Always Aggressive Podcast | 2021 Big Ten Championships Special

Coach Ersland, Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm go through the brackets for the 2021 Big Ten Championships.
The Big Ten finalized seeds for the 2021 conference wrestling championships Friday, unveiling the first-round matchups for Purdue in tomorrow’s first session at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Boilermakers had two seeds changed from the initial release on Tuesday, seeing freshmen Jacob Rundell and Gerrit Nijenhuis move up one spot at 133 and 165 pounds, respectively. 

Senior Griffin Parriott is the Boilermakers’ overall top seed, earning the No. 3 spot at 149 pounds. He will open tomorrow’s tournament against No. 14 seed Michael North of Maryland. Sophomore Kendall Coleman secured the No. 4 seed at 157 pounds, where he’ll match up with No. 13 seed Luke Baughman of Indiana.

Sophomore Thomas Penola was named the No. 6 seed at 197 pounds, where he draws No. 11 seed Garrett Joles in the opening round, and seniors Devin Schroder and Max Lyon earned the No. 7 seeds at 125 and 184 pounds, where they’ll wrestle No. 10 seeds Justin Cardani of Illinois and Rocky Jordan of Ohio State, respectively. 

Rundell jumped up to the No. 8 seed due to Rutgers replacing their original entry at 133 pounds, and he’ll now face No. 9 seed Kyle Burwick of Wisconsin. Nijenhuis and junior Parker Filius are both No. 9 seeds, matching Nijenhuis against No. 8 seed Jake Tucker of Michigan State at 165 and Filius against No. 8 seed Drew Mattin of Michigan at 141. Nijenhuis moved up a spot due to a clerical error in Tuesday’s pre-seeds.

Freshmen Emil Soehnlen and Dorian Keys wrap up the list of Boilermakers as No. 12 seeds at 174 and 285 pounds. Soehnlen will wrestle No. 5 seed Donnell Washington of Indiana, while Keys draws No. 5 seed Christian Lance of Nebraska.  

Action starts Sunday at 10 a.m. ET, with the entire championship set to air on the Big Ten Network.