Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Jacob Morrissey
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Senior
While Morrisey thrives on putting opponents on their backs, it was a takedown late last season that was the biggest score of his career so far. After spending his redshirt freshman season as a back-up and being injured before the 2015-16 postseason, Morrisey found himself needing a win against Nebraska’s Micah Barnes in his first Big Ten tournament to earn his first trip to nationals. The man who scored 82 near fall points on the year, good for 13th most in a season by a Boilermaker all-time, found a takedown in sudden victory to advance. A brutal draw in St. Louis where he lost to 10th seeded Zac Brunson (Illinois) and then caught seven seed Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State) after the Cowboy was upset in the opening round ended Morrisey’s season, but there is plenty to be optimistic about as he prepares for his final campaign in West Lafayette.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
I would rate my season at a 7. I was able to string a lot of good dual wins together and qualify for the national tournament. However, at nationals, I was not able to accomplish my goal of getting on the podium.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
Yes, I will be wrestling freestyle at University Nationals in Akron, Ohio, in June. (Note: Morrisey was 4-2 at University Nationals.)
What was your favorite match this season?
My favorite match would have to be when we dualed Indiana. It was a home dual and we wrestled in Mackey Arena. There was a big crowd and it was just a great atmosphere. I was able to beat my opponent and the team won which made for a great experience.
(Note: Purdue wrestled Indiana in an event called Mackey Mayhem on Jan. 13, 2017. Mackey Arena is the facility used for Purdue men’s and women’s basketball. Home wrestling duals normally take place in Holloway Gymnasium. The Mackey Mayhem crowd was 2,146. Morrissey upset No. 19 Devin Skatzka 10-4. Purdue won the dual 19-12.)
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
I would like to change the rule about facial hair because shaving before every match gets to be annoying.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I grew up in a martial arts family, so I probably would have done some sort of martial art, such as Jiu-Jitsu.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
A chocolate extreme blizzard from Dairy Queen.