Blog / Wrestling at Purdue

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette Indiana, is known as an engineering school with a rich history in academics and successful sports programs. The wrestling program, currently lead by second year coach Tony Ersland, is one of the top up and coming wrestling programs in the nation, with seven wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA tournament this past season and multiple wrestlers ranked nationally. Purdue ended the season ranked 25th in the nation and beat up on in state rival Indiana University.

Coach Ersland, a former Iowa wrestler under Dan Gable, brings all kinds of experience to Purdue. Previously, he has coached at Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, and most recently Nebraska. Two of his better known pupils are two-time NCAA champion and Olympic Gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and two-time NCAA champion and World medalist Jake Herbert.

Joining Coach Ersland on the Purdue Wrestling staff are Zach Tanelli and Tyrel Todd. Coach Tanelli, an All American and two time NCAA qualifier for Wisconsin, most recently served as interim head coach at Hofstra. Coach Todd, a three time All-American in college for Michigan, has coached NCAA runner up Borislav Novachkov while at Cal Poly and most recently spent time with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club coaching freestyle.

Overall, the future's looking bright for Purdue Wrestling.

Quick Facts

Division Division 1
Location West Lafayette, IN
Travel Time (from Jeff High) 3 Hours
Student Count 38,770
School Website
Athletics Website

Interview with Coach Ersland

I had the opportunity to talk to Coach Ersland about Purdue Wrestling...

Note: This interview was originally posted on Team Jeff Wrestling.

What separates Purdue from other Big 10 programs?
Describe the Purdue Facility...
The wrestling fanbase at Purdue...
What sets a recruit apart from the rest of the pack?
What should a high school freshman/sophomore do if he wants to wrestling in college?
What is Purdue doing for Indiana?
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