This week’s Always Aggressive Podcast put the finishing touches on the 2019-20 Purdue Wrestling season as head coach Tony Ersland and hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett broke down the Boilermakers’ postseason awards both on-and-off the mat.
The Boilermakers killed it in the classroom this season, earning NWCA Scholar All-America team honors for the second straight season, grabbing three individual NWCA academic awards and tying the program record with 13 Academic All-Big Ten selections. The team had a 3.29 grade point average (GPA) during the spring semester, and pushed the squad’s cumulative GPA over a 3.0. Dylan Lydy put a cherry on top of the academic recognition Wednesday, receiving Purdue’s Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship honor.
Unable to hold the team’s 2019-20 postseason banquet, the Boilermakers announced their team award for the season via social media. Ersland handed out eight honors for the season, recognizing Lydy, fellow senior Christian Brunner, junior Devin Schroder, sophomore Parker Filius and freshmen Thomas Penola and Kendall Coleman.
Big Ten Assistant Director for Sports Administration A.J. Edds joins coach Tony Ersland and hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett on the latest episode, offering fans a chance to get to know the conference’s wrestling liaison. Edds talks about his role with the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which he calls one of the most impressive athletics events he’s ever attended. He goes behind the scenes to discuss a variety of things it takes to put on such a monumental event, and how he navigates the challenges of making it a success for the coaches, wrestlers and fans.
Episode 29 of the Always Aggressive Podcast dives deep into the recruiting world as Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland not only welcomes the newest crop of Boilermakers, but talks into the future classes of 2021 and 2022.
The Boilermakers added a handful of members to the roster with the late signing period, inking Indiana natives Dorian Keys and Macartney Parkinson and Illinois two-time state placewinner Mitch Hutmacher to go along with several other commits in the 2020 class. FloWrestling ranks the group the No. 13 class in the country, in addition to other top-25 marks from InterMat and MatScouts.
Ersland goes into some of his early commitments from the Class of 2021, and what he’s looking for with the rest of the recruiting class as we go into the summer and fall, and also peeks ahead to the nation’s rising class of juniors in the Class of 2022, discussing when he can start talking to them and visiting their homes.
On a somber note, the show pays homage to the recent passing of wrestling journalist Dan McCool and long-time Purdue supporter John Nine as Ersland and the hosts talk about what they’ve meant to the wrestling and Boilermaker communities. However in celebratory fashion, they’re able to close out the show with birthday wishes to Ersland’s twin sons, Jaxon and Mason, who are reveling in their gifts and cake for their 10th birthday.
The show welcomes the third and final member of Purdue wrestling’s graduating class of 2020 to the show as Nate Limmex joined head coach Tony Ersland and co-hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett for Episode 28.
Limmex was Ersland’s first commit after he became the Boilermakers’ head coach in June of 2015, and had a solid career at Purdue with 69 wins and a pair of trips to the NCAA Championships. An incredible leader and teammate, Limmex put together some unforgettable moments in his final season with the Boilermakers and definitely helped leave the program in a better place than when he arrived. His 2019-20 campaign featured a trio of Big Ten dual victories and not one, but two weight class jumps to fill in for his team.
In his final week of school at Purdue, he is set to graduate with his degree in chemical engineering and has a job lined up with Amway back in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Limmex is a four-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and two-time NWCA Scholar All-American.
In addition to looking back at Limmex’s career and legacy with the Boilermakers, the group dives into the recent movement in post-graduate wrestlers around in the country. In the last year several wrestlers have left their alma maters to train at a different regional training center, and Ersland, Limmex and the hosts offer some different viewpoints and opinions on the trend.
Coach Tony Ersland and hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm talk about a busy off-season week with FIVE Boilermakers earning All-America honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Seniors Dylan Lydy and Christian Brunner, junior Devin Schroder and freshman Kendall Coleman all earned First Team All-America, while junior Griffin Parriott was named Honorable Mention All-America. Ersland introduces the latest commit to the program from the great state of Minnesota, while Palm adds some impressive, internet-research background on the newest Boilermaker. The show also includes an update on the team and what they're doing in quarantine, in addition to an extended discussion of Coleman, who posted one of the top freshman seasons in program history.
Coach Tony Ersland and hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm catch up with a wide-ranging discussion this week, focusing on the current state of recruiting and how Coach Ersland and his staff have adjusted their approach to match with the current state of college athletics.
They also discuss the newly debuted Boilermaker Rewind series which helps shine a light on several of the great moments the Boilermakers had this season as well as various other topics.
Senior Christian Brunner joins head coach Tony Ersland and hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to talk about his wonderful career in West Lafayette, including a senior season that saw him climb to as high as #2 in the national polls after winning the prestigious Midlands Championships. Brunner talks about the culture in West Lafayette, why this team meant so much to him and his plans beyond this year, at Purdue and beyond.
Coach Ersland also shares some fantastic information about the promotion of wrestling and the record-setting year the sport had on the Big Ten Network as well as other information he acquired this week during annual Big Ten Coaches meetings.
Assistant Director for Compliance Jacqueline McGill joins Coach Tony Ersland and hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to talk about hot topics in college wrestling, including this week's big news from the NCAA regarding eligibility clock extensions for winter and spring sports.
The crew also talks about how the Purdue team responded to the abrupt ending to the 2019-20 season as well as other general topics related to NCAA compliance.
Coach Ersland also speaks briefly about a schedule proposal for the 2020-21 season that may take him back to his high school gym to take on one of the top programs in college wrestling history.
Coach Tony Ersland and senior Dylan Lydy join hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to discuss the 2019-2020 season from Lydy's perspective and talk about the current state of collegiate wrestling. Lydy talks about his favorite moment from his senior season (hint it was NOT the moment when he won the CKLV Invitational or the Midlands Championships) and the guys discuss where Lydy goes from here as well as other current happenings in the wrestling world.
Head coach Tony Ersland discusses the major take-aways from the 2019-20 season including gratitude for all the support the program has received this year from fans, alumni and families of current and former student-athletes. A special thanks to everyone who's listened or watched the show this season, it's been incredible to create each week and share with you all.
Along with hosts Hunter Massingill and Tanner Lipsett, Ersland also talks about the historic successes of the season and the feeling of having it all come to an abrupt end. The Boilermakers put together one of the most outstanding campaigns in program history, both in dual and tournament formats, and made a variety of marks that will not soon be forgotten.
The guys also discuss what the future might look like and how the optimism generated this year can head continue the success in future seasons. The Boilermakers return at least six NCAA qualifiers in 2020-21, and welcome in one of the top recruiting classes in program history.
Coach Tony Ersland recaps the Big Ten Wrestling Championships and talks about how his team will approach next week's NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. Ersland and friends discuss the Boilermakers placing 5th at Big Ten's, the program's best finish in nearly 30 years.
They also talk about the program-record eight national qualifiers including Big Ten runners-up Devin Schroder and Kendall Coleman and third-place finisher Dylan Lydy. Ersland also discusses how he approaches the year-end championship event from a mental standpoint. NOTE: This podcast was taped prior to the release of the official brackets for the NCAA Championships.
Head Coach Tony Ersland comes back from his one-week hiatus an reclaims his show after B1G Coordinator of Officials Mike Hagerty sat in last week as the guest host. Coach Ersland and friends also discuss the Big Ten Championships, the importance of maintaining mental discipline and what he hopes for this weekend in New Jersey.
With Coach Ersland out of town on an NCAA committee, Hunter and Tanner welcome Big Ten Coordinator of Officials Mike Hagerty to the show. A veteran of the NCAA officiating scene, Hagerty takes the show behind the curtain of a variety of issues for the guys in the stripes, and talks about some of the challenges and opportunities he’s faced in his first year on the job.
A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Hagerty talked a little bit about Purdue graduate assistant Daniel Lewis, whom Hagerty coached in high school and helped to four Missouri high school state titles before going on to become a four-time All-American for the Tigers.
Hagerty also goes into some of the details on how he’s preparing for next weekend’s Big Ten Championships at Rutgers, how officials are selected for matches and championship rounds and how he hopes to make this year’s conference tournament one to remember.
Purdue head coach Tony Ersland and friends discuss wrapping up the Big Ten Dual season with a HUGE road win at Illinois despite having a short-handed lineup to close out with a 12-5 overall dual record and a 5-4 mark in the Big Ten, Purdue's first winning conference record since 2013. The Boilermakers took 6-of-10 weights against the Fighting Illini, including ranked upsets at 141 and 184 pounds.
They also discuss the tenants of training in the lead-up to Championship season and a busy recruiting weekend when the coaching staff will be splitting time between the IHSA State Championships in Champaign and the IHSAA State Championships in Indianapolis. Ersland dives into some of the qualities he looks for in Boilermaker recruits, and they wish some good luck to a pair of future Purdue wrestlers who take the mat as a high school competitor for the final time this weekend.
Purdue head coach Tony Ersland and the crew talk about the importance of the college wrestling’s increased national TV and streaming exposure via the BTN and FloWrestling this year, and what it could mean for the sport moving forward. Ersland goes into his involvement with some NCAA committees, the proposals to transition wrestling to a one-semester sport and the potential of an NCAA Dual Championship.
The fellas also discuss the Boilermakers' dual against Nebraska last Friday night and preview this weekend's regular season finale at Illinois. They talk through the importance that the three-man senior class of Christian Brunner, Nate Limmex and Dylan Lydy has made in Purdue's rising national profile this season, and dive into everything the trio has accomplished and are yet to accomplish in 2020.
On Episode 16 of the Always Aggressive Podcast, Coach Ersland and the crew revisit outstanding weekends from a few different Boilermakers in their matches against #14 Minnesota and #9 Wisconsin, review a couple huge duals on the national landscape and peek ahead at Friday's dual against #6 Nebraska. Junior Devin Schroder, freshman Kendall Coleman and senior Dylan Lydy all went 2-0 for the Boilermakers, all showing off some different skills and scenarios in their respective matches, while sophomore Jared Florell picked up his first dual win of the year at 197 pounds. In addition, Purdue raised almost $2,700 for the Purdue Center for Cancer Research by auctioning Friday's special edition singlets.
On Episode 15, Coach Tony Ersland and friends talk about the Boilermakers winning road duals at Maryland and at #22 Rutgers, where Parker Filius scored a takedown in SV1 at 141 lbs. to clinch the team win, 20-18. The crew then previews upcoming Top Ten matchups with Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Head coach Tony Ersland and volunteer assistant Leroy Vega join hosts Hunter Massingill and Tanner Lipsett to talk about 2019 Signing Day, Journeymen Duals results and an upcoming trip to North Dakota.
Coach Tony Ersland is joined by top assistant AJ Schopp, and hosts Hunter Massingill and Tanner Lipsett this week to talk about wrestle-offs, the upcoming MSU Open and a couple of guys they are REALLY excited to see crank it up this season.