before he even started I was telling people he was going to be a four-time national champ,” Pariano said. “I don’t do that too much – if ever. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that. If I say something like that it probably comes from pretty deep within.”
       
      Junior heavyweight Mike McMullan noticed Tsirtsis’ talent from the start. As a team leader he watched over the freshman but didn’t mentor him in the traditional way.
       
      “Jason’s a unique kid,” McMullan said. “He doesn’t need the same guidance that other younger kids need. He knows what he is capable of. Being someone who shares similar aspirations, we can relate to one another and talk about our goals and our vision for how matches should go.”
       
      It wasn’t a smooth start for Tsirtsis. After some early success he suffered three losses in a span of two weeks. He turned those losses into positives, and they would wind up as his only three losses of the entire 2013-14 season
       
      “We watched and evaluated those matches,” assistant coach Jay Borschel said. “We saw some things where he didn’t control the match. He didn’t control the hand fighting. The other guy pushed him around and controlled him.”
       
      “He needed to change his workout regimen and probably get a little better sleep,” Pariano said. “I don’t think it was necessarily a wake-up call but it was definitely a message that, ‘Hey if I want to win a national title I need to do ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’’ and he did.”
       
      It’s not uncommon for a young wrestler to stumble during the middle of the year. McMullan said one of the hardest things to adjust to is the full grind of how long the NCAA season lasts.
       
      “The one thing a lot of people find out from that redshirt year is that they don’t realize the length of the season,” McMullan said. “When you’re actually in the lineup you’re competing week in and week out. He made the adjustments and remembered his capabilities. He had a little hiccup in the middle and ended on a pretty long win streak.”
       
      Tsirtsis wouldn’t lose again. He notched individual victories over wrestlers from No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Iowa earning him a No. 3 seed in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. On the way to the Big Ten Championship, Tsirtsis knocked off the two wrestlers seeded above him, and following the tournament he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
       
      Despite being the Big Ten Champion at 149lbs, Tsirtsis entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed. Something that didn’t sit right with Pariano.
       
      “I was not happy with the draw,” Pariano said. “To win the Big Ten Tournament you have to be an absolute stud. But he (Tsirtsis) had a really good perspective on it saying ‘I have to beat everyone anyways so I might as well beat them early.’”
       
      In the quarterfinals Tsirtsis defeated the reigning NCAA champion at 141 lbs. only to follow that up with a victory over the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. In the semis Tsirtsis had just nine seconds to escape his opponent’s hold – he got out with one second remaining.
       
      “It was an intensity-filled nine seconds,” he said. “Probably the most intense nine seconds I’ve had in my life.”
       
      It was also the match that would provide the timeless image of the tournament as Pariano hoisted a bloodied Tsirtsis up into the air just after his victory.
       
      “I didn’t know he was bleeding,” Pariano said. “Back in the hall I was like, ‘You’re bleeding?’ They stitched him up right there – three stitches.”
       
      After notching All-American status with a win in the semifinal match, Tsirtsis went into the final match and, true to his “Cardiac Cat” style tournament, took down the No. 11 seed in overtime to become the NCAA Champion.
       
      “After I won it was like I hadn’t even won” Tsirtsis said. “It was overwhelming. As a kid you want to be an NCAA champ. To finally have the opportunity to reach that goal and succeed so quickly in my career is pretty surreal and hard to explain.”
       
      Alex embraced Tsirtsis after the match. While he had been a highly touted recruit out of high school, he had never finished better than seventh at the NCAA Championships.
       
      “I saw him after I got my award and gave him a big hug,” Jason said. “It was real emotional. It was a great moment.”
       
      Tsirtsis is now focused on the offseason where he will wrestle in a few tournaments before returning to Evanston for the 2014-15 season. As the returning champ he’s preparing to be the wrestler to beat.
       
      “People are going to come after him harder now than ever before,” Pariano said. “In wrestling its such a one-on-one sport that he’s going to have to be ready for every single match. The Big Ten isn’t going to get any easier. The (149 lbs.) weight class is going to remain one of the best in the country.”
       
      Besides being the champion, Tsirtsis will also be looked to as a leader when the season starts. The Wildcats boast the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation and they will look to him for guidance.
       
      “I’m more of a vocal guy than most,” Tsirtsis said. “I like to express what I think and see. I’ll make sure I’m on those guys. I want to make sure I’m encouraging them too. I need to make sure they are training hard and are on the right track. I also need to make sure I lead by example.”
       
      For next year the goal is simple for Tsirtsis – repeat. But he’s going to make sure he enjoys his time as well.
       
      “I just need to keep getting better, but also having fun. That’s going to make the goal (of repeating) a little less stressful and a little more entertaining and enjoyable.”
       
      Via http://www.nusports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/050514aaa.html

      471

      LeBlanc, Lappan Win Big Ten Medal of Honor

      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass presented seniors Ryan LeBlanc (Wrestling) and Meghan Lappan (Water Polo) with the 2014 Big Ten Medal of Honor tonight at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase at the IU Auditorium.
       
      The Big Ten Conference is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor award. The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, more than 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
       
      Lappan has been named Academic All-Big Ten and a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Academic Team for the past three years. The senior has started all but seven matches since she became a Hoosier in 2011. Known for her defensive powers, Lappan has career totals of 142 steals, 66 goals, and 90 assists.
       
      A member of one of the best team's in IU water polo history, Lappan helped the 2012 squad to a 28-9 record, setting a program record for wins in a season and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the country. In her freshman season Lappan and the team made the trip to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. She also helped this year's squad repeat as back-to-back Western Division Champions, a feat that had never been done at IU.
       
      Just this past weekend Lappan and her teammates won the CWPA championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
       
      Lappan was also presented with a Scholastic Achievement Award, Hoosier HERO award and Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award at tonight's ceremony.
       
      The North Vancouver, B.C., Canada native will graduate this May with her degree in sociology. Lappan plans on moving back to Vancouver upon graduation with the goal of working with children and teaching water polo.
       
      A redshirt senior, LeBlanc racked up 103 wins in his career, more than double his amount of losses (51). He also accumulated 25 major decisions, nine technical falls and 11 pins en route.
       
      The three-time NCAA Qualifier advanced to the round of the 12 at the 2014 NCAA Championships, coming up just one win shy of becoming an All-American. LeBlanc earned Academic All-America laurels from the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 2013. His excellence in the classroom was recognized by the conference office as well as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
       
      Off the mat LeBlanc served as the 2013-14 president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

      411

      Greyhound wrestling adds seven for 2014-15

      INDIANAPOLIS- Head Coach Jason Warthan will add seven new Greyhounds to his 2014-2015 roster, signing the new UIndy student-athletes as a part of National Signing Day April 16.
       
      Joining the Hounds will be Kyle Keller, Brendon Kelley, Heath Lange, Tyler Scott, DJ Smith, Brian Wagner and JD Waters. The seven new Greyhounds boast placing at their state meets a total of 16 times, including four state championships. The group contains three grapplers who hold their prep career wins records, and a total record of 1,034-213 with a .829 win percentage, while the group went to the state meet a total of 19 times in their careers.
       
      "We are obviously very excited and proud to add these student-athletes to the Greyhound wrestling family," Warthan said. "They are all character guys that take academics seriously and will all bring a unique set of skills to our team."
       
      Keller, who will come in as a 133-pounder for the Hounds, is a Delta, Ohio product, earning four letters for the Panthers. He is a four-time state qualifier, and placed three times at the Ohio State Championships in his career. He boasts a runner-up finish this past season, along with a fourth place finish as a junior and a fifth place finish as a sophomore. Keller closed out his prep career with a record of 178-28, along with 96 career pins. He helped Delta to two state dual championships, and was a four-time league and sectional champion. His 178 wins are a Delta career record, while off the mat he was a four-year honor roll student and a 2014 Academic All-Ohio selection.
       
      Kelley is an Indiana native, coming to the Hounds from Evansville Central High School. The three-time IHSAA state placer holds the Bears' record for career wins, posting a record of 169-18 in high school. Kelley went 50-0 with 37 pins en route to the 152-pound Indiana State title, pinning his opponent in 2:24 in the state championship bout. He will come in as a 149 for UIndy, after placing fourth as a junior and fifth as a sophomore. Kelley tallied a total of 121 pins and tech falls during his career, and was a three-time Regional champion a two-time sectional champion and a two-time Souther Indiana Athletics Conference champion.
       
      Lange will also make the trip West to UIndy from Ohio. The Huntsville native earned four letters on the mat for Indian Lake High School, posting a career record of 147-36 as a two-time Ohio state placer. Lange, who will come into the UIndy room as a 157, is a three-time state qualifier, taking fourth as a junior and third as a senior. The honor roll student is a four-time All-Area selection, a three-time Conference champion, a two-time sectional champion and Indian Lake's career wins leader.
       
      Scott will come in as a 197 for the Greyhounds, from Cedar Lake, Ind.'s Hanover Central High School. The high honor roll student went 139-40 as a prep, placing fourth at the IHSAA state championships as a senior. He is a two-time Regional and Sectional champion, adding a semistate and conference title to his resume as a senior as well. The two-time Academic All-State honoree was also a four-time semistate qualifier during his career for the Wildcats.
       
      Smith, from nearby Franklin, Ind., will come into the UIndy room as a 125-pounder. The 2014 Indiana state champion at 113 pounds, Smith is a three-time Midstate, Johnson County and sectional champion. He was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state placer, also taking third as a junior. He boasts a career record of 111-14 with 494 career takedowns as a Grizzly Cub, and is also an Honor Roll student and National Honors Society member.
       
      Wagner is also a Central Indiana product, from UIndy alum Chad Red's New Palestine program. Wagner earned nine total letters at New Pal, and will come to UIndy as a 197-pounder. He is a two-time state placer, taking third at 182 in 2013 and second at 195 this past year. He also earned a semistate champion as a senior, and was the sectional and regional runner-up this past year. He leaves New Pal with a career record of 131-29, and is a four-year member of the Academic "A" Team, as well as a member of the National Honors Society.
       
      Waters rounds out the class, coming to UIndy as a 149 from Hudson, Mich. The two-time state champion and three-time state placer went 159-48 as a prep, and also was a three-time All-County selection, along with a three-time District and Regional champ. He also was a two-time League and county champion, and was honored as the LCAA Wrestling Scholar Athlete three times. He was also Academic All-State as a senior, and is a National Honors Society member.
       
      The Greyhounds lost seven of their 10 starters from this year's eighth-place finishing team at the NCAA Division II National Championships to graduation or exhaustion of elgibility.

      392

      Lefever Named D3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year

      Brent Harris
       
      Riley Lefever continues to add accolades to his resume, earning Freshman of the Year honors for 2014 from d3wrestle.com.
       
      Lefever was named to the website's All-Freshman team at 184 pounds. He was the only first year to win a national title — the first national champion in the history of the Wabash wrestling program. He scored a takedown in the closing seconds of overtime to defeat 2013 national runner-up Brian Broderick from The College of New Jersey in the championship round to earn the title. In addition, Lefever finished the season with a spotless 41-0 record.
       
      Lefever also finished tied for eighth in the InterMat Freshman of the Year voting. The award is presented to the best college freshman among NCAA Divisions I, II, and III based upon balloting by ten writers and executives of InterMatWrestle.com. Lefever joined ten other rookie wrestlers who received at least one vote on the ballot.
       
      Jason Tsirtsis, a Crown Point, Indiana native and 149-pounder for Northwestern University, was named the website's top overall freshman. Tsirtsis finished the year with an overall record of 32-3 while capturing NCAA Division I and Big Ten championship titles in his first season. He received five of the ten available first-place votes.
       
      Lefever was the only Division III freshman to receive votes in InterMatWrestle.com balloting.
       
      "It's an awesome honor to get recognized by d3wrestle.com and InterMatWrestle.com," Lefever said. "Being recognized with fellow Indiana native and NCAA Division I national champion Jason Tsirtsis is a tremendous accomplishment. He was one of the wrestlers I looked up to while I was competing in high school. To be on the same list makes me feel like I'm heading in the right direction as a student-athlete."
       
      "This is icing on the cake for Riley to not only be named the Division III Freshman of the Year, but to be recognized as one of the best freshmen wrestlers across all divisions," Wabash head coach Brian Anderson said. "The way in which Riley approached all phases of his life the entire year definitely enabled him to enjoy the success he did and achieve such high accolades."
       
      Lefever was part of a school-record six national qualifiers at the DIII Wrestling Championships for Wabash. The Little Giant team earned a ninth-place finish for its best effort in 19 trips to nationals. Reece Lefever, Riley's older brother, added his second All-America award in as many years with a fourth-place finish at 157 pounds. Reece finished seventh as a sophomore in 2013.
       
      2014 d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year/All-Freshmen Team
       
      InterMatWrestle.com Freshman of the Year

      423

      No. 17 Purdue Wrestling to Host Indiana on Monday

      No. 17 Purdue Wrestling to Host Indiana on Monday
       
      Purdue looks to earn its third straight win over Indiana on Monday.\
       

       
      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 17th-ranked Purdue wrestling team looks to wrap up the 2013 Big Ten dual season in grand fashion as they host archrival Indiana on Monday in Holloway Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. The Boilermakers look for their first winning conference dual mark in 15 years as they enter the match at 13-5 overall and 4-3 in Big Ten duals, while Indiana is just 6-8 (0-6 Big Ten).
       
      With last week’s three match sweep of Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan, the Boilermakers have already hit several historical marks this season. The Boilermakers’ 13 dual wins and four Big Ten dual victories are their most since 2004, and their highest totals under sixth-year head coach Scott Hinkel. Their three-match conference win streak is their longest since 2003, and a win over Indiana on Monday would mark their first winning conference record and their longest conference win streak since 1998.
       
      “We’re on a great run right now, but we have to keep our foot on the gas,” said Hinkel. “We had three great matches last week, and now our focus is on beating Indiana and continuing our pursuit of our goals. We have to keep doing it one match at a time.”
       
      Several individuals have been instrumental in the Boilermakers’ three-dual win streak, but none more so than sophomores Brandon Nelsen and Patrick Kissel. Nelsen and Kissel are undefeated in their last three contests, each scoring bonus points in two of the three bouts. Nelsen came up with a clutch fall in the 22-14 win over Wisconsin, in addition to a huge 12-0 major decision over Michigan’s Camryn Jackson to secure the dual-winning bonus point, while Kissel had major decisions in the wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern, as well as a late takedown to seal a 4-3 win over Michigan’s Chris Heald last Sunday.
       
       
       
      “Brandon and Patrick have really come on strong for us this season and are taking care of business,” said Hinkel. “It’s great when guys are consistently winning in your lineup, but when they’re getting bonus points it’s huge. Those are the difference between wins and losses for the team.”
       
       
       
      Junior captain Cashé Quiroga returned to the lineup last weekend after a month layoff, earning a pair of key victories at Northwestern and at home against Michigan. Quiroga is 6-1 on the year at 133 pounds with a trio of Big Ten dual wins, looking to finish the season strong and earn a bid to his third NCAA Championship.
       
       
       
      “Getting Cashé back in the lineup is big for our team,” said Hinkel. “Aside from the talent he brings to his individual match and results, he’s a sparkplug for the rest of our guys. He competes with a very high energy level and that’s contagious.”
       
      The Hoosiers come to West Lafayette in search of their first Big Ten win of the season, having dealt with a tough year of injuries in their starting lineup. They’ve been without starters at 133, 141, 165 and 197 pounds through parts of the season, and the entire year in some cases. The highlights of the Indiana lineup remain at 157 and 285 pounds, where sophomore Taylor Walsh and junior Adam Chalfant have put together outstanding seasons. Walsh is 26-6 this season at 157 pounds, good for a top-15 ranking nationally, while Chalfant is 20-6 at heavyweight, also claiming a spot inside the national top-15 in a brutal Big Ten weight class.
       
      Monday’s match will feature a series of specials and promotions, including buy one, get one free tickets and an honorary captain appearance by Purdue University president Mitch Daniels. The match will air live on the Big Ten Network, marking the Boilermakers’ only live television appearance of the season. Tickets for the dual are $5 for adults and $2 for youth, with groups of 15 or more gaining admission for $1 per person, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Following tradition of the last home dual of the season, Boilermaker seniors Tommy Churchard, Jake Fleckenstein and Ivan Lopouchanski will all be honored before the dual in a presentation starting at approximately 6 p.m. Doors to Holloway Gymnasium will open at 5:30 p.m.

      397

      Tsirtsis Commits to Wrestle for Northwestern

      IndianaMat.com has learned that Crown Point Bulldog and #1 ranked Jason Tsirtsis has verbally committed to continue his wrestling career at Northwestern University.  In the end the decision was between Northwestern and Oklahoma State.  Tsirtsis cited Northwestern's great academics and proximity to home as key reasons for the decision. 
       
      Even before the beginning of his senior year, Tsirtsis has left quite a mark on Indiana wrestling. He will be gunning for his fourth state title to join very exclusive company. Added to his in-state success is numerous national accolades including a Junior National Freestyle championship this summer. He has also placed highly at the FILA Junior Freestyle championships defeating many collegiate freshmen and sophomores in the process. Look for him to have an immediate impact at Northwestern.
       
      Congratulations to Jason and best of luck pursuing an NCAA championship.

      1082

      Indiana Tech Dominates First Ever Match

      Mike Ester and the Indiana Tech Warriors set the tone early and didn’t let up in the first match in the school’s history. The Warriors defeated the third ranked Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders 29-18 in front of a standing room only crowd at the Warrior Athletic Complex. The night started and ended almost identically, both literally and figuratively with the Lefever twins on the receiving ends of forfeits. In between those forfeits was some great wrestling that had the crowd on their feet the whole time.
       
      South Bend native Kyle Long started the night out on fire defeating #6 ranked Harrison Courtney 12-0. In the only battle of two ranked opponents Long dominated from start to finish. Five point moves in the first and second period set the tone as Long never seemed to be in any trouble throughout the match. At 174lbs Kafuba Donzon, a JUCO transfer from Darton Community College(Georgia), put on a takedown clinic getting seven takedowns en route to a 17-8 major decision victory. The win pushed the Warrior lead to 14-0.
       
      After taking several years off of school and wrestling Fort Wayne’s own Tanner Martin put on a show at 184lbs. The former Snider state qualifier did not look rusty as he defeated James Haywood 19-8 in a wild match that featured many upper body throws and Tanner Martin double legs. The Warriors suffered their first defeat at 197lbs when former Mishawaka Caveman Dustin Boyd lost 7-2 to #7 Jacob Bradford. Boyd made things interesting in the third period when he took Bradford down early, but he could not get the much needed points to overcome the early deficit. The heavyweight match did not go Indiana Tech’s way as Derek Nickel lat dropped Andre Dunn early and picked up the fall 1:01 into the match.
       

       
      Connor Hughes of Indiana Tech faced #9 Myron Bradbury of Lindsey Wilson at 125lbs. Hughes and Bradbury were knotted at two entering the third period, but an escape and takedown by Bradbury sealed the 5-2 victory for the Blue Raider. The most dominant performance came at 133lbs when former Prairie Heights Panther Travis Barroquillo defeated #9 ranked Keith Klink by a 16-1 tech fall. Barroquillo led 4-0 entering the third period, but put on a show by putting Klink to him back from his feet twice to get the much needed tech fall. With the win, the Warriors were ahead 23-12 with two matches left.
       
      The last two matches were anti-climatic as Indiana Tech freshman Adam Fahs was forced to default his match late into the first period due to a shoulder injury. At 149lbs, former Carroll Charger Reece Lefever rounded out the meet accepting a forfeit.
       
      The night was quite special as it was the first ever college wrestling match in Fort Wayne and the Warriors put on quite a show. The standing room only crowd was loud and boisterous, which surely fueled the already fired up Warrior wrestlers. The Warriors utilized great conditioning to break their opponents in the third period and were very impressive. Look for the Warriors to make quite an impact this year and over the next few years.
       
      125- #9 Myron Bradbury(LW) decision Connor Hughes 5-2
      133- Travis Barroquillo(IT) tech fall #9 Kieth Klink 15-0
      141- #6 DaMonte Riley(LW) Injury Default Adam Fahs
      149- Reece Lefever(IT) Forfeit
      157- Conner Lefever(IT) Forfeit
      165- #11 Kyle Long(IT) major decision #6 Harrison Courtney 12-0
      174- Kafuba Donzon(IT) major decision Aaron Back 17-8
      184- Tanner Martin(IT) major decision James Haywood 19-8
      197- #7 Jacob Bradford(LW) decision Dustin Boyd 7-2
      285- Derek Nickel(LW) pin Andre Dunn 1:01
       
      Final Score 29-18 Indiana Tech

      458

      Class of 2011 College Signings

      Updated 10/26/2011
       
      This is the section where you will find out where Indiana high school seniors will be going to college next year to wrestle. Good luck to these seniors as they take their skills to the next level.

      New signings this week




      Name
      High School
      College Choice
      Projected Weight


      Grant Anglemyer
      Penn
      Manchester
      149/157


      Tyler Chapple
      Penn
      Concordia College
      125


      Sarah HIldebrandt
      Penn
      King College
      116


      Michael Hummer
      Penn
      Ashland
      157


      Mitchell Judkins
      Speedway
      Lindsay Wilson
      174


      Dustin Parrish
      Plainfield
      INdianapolis



      Kaleb Head
      Cascade
      Indianapolis



      Spencer Blatz
      Brownsburg
      Manchester



      Duell Ginter
      Brownsburg
      Manchester



      Travis Yoakum
      Delphi
      Manchester



      Josh Mitchell
      Heritage
      Manchester
      285


      Justin Zienta
      Fremont
      Manchester



      Mike Achenbauch
      Anderson
      Manchester



      Drew Miller
      Rossville
      Manchester



      Ryan Gossett
      Ben Davis
      Manchester



      Ryley Hankenson
      Bellmont
      Manchester




      All of the signings




      Name
      High School
      College Choice
      Projected Weight


      Michael Hummer
      Penn
      Ashland
      157


      Jack Seaman
      Munster
      Augustana(IL)
      285


      Alex Bowers
      Noblesville
      Augustana(IL)
      149/157


      Eric Johnson
      Highland
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      184


      Rich Pennington
      River Foreest
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      184


      Tyran Claypool
      Indianapolis Northwest
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      149/157


      Javiar Avalos
      Merrillville
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      149


      Chris Pajdzik
      Hammond Gavit
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      141


      Zack Johansen
      Hobart
      Calument College of St. Joseph
      133


      Colten Bridges
      Bloomington South
      Central Missouri
      197


      Robert Stewart
      Owen Valley
      Central Missouri
      141


      Brandon Preston
      Logansport
      Central College(IA)
      125


      Ryley Hankenson
      Bellmont
      University of Chicago
      174


      John Sims
      Evansville Mater Dei
      Cleveland State
      157



      Tyler Chapple
      Penn
      Concordia College
      125

      Derek Lunsford
      Pike Central
      Cumberland
      149


      Josh Jullian
      Lebanon
      Indiana
      125


      Garret Goldman
      Bloomington North
      Indiana
      197


      Eric Roach
      Crown Point
      Indiana
      149


      Drake Meska
      Jay County
      Indiana Tech
      149


      Jeff Enrietto
      Carroll(Fort Wayne)
      Indiana Tech
      174


      Reece Lefever
      Carroll(Fort Wayne)
      Indiana Tech
      157


      Conner Lefever
      Carroll(Fort Wayne)
      Indiana Tech
      165


      Josh Ehr
      South Adams
      Indiana Tech
      149/157


      Ashton Brierly
      Columbus East
      Indiana Tech
      174


      Josh Morgan
      Maconaquah
      Indiana Tech
      184


      Travis Barroquillo
      Prairie Heights
      Indiana Tech
      133


      Alex Gregory
      Penn
      Indiana Tech
      141


      Lucas Willms
      Fremont
      Indiana Tech
      125


      Kris McKinley
      Northrop
      Indiana Tech
      125


      Nico Hensley
      Angola
      Indiana Tech
      125


      Matt Simmons
      Angola
      Indiana Tech
      133


      TJ Burnfield
      South Adams
      Indiana Tech
      141


      Tiandre Edwards
      North Central(Indianapolis)
      Indiana Tech
      141


      Montana Gipson
      Avon
      Indiana Tech
      141


      Kyle King
      Bluffton
      Indiana Tech
      141/149


      Andrew Syndram
      New Haven
      Indiana Tech
      149


      Isaac Yoder
      Tippacanoe Valley
      Indiana Tech
      149/157


      Lukas Wygant
      Huntington North
      Indiana Tech
      157


      Jeremy Haskett
      Lawrence North
      Indiana Tech
      184


      Nick Cooper
      Huntington North
      Indiana Tech
      285


      Josh Kieffer
      Roncalli
      Indianapolis
      133


      Justin Kieffer
      Roncalli
      Indianapolis
      141


      Aaron Stevenson
      Indian Creek
      Indianapolis
      197


      Baron Rieker
      Columbus East
      Indianapolis
      125


      Dustin Parrish
      Plainfield
      Indianapolis



      Kaleb Head
      Cascade
      Indianapolis



      Sarah HIldebrandt
      Penn
      King College
      116


      Mitchell Judkins
      Speedway
      Lindsay Wilson
      174


      Ethan Raley
      Indian Creek
      Lincoln
      133


      Brady White
      Westfield
      Luther
      149/157


      Garth Simpson
      Rochester
      Manchester
      125


      Spencer Blatz
      Brownsburg
      Manchester



      Duell Ginter
      Brownsburg
      Manchester



      Travis Yoakum
      Delphi
      Manchester



      Josh Mitchell
      Heritage
      Manchester
      285


      Justin Zienta
      Fremont
      Manchester



      Mike Achenbauch
      Anderson
      Manchester



      Drew Miller
      Rossville
      Manchester



      Ryan Gossett
      Ben Davis
      Manchester



      Ryley Hankenson
      Bellmont
      Manchester



      Grant Anglemyer
      Penn
      Manchester
      149/157


      Mark Collett
      Jennings County
      Manchester
      285


      Spencer Blatz
      Brownsburg
      Manchester College
       


      Kris Workman
      Taylor
      Newman University
      133


      Jackson Bratcher
      Eastbrook
      Northern Illinois
      174


      Demi Strub
      East Central
      Oklahoma City
      63/67kg


      Derek Dowdy
      Evansville Reitz
      Rend Lake
      133


      Luke Schroeder
      Southwestern
      Purdue
      125


      Chad Welch
      Castle
      Purdue
      149


      Doug Welch
      Castle
      Purdue
      157


      Drake Stein
      Princeton
      Purdue
      184


      Alex Corbin
      Carmel
      Southern Maine
      197/285


      Scott Ammons
      Northfield
      Triton College
      197


      Cody Strange
      John Glenn
      West Point
      157


      Dustin Kief
      Franklin Community
      St. Cloud State
      125


      Matt Madden
      Fishers
      Valley Forge Military College
      133/141


      Patrick Parham
      Carmel
      Wabash
      125


      Logan Cooper
      Perry Meridian
      Wabash
      197


      Tommy Poynter
      Dekalb
      Wabash
      125


      Colin Downey
      Huntington North
      Wabash
      141


      Collin Crume
      Jimtown
      Wisconsin Parkside
      133


      LaQuan Lunford
      South Bend Clay
      Wisconsin Parkside
      149


      Montrail Johnson
      Tri Central
      Wisconsin Parkside
      157


      If you have a college signing to announce, email me at Joe@Indianamat.com to have it posted.

      1007

      Joe Gilbert Hired at Calumet College

      The Athletic Department of Calumet College of St. Joseph proudly announces the hiring of Joseph Gilbert as the new head coach for the Crimson Wave wrestling program. Gilbert, a Chicagoland native, was a four-time Illinois high school AA state champion at Andrew High School during the late 1980’s. The Illinois high school standout took his grappling skills to the University of Michigan where he achieved Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1990. He we go on to become a two-time NCAA Division-I All-American at 134 pounds during his sophomore (3 rd place) and junior (6 th place) year as a Wolverine at Michigan. In 1995 Gilbert finished his collegiate career as a Bronco at Boise State University and qualified for the NCAA championship for the fourth time at 150 pounds. Gilbert eared his bachelor’s in Communication while at BSU.
       
      “We have identified another quality head wrestling coach for our Crimson Wave program who will lead out student-athletes to accomplish more success on the mat and in the classroom,” states Athletic Director Peter Haze Haring. “Joe will provide excellent instruction, solid leadership and a strong work ethic as he builds the wrestling program into a national contending team. We are excited to have someone of Joe’s caliber part our of Crimson Wave family.”
       
      Gilbert’s coaching career began as an assistant coach for the University of Chicago before becoming the head coach at Oak Lawn Community High School. His most recent head coaching position was at Marian Catholic High School where he led the Knights program for the past six seasons and rebuilt the boys wrestling team into a top ten program in Illinois.
       
      Gilbert says enthusiastically, “I have always wanted to coach at the collegiate level even while I was competing. I think the NAIA is a good fit for my coaching style and CCSJ is a great fit being in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We have some of the strongest wrestlers in the country in this area.”
       
      The sport of wrestling for Gilbert spilt into the mixed martial arts arena where he acquired a 2-3 overall record. The mixed martial arts competitor’s most prolific fight occurred during UFC 31 against B.J. Penn former UFC Lightweight Champion. Currently Joe and his brother, Danny, own and operate the Gilbert Grappling –G2 Training Center located in Country Club Hills, IL. The center’s mission is to provide a quality wrestling training environment for youth and adult students.
       
      “Starting day one my first priority is to set a winning tone and positive attitude.” Gilbert goes on to say, “The guys have to realize right away that I am here for them and CCSJ is here for them, that we are all in this together.”

      1198

      Indiana Tech Announces Inaugural Recruiting Class

      Indiana Tech Warrior head coach Mike Ester has released the recruiting class for the first season of Indiana Tech wrestling.  The class is very impressive with many state placers from not only Indiana, but Michigan, Georgia and Florida.  The first Warrior team will also benefit from transfers from Lincoln Junior College(Illinois), Darton Community College(Georgia), Muskegon Community College(Michigan), Trine University and Calumet College of St. Joe. 
       
      125#
       
      FR-Nico Hensley: Angola HS, IN
      FR-Conner Hughes: Portage, MI (Northern HS)        *MHSAA DII- SQ, 7th, SQ, 7th
      FR-Kristopher McKinley: Ft. Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
      FR-Andre Sanders: Farmington Hills, MI (Harrison HS)        *MHSAA DI- SQ, 7th
      FR-Preston Wilson: Whiteland HS, IN
      FR-Lucas Willms: Fremont HS, IN
      FR-Brett Yarbrough: McDonough, GA (Henry Co, HS)       *GHSAA DIII - 2nd, 1st.
       
      The 125lbs weight class is highlighted by Georgia State Champion Brett Yarbrough, who also finished as a runner-up one time.  Two Michigan standouts in Conner Hughes and Andre Sanders are also the front runners to start at this weight.
       
      133#
      FR-Travis Barroquillo: Wolcotville, IN (Prarie Heights, HS)      *IHSAA- 7th,SQ,3rd
      FR-Jordan Bosma: Hesperia HS, MI      *MHSAA D IV- 4th, 1st, 4th
      S0-Jarrard Edwards:  South Bend, IN (Washington, HS)     *Transfer from Muskegon CC
      FR-Montana Gipson: Indianapolis, IN (Avon, HS)
      FR-Matt Simmons: Angola HS, IN
       
      The 133lbs weight class also has a state champion in Jordan Bosma of Michigan.  He will be pushed by the first ever Indiana Tech wrestler, Travis Barroquillo. 
       
      141#
      FR-T.J. Burnfield: Berne, IN (South Adams HS)     *IHSAA SQ
      SO-Adam Fahs: Portage, MI (Central HS)       *Transfer from Trine U.
      FR-Alex Gregory: South Bend, IN (Penn HS)      *IHSAA- 4th, SQ, 4th
      FR-Kyle King: Bluffton HS, IN
      FR-Andrew Syndram: New Haven HS, IN
      FR-Lukas Wygant: Huntington, IN (Huntington North HS)
       
      At 141lbs the Warriors will have transfer Adam Fahs and Alex Gregory as the top contenders.  Fahs is a former 4th place finisher in Michigan and Gregory has two 4th place finishes in Indiana to his credit.
       
      149#
      JR-Kafuba Donzon: Albany, GA (Rockdale Co. HS)      *Transfer from Darton CC
      FR-Dyllan Derrickson: Portland, IN (Jay County HS)     
      FR-(149/157#) Josh Ehr: Geneva, IN (South Adams HS)     *IHSAA SQ, SQ
      FR-Tiandre Edwards:  Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS)
      FR-Drake Meska: Dunkirk, IN  (Jay County HS)       *IHSAA SQ
      FR-Timothy Scott: Detroit, MI (Highland Park HS)   *MHSAA DI SQ;
      FR-(149/157#) Isaac Yoder: West Mentone, IN (Tippecanoe Valley HS)    *IHSAA SQ
       
      This weight class features four state qualifiers and one transfer.  Kafuba Donzon will venture from Georgia to Fort Wayne after attending Darton CC and finishing last year with a 17-4 record.  The state qualifiers include Josh Ehr, Drake Meska and Isaac Yoder from Indiana and Timothy Scott from Michigan.
       
      157#
      JR-(157/165# James Bennett: Bowden, GA (Carrolltown, HS) *Transfer from Darton CC
      FR-Quaylan Boone: Ft. Wayne, IN (Snider HS)        *IHSAA SQ, 7TH
      FR-Sean Johnson: Ft. Wayne, IN (North Side HS)
      JR-Kyle Long: South Bend, IN (Washington HS)      *Transfer from Trine U.
      FR-Reece Lefever: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS)      *IHSAA SQ, 3RD
       
      At 157lbs the Warriors will have two transfers and two former Indiana state placers in the mix.  James Bennett will be coming from Darton CC where he had a 13-9 record last year.  Kyle Long will be getting back on the mat after taking last year off, as a sophomore he was 34-9 for the Trine Thunder.  Former Snider wrestler Quaylan Boone will be rejoining his high school coach after graduating in 2004.  Last, but not least Reece Lefever who finished 3rd in Indiana this past season will look to be in the mix for the starting spot.
       
      165#
      FR-Adam Bonner: Rockford, MI (Greenville, HS)       *MHSAA D2- 8TH, 2ND, 2ND
      FR-Dominic Diaz: Davison HS, MI
      (165/174#) Ladarious Jackson: New Port Richey, FL (Gulf HS)    *FHSAA DIII- SQ, 1ST, 1ST
      FR-Conner Lefever: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS)      *IHSAA 8TH, 4TH
      JR/SO-(165/174)Caleb Norville: Mishawaka HS, IN        *Transfer from Trine U.
      SO-Dalton Sparks: Peru HS, IN          *Transfer from Trine U.
       
      This could be one of the most competitive weights in the Tech room with a two-time state champ, two-time state runner-up, two-time state placer and two transfers in the mix.  Ladarious Jackson of Florida was a two-time state champion and also comes to Indiana with a very inspiring story(click here for information).  Add to the mix Adam Bonner of Michigan who has finished second to 2012 top recruit Taylor Massa the past two years.  The Warriors will also have the benefit of two Trine transfers in Dalton Sparks and Caleb Norville.  Conner Lefever will make the short drive from Huntertown to round out this weight class.
       
      174#
      FR-Jeff Enrietto: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS)      *IHSAA SQ
      JR-Kelvin Jordan: Albany,  GA (Bibb Co. HS)     *Transfer from Darton CC
      FR-Michael Smith: Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS)      *IHSAA SQ, SQ, 5TH
       
      This weight class looks small compared to the others, but a couple of the 165lbers could make their way to this list.  Kelvin Jordan is yet another transfer from Darton CC, he finished with a 5-7 record last year.  Indiana state placer Michael Smith will be battling for the top spot here along with state qualifier Jeff Enrietto.
       
      184#
      SO-Dustin Boyd: Mishawaka HS, IN         *Transfer Calumet College St. Joe
      FR-Jedidiah Bressman: Powell, OH (Worthington Kilbourne HS)
      FR- (184/197) Jeremy Haskett: Indianapolis, IN (Lawerence North HS)        *IHSAA SQ
      FR- (184/197) Jarrad Labelle: Davison HS, MI         *MHSAA DI-SQ, 4TH SQ
      Fr- Tanner Martin: Ft. Wayne, IN (Snider HS)        *IHSAA SQ
      FR- Joshua Morgan: Maconaqua HS, IN
       
      This weight looks to be extremely competitive with three state qualifiers and a transfer in the mix.  Dustin Boyd will be coming over from Calumet College of St. Joe.  Jarrad Labelle will be heading south from Michigan powerhouse Davidson after finishing in 4th place there.  Also in the mix will be former Snider wrestler Tanner Martin and Jeremy Haskett of Lawrence North.
       
      197#
      FR-Brandon Bisping: Cedar Lake, IN (Hanover Central HS)
      FR-Ashton Brierly: Columbus IN (Columbus East HS)
      FR-Carlos Harbin: Detroit, MI (Highland Park HS)       *MHSAA DI-SQ
      FR-Moe Talamantes: Ft. Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
       
      Just like 174lbs, this weight could feature a few of the 184lbers.  Leading the way here is Carlos Harbin who was a state qualifier in Michigan’s big school division.
       
      285#
      FR-Nick Cooper: Huntington, IN (Huntington North HS)      *IHSAA SQ
      JR-Andre Dunn: Kewanee, HS       *Transfer from Lincoln CC
       
      Only two heavyweights will be on the roster this year, but they will be tough ones to handle.  Nick Cooper qualified for state as a junior, but did not get to step on the mat as a senior due to a football injury.  Andre Dunn will don the orange and black after compiling a 27-11 record at Lincoln CC last year.

      436

      Indiana Announces 2011 Recruiting Class

      Wrestling Signs 10 for the 2011-12 Class
      http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/050311aaa.html
      May 3, 2011
       
      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Wrestling Coach Duane Goldman and his staff have bolstered the 2011-12 roster, signing 10 future Hoosiers to national letters of intent. The group has wrestlers from six different states, including four native Hoosiers from the state of Indiana.
       
      The 2011-12 signing class owns a combined four state championships and 10 state place finishes.
       
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      SIGNEES AT A GLANCE
      JOSH JULIEN • 125 lbs.
      Lebanon High School (Indiana) ... placed sixth in the 2010 state championships ... semi-state qualifier ... career record of 130-28.
       
      NICK SIMPSION • 125 lbs.
      Clermont Northeastern High School (Ohio) ... placed third at the 2011 state championships.
       
      BOB MEYERS • 125/133 lbs.
      Radnor High School (Pennsylvania) ... Owner of a 104-14 career record.
       
      CHRIS KERWIN • 133/141 lbs.
      Sycamore High School (Illinois) ... 2010 state place winner.
       
      ERIC ROACH • 149 lbs.
      Crown Point High School (Indiana) ... ranked seventh nationally at 145 pounds ... two-time state champion ... 2010 Flonationals champion.
       
      TERNER GOTT • 149 lbs.
      Ostego High School (Michigan) ... placed third at the state championships.
       
      LUKE SHERIDAN • 184 lbs.
      De La Salle High School (California) ... ranked 12th nationally at 189 pounds ... a three-time state place winner ... a 2010 Junior National champion ... third-place showing at the Senior Nationals.
       
      GARRET GOLDMAN • 197 lbs.
      Bloomington High School North (Indiana) ... ranked 15th nationally at 189 pounds ... won the 2011 state championship with a record of 40-1 ... a Super 32 place winner.
       
      ADAM CHALFANT • 285 lbs.
      Harper Community College (Illinois) ... won the Indiana state championship in 2009 ... placed third at the JUCO Nationals.
       
      CLAYTON CHABERSKI • 285 lbs.
      Genoa-Kingston High School (Illinois) ... runner-up at the 2010 state championships.

      724

      NCAA Results for Indiana Wrestlers

      Division I
      125lbs Camden Eppert- Purdue- Anderson Highland
      Loss by decision 11-9 Ryan Mango- Stanford
      Loss by decision 4-0 Adam Bartelli- Boise State
       
      149lbs Kurt Kinser- Indiana- Bloomington South
      Win by decision 4-2 Kyle Bradley- Missouri
      Loss by decision 3-2 Mario Mason- Rutgers
      Loss by decision 3-2 Donnie Corby- Central Michigan
       
      157lbs Paul Young- Indiana- Bloomington South
      Win by decision Donnie Tasser- Pittsburgh 5-2
      Win by decision Jesse Dong- Virginia Tech 9-4
      Loss by decision Bubba Jenkins- Arizona State 4-3
      Loss by decision Walter Peppleman- Harvard 6-4
       
      157lbs Sean McMurray- Michigan State- Portage
      Loss by decision James Flemming- Clarion 5-0
      Loss by decision Bryan Deutsch- Northern Illinois 5-0
       
      157lbs Bryan Deutsch- Northern Illinois- Columbia City
      Loss by pin Corey Mock- North Carolina 6:39
      Win by decision Sean McMurray- Michigan State 5-0
      Win by decision Chase Nelson- Oklahoma 9-5
      Loss by decision David Bonin- Northern Iowa 8-4
       
      165lbs Andrew Howe- Wisconsin- Hanover Central
      All American 3rd Place
      Win by decision Ryan DesRoches- Cal Polly 4-1
      Win by decision Brandon Hatchett- Lehigh 6-1
      Win by decision Shane Onufer- Wyoming 4-1
      Loss by decision Tyler Caldwell- Oklahoma 2-2 TB
      Win by decision Josh Asper- Maryland 3-1
      Win by decision Colt Sponseller- Ohio State 6-4
       
      197lbs Matt Powless- Indiana- Evansville Memorial
      All American 8th Place
      Win by major decision LJ Helbig- Wyoming
      Win by decision Sonny Yohn- Minnesota
      Loss by pin Cam Simaz- Cornell 2:20
      Win by decision Joseph Kennedy- Lehigh 3-2
      Loss by major decision Luke Lofthouse- Iowa 10-1
      Loss by decision Sonny Yohn- Minnesota 5-2
       
      Division II
      141lbs Matt Irwin- Indianapolis- Bellmont
      All American 6th Place
      Win by decision 9-6 Jimmy Savala- Chadron State
      Win by decision 3-2 Jack Bachman- Pitt Johnstown
      Loss by decision 5-3 Mario Morgan- Nebraska Omaha
      Loss by decision 4-2 Gabriel Suarez- St. Cloud State
      Loss by decision 6-0 Naveed Bagheri- San Fransico State
       
      149lbs Nick Walpole- Indianapolis- Perry Meridian
      National Champion
      Win by fall 1:53 Brendon Parker-Risk- North Carolina Pembroke
      Win by decision 5-3 Kenny Jordan- Adams State
      Win by fall 5:57 Mitchell Means- Fort Hayes State
      Win by decision 4-2 TJ Hepburn- Nebraska Kearney
       
      184lbs Casey Bradley- Limestone- Muncie South
      All American 8th Place
      Win by decision 2-1 Brady Anderson- Mary
      Loss by decision 5-0 Charlie Pipher- Western State
      Win by pin 1:17 Andrew Brentzel- Pitt Johnstown
      Loss by decision 8-3 Mitchell Schultz- Upper Iowa
      Loss by decision 6-5 Ryan Becerra- Grand Canyon
       
      Division III
      149lbs Cameryn Brady- Manchester College- Lowell High School
      Loss by decision 4-1 Isaiah Britton- Lycoming
      Win by decision 9-3 Martin Bell- Merchant Marine
      Loss by major decision 13-0 James Locke- Coe
       
      Others with Indiana ties
      Division I
      Indiana
      285lbs Ricky Alcala
      All American 6th Place
      Win by decision Spencer Myers- Maryland 9-7
      Loss by decision Jarod Trice- Central Michigan 3-2
      Win by decision JT Felix- Boise State 4-2
      Win by decision Dominick Russo- Rutgers 9-7
      Win by decision Cameron Wade- Penn State 4-2
      Win by decision Levi Cooper- Arizona State 4-3
      Loss by decision Jarod Trice- Central Michigan 3-2
      Win by decision Spencer Myers- Maryland 5-4
       
      Purdue
      157lbs Colton Salazar
      Win by major decision Aaron Sulzer- Eastern Michigan 13-4
      Loss by decision Adam Hall- Boise State 6-2
      Loss by decision Frank HIckman- Bloomsburg 6-4
       
      174lbs Luke Manuel
      Win by decision Ryan Patrovich- Hofstra 5-2
      Loss by major decision Jon Reader- Iowa State 13-0
      Win by decision Alex Caruso- Rutgers 3-1
      Win by decision Hunter Meys- Boston 4-0
      Loss by decision Ed Ruth- Penn State 7-6
       
      184lbs AJ Kissel
      Loss by pin Joe LeBlanc- Wyoming 6:41
      Loss by decision Austin Trotman- Appalacian State 7-4
       
      197lbs Logan Brown
      Win by major decision Shawn Fendone- Edinboro 13-4
      Loss by decision Zac Thomusseit- Pittsburg 3-2
      Loss by decision Brent Haynes- Missouri 9-6
       

      Division III
      Trine
      157lbs Elias Larson
      All American 3rd Place
      Win by decision 5-3 Eduardo Delgado- Hunter College
      Loss by decision 6-1 Carrington Banks- Wartburg
      Win by pin 2:18 Derek Brenon- Ithaca
      Win by decision 5-1 Jesse Harringont- Delaware Valley
      Win by fall 2:03 Justin Berns- Concordia Morehead
      Win by decision 4-1 Carrington Banks- Wartburg
       
      197lbs Alex Fleet
      Loss by major decision 11-3 Byron Tate- Wartburg
      Loss by decision 2-0 Sam Johnson- Dubuque
       
      Wabash
      184lbs Greg Rhoads
      All American 8th Place
      Loss by decision 7-3 Ben Engelland- Wisconsin Stevens Point
      Win by fall 2:41 Mitch Artist- Wisconsin LaCrosse
      Win by decision 10-4 Dylan Azinger- Wartburg
      Loss by decision 6-2 Dustin Baxter- St Johns
      Loss by decision 9-5 Josef Rau- Elmhurst

      465

      Wabash College Announces 2010 Recruiting Class

      From Wabash Athletics
       
      Wabash College head coach Brian Anderson has announced the addition of nineteen student-athletes who will join the Little Giants wrestling program in the fall. The nineteen wrestlers come from seven different states with the majority coming from Indiana. This class of freshmen coming in will provide depth from top to bottom. 7 out of the 19 wrestlers competed at their state tournament at least once, with another 9 of them falling in the state qualifying tournament. On top of the athletic accomplishments of these individuals, this class comes in with an average grade point average of 3.41.
       
      Wabash started seven underclassmen this past season with four of those being freshman. The 2009-2010 team finished 11-4 in duals and had two individuals at the national tournament. This incoming class will make a strong impact on the program over the next four years that will take Wabash to new heights. The youth of this team will be able to look to a number of different upper classmen who are getting it done in the classroom and on the mats.
       
      Kahlil Carazo Roanoke, VA 125 State Champ/3x Placer (4th, 2nd, 1st)
      James Caum North Vernon, IN 285 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Aaron Davis Indianapolis, IN 125 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Marc Escobedo Schererville, IN 125/ 133 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Jordan Fenton Findlay, OH 165 2x District Qualifier
      Holden Fudurich Sullivan, IN 165 2x State Qualifier
      Chris Hurst S. Putnam, IN 285 Semi-State Qualifier
      Jimmy LaRowe Churubusco, IN 157 2x State Qualifier (7th)
      Dylan McBride Crawfordsville, IN 197 2x State Qualifier (6th)
      Jose Perez Crown Point, IN 133
      Bobby Perry Bluffton, IN 133 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Josh Sampson Charlestown, IN 141/ 149 State Placer (7th)
      Charles Smothers Jackson Co, GA 184 2x State Qualifier (2nd)
      Drew Songer Huntingburg, IN 174 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Dalton Stanley Topeka, KS 165/174 3x State Qualifier (5th, 3rd)
      Andrew Stegelman Goshen, IN 149 Semi-State Qualifier
      Justin Taylor  Pike Road, AL 141
      Von Wasson New Castle, IN 157/ 165 2x Semi-State Qualifier
      Patrick Williams Baroda, MI 197

      430

      Class of 2010 College Signings

      Updated 7/1/2010
       
      This is the section where you will find out where Indiana high school seniors will be going to college next year to wrestle. Good luck to these seniors as they take their skills to the next level.

      New signings this week




      Name
      High School
      College Choice
      Projected Weight


      James Caum
      North Vernon
      Wabash
      285


      Aaron Davis
      Roncalli
      Wabash
      125


      Marc Escobedo
      Lake Central
      Wabash
      125/133


      Holden Fudurich
      Sullivan
      Wabash
      165


      Chris Hurst
      South Putnam
      Wabash
      285


      Jose Perez
      Crown Point
      Wabash
      133


      Josh Sampson
      New Washington
      Wabash
      141/149


      Drew Songer
      Southridge
      Wabash
      174


      Von Wasson
      New Castle
      Wabash
      157/165


      Caleb Browner
      Jeffersonville
      Campbellsville
      174


      Terry Terrell
      Bloomington South
      Campbellsville
      157/165


      Jeremiah Oliver
      Pike
      Campbellsville
      157/165


      Quinten Brooks
      Lawrence North
      Campbellsville
      165/174


      Logun Taylor
      Western
      Southern Illinois Edwardsville
      141/149


      Victor Rodriguez
      East Chicago Central
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      133/141


      Evan Floyd
      Northwestern
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      285


      Zac McCray
      Garrett
      Trine
      165


      Shane Hendrickson
      Elkhart Memorial
      Trine
      184/197



      All of the signings




      Name
      High School
      College Choice
      Projected Weight


      Shawn Miracle
      Bloomington North
      Blair Academy/West Point
      133


      Victor Rodriguez
      East Chicago Central
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      133/141


      Evan Floyd
      Northwestern
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      285


      Tony Lovejoy
      Bishop Luers
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      125


      Al White
      Mishawaka
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      157/165


      Anthony Hawkins
      Crown Point
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      125


      Danny Bradley
      Knox
      Calumet College of St. Joseph
      133


      Caleb Browner
      Jeffersonville
      Campbellsville
      174


      Terry Terrell
      Bloomington South
      Campbellsville
      157/165


      Jeremiah Oliver
      Pike
      Campbellsville
      157/165


      Quinten Brooks
      Lawrence North
      Campbellsville
      165/174


      John Walker
      Sullivan
      The Citadel
      133


      Ryne Bell
      South Newton
      Harper Junior College
      174


      Anthony Napules
      Merrillville
      Harper Junior College
      133


      Korey Eck
      Concordia
      Indiana
      285


      Brandon Wright
      Warren Central
      Indiana
      125


      Cheney Dale
      McCutcheon
      Indiana
      157


      Darren Eads
      Bloomington South
      Indianapolis
      197


      Jake Jennings
      New Palestine
      Indianapolis
      165


      Taylor Scott
      Heritage
      Indianapolis
      197


      Paul Beck
      Mishawka
      Indianapolis
      125


      Evan Wooding
      Mooresville
      Indianapolis
      285


      Jeff Weiss
      Heritage Hills
      Indianapolis
      174


      Jacob Tonte
      Perry Meridian
      Indianapolis
      157


      Josh Williams
      Warren Central
      Indianapolis
      141


      Matt Milton
      Center Grove
      Indianapolis
      141


      Wade Theil
      Fort Wayne North Side
      Indianapolis
      141


      Zach Wimpleberg
      Evansville Reitz
      Lindsey Wilson
      285


      Michael Lovitt
      Noblesville
      Lindsey Wilson
      133


      Jason Pedigo
      Zionsville
      Manchester
      285


      Ross Janney
      Yorktown
      McKendree
      285


      Sean McMurray
      Portage
      Michigan State
      157/165


      Dylan Hall
      Evansville Harrison
      Missouri Valley
      125


      Zeke Lloyd
      Marion
      Mount St. Joe
      157


      Wayne Black
      Pike
      Mount St. Joe
      133/141


      Sammy Bennett
      Anderson Highland
      Northern Illinois
      157


      Caleb Smith
      Princeton
      Northern Michigan(USOEC)
      74kg(163lbs)


      Michael Duckworth
      Union County
      Ohio
      174/184


      Brock Norton
      Carroll(Fort Wayne)
      Purdue
      133


      Francisco Porras
      Hobart
      Purdue
      141


      Patrick Robinson
      Hamilton Southeastern
      Purdue
      157


      Brandon Nelsen
      Lawrence North
      Purdue
      125


      Alex Surma
      Munster
      Purdue
      157


      Ryan Stahl
      Mishawaka
      Purdue
      157


      Cameron Vlahos
      Lafayette Harrison
      Purdue
      165


      Braden Atwood
      Delphi
      Purdue
      184


      Logun Taylor
      Western
      Southern Illinois Edwardsville
      141/149


      John Petrov
      Hanover Central
      Southern Illinois Edwardsville
      125


      Cole Brandt
      Avon
      Southern Illinois Edwardsville
      184


      Zac McCray
      Garrett
      Trine
      165


      Shane Hendrickson
      Elkhart Memorial
      Trine
      184/197


      Isaac Krohn
      John Glenn
      Trine
      149


      Dalton Sparks
      Peru
      Trine
      149


      Bobby Perry
      Bluffton
      Wabash
      125/133


      Jimmy LaRowe
      East Noble
      Wabash
      157


      Dylan McBride
      Crawfordsville
      Wabash
      197


      James Caum
      North Vernon
      Wabash
      285


      Aaron Davis
      Roncalli
      Wabash
      125


      Marc Escobedo
      Lake Central
      Wabash
      125/133


      Holden Fudurich
      Sullivan
      Wabash
      165


      Chris Hurst
      South Putnam
      Wabash
      285


      Jose Perez
      Crown Point
      Wabash
      133


      Josh Sampson
      New Washington
      Wabash
      141/149


      Drew Songer
      Southridge
      Wabash
      174


      Von Wasson
      New Castle
      Wabash
      157/165


      Hunter Osenbaugh
      Howe Military
      Waldorf College
      125


      If you have a college signing to announce, email me at Joe@Indianamat.com to have it posted.

      926

      Indiana Wrestlers at the Loras Open

      By Mindy Mascaro
       
      [caption id=attachment_1404" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Brandon Ward of Calumet College][/caption]
       
      Several Indiana wrestlers opened up the 2009-2010 season by competing in the 2009 Loras Open on Saturday.  Loras College is a Catholic Liberal Arts university with an enrollment of approximately 1600 students located on a scenic campus overlooking the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa.  Loras is a Division III wrestling school, but the Open drew competitors from all three NCAA Divisions and the NAIA.
       
      Gold Division (upperclassmen) results:
       
      Redshirt sophomore Jamal Lawrence (Merrillville H.S., University of Northern Iowa, Div I) turned in the best results on the day of the wrestlers from Indiana, garnering a Championship at 149 lbs. Jamal started the day off with a first round bye, and in the second round wrestled Zach Wilson (Cornell, unattached), winning by 14-6 Major Decision.  He then faced two UNI teammates one after another—defeating Aaron Senzee (UNI unattached) by a 7-3 Decision, and then Cole Zemple (UNI) in a close 7-6 Decision. His fifth and final match of the day for the Championship was against yet another UNI teammate:  Trevor Kittleson, whom he defeated by 12-3 Major Decision. He had a 5-0 record on the day. As a team, UNI had the most champions at 4, with 3 other Panthers placing in the top 6.
       
      Chris Mascaro (Carmel H.S., Coe College, Div III) has moved up to the 165 lb weight class for his sophomore season. Mascaro won his first match with a 10-7 Decision against Daniel Yuraitis (Hannibal LaGrange College), and in his second match defeated Michael Sandy (Wartburg College) in a 9-4 Decision. In the third round he lost a 12-4 Major Decision to two-time Division III All-American Josh Terrell (University of
       
      [caption id=attachment_1406" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Jamal Lawrence of Northern Iowa][/caption]
       
      Dubuque). In the wrestle-backs he then blanked Jason Nelson (Wartburg College) in an 8-0 Major Decision, and defeated Joe Hambleton (Cornell, unattached) by 3-5 Decision. With the tournament running late, the organizers decided to eliminate one wrestleback round, and so in his final match of the day, Mascaro dropped a 14-2 Major Decision to David Bonin to end up in 6th Place with a 4-2 overall record. Coe College had 2 Champions and 5 placers.
       
      Andy St. Germain (Chesterton H.S., Calumet College, NAIA) wrestled at 141 lbs in the Gold Division in his first outing as a member of the Calumet Crimson Wave wrestling team. After a first round Bye, St. Germain faced Chad Garber (Coe College), winning by 14-5 Major Decision. He then lost by Fall (3:07) to Josh Kratovil (Harper College, unattached), and by Fall (2:08) to Alec Hoffman (UNI).
       
      Brandon Ward (Hanover Central H.S., Calumet College) wrestled for the Crimson Wave in the Gold division at 149 lbs.  After a first round Bye, he lost by a 16-1 Technical Fall (5:15) to Jason Taylor-Ohmes (Coe College), then dropped a 14-7 Decision to Johnny Siegel (Coe College).
       
      Lance Surma (Munster H.S., Calumet College) wrestled at 157 lbs in the Gold division.  He had a first round Bye, then faced Tiegen Podliska (Loras College), dropping the match in a close 3-2 Decision.  After a third round Bye, Surma lost by Fall (4:11) to Chris Tims (Wartburg College).
       
      Silver Division (Freshmen) results:
       

       
      [caption id=attachment_1405" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chris Mascaro of Coe College][/caption]
       
      Anthony Nuzzo, (Portage H.S., Calumet College) wrestling at 141 lbs, lost his first round match to Mike Pulido (Loras College) by a 12-5 Dec.  He then beat Alex Rostvet (Concordia Univ. NE) by 8-3 Decision, and defeated Chris Reed (Loras College) winning by 5-3 Decision.  He lost his fourth round match to Matt Holmes (Loras College) by Fall (1:40).
       
      In the 141 lb bracket, Nick Fouts (Crown Point H.S., Calumet College) won by Fall (6:49) over Abdul Adele (TCC), and in the second round won by 12-9 Decision over Chris Reed (Loras College). Fouts then lost by Fall (1:06) to Colton Schmitz (Truman State). In his fourth round match, he won over Cameron Wagner (Wartburg College) by forfeit, and lost to George Gulesian (Concordia Univ. NE) in a 15-1 Major Decision. Fouts finished in fourth place with a 3-2 record.
       
      Nick Samaro, (Bloomington South H.S., Calumet College) wrestling unattached at 149 lbs, had a first round Bye, and then lost by Fall (4:50) to Brandon Starkev (Concordia Univ. NE). After a third round Bye, Samaro lost to Quinn McCullough (Loras College) by Fall (6:32).
       
      David Balentine, 197 lbs, (Mishawaka H.S., Calumet College) had a first round Bye then dropped an 8-4 Decision to Alex Schwerdtfeger (Wartburg College). He then defeated Matt Regnier (Augustana College) by Fall (1:01) and lost to Joe Particelli (HCC) by Fall (4:57).
       
      Wrestling unattached at 184 lbs, Cody Gregory (Perry Meridian H.S., Calumet College) dropped his first round match to Espen Fredriksen (Coe College) losing by Fall (1:24). He had a Bye in the second round, and then forfeited his third round match to Zach Haves (Truman State).

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