photo courtesy of Richard Immel
Today, TOM had the opportunity to speak with Purdue’s head wrestling coach Tony Ersland. The Boilermakers are a program on the rise after finishing the 2019-20 season with a 12-5 dual record and a winning mark in the Big Ten for the first time since 2013. Purdue’s fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships was its best since 1992. Devin Schroder and Kendall Coleman were runner’s-up at the conference meet. They along with Dylan Lydy and Christian Brunner earned top-six seeds at nationals. Coach Ersland talks about the things he missed with the cancelation of the 2020 NCAA Championships, one of them is these wrestlers potentially jumping into his arms after winning a huge match in Minneapolis. We also discuss recruiting, the development of wrestlers who weren’t labeled blue-chippers coming out of high school and his new role as President-elect of the NWCA. Finally, we get Coach Ersland’s opinion (though he may be biased) on the best NCAA team of all-time and some memories of his senior year on the legendary 1997 Iowa Hawkeyes team.