Sept. 5, 1997

ERICKSON IS THE ULTIMATE WRESTLER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

Purdue assistant wrestling coach Tom Erickson, known around the world as a top freestyle wrestler, has another hobby...ultimate prize fighting.

An All-American at Oklahoma State from 1986-87, Erickson is 5-0-1 in the no-holds-barred competition. Anything goes in the ring except eye-gouging and biting. Erickson, at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, will compete at the World Caged Combat Championships in South Wales, Australia.

Recently, Erickson finished fourth in the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, despite a first-degree shoulder separation.