Coach Tony Ersland talks about U-23 results, the non-conference schedule release and the newly opened active recruiting window in the latest podcast. Discussions also range from mullets to a doppelgänger for Coach Ersland that has him nearly fall out of his chair with laughter.
Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland and crew bring you a summer update on the Always Aggressive Podcast, diving into the Boilermakers’ results from the U23 Freestyle Championships, the announcement of the non-conference schedule and some info on the newest group of Boilermakers set to come on campus.
Sophomore Thomas Penola and senior Max Lyon led a group of Boilermakers to Lincoln, Nebraska for the U23 nationals, both earning spots on the podium. Ersland spoke on the efforts of several other Boilermakers at the event and to the nature of how offseason freestyle competition helps the team in their training.
Purdue’s non-conference schedule for 2021-22 was announced in recent weeks, unveiling six dates for the Boilermakers to conclude 2021. Ersland walks through the schedule with various notes about the scheduled duals and tournaments
The NCAA’s recruiting dead period finally came to a close on June 1, meaning that Ersland and his staff could resume both on-campus and off-campus recruiting. The Boilermakers are already hard at work, searching for the next group of wrestlers to join the roster in 2022.
In addition, the newest group of Boilermakers are set to come to campus this weekend as summer school starts Monday. Ersland speaks to their recruitment under COVID restrictions over the past year and how excited the Boilermakers are to have them come to campus.
The show closed with a hat tip to Big Ten Network standout Shane Sparks, who came to West Lafayette to call some baseball recently, and a side-by-side comparison between Ersland and a WWE star.
0:00 - Welcome back, U23 Nationals
17:00 - 2021-22 Non-Conference Schedule
24:45 - NCAA Dead Period is over
28:45 - Freshman report to campus
32:25 - Thank you Shane Sparks
34:20 - What WWE Star does Ersland look like?