Men's Wrestling Notes
- Arnold Plaza (1947-50) is one of only nine wrestlers to win four Big
Ten championships. Plaza won the 1947 and '50 titles at 121 pounds and
also the 1948 and '49 titles at 114 1/2 pounds. The four-time
All-American also captured the 1948 and '49 NCAA championships, as well
as the '49 AAU title. One of Purdue's greatest wrestlers, Plaza was
named Big Ten Wrestler-of-the-Year in 1949 and later selected into the
Amateur Wrestling Hall-of-Fame.
- Former Purdue athletic director Guy "Red" Mackey coached the wrestling
team from 1932-33. The squad did not have any organized regular season
meets and only competed in the season-ending Big Ten meet. Due to the
economic struggles following the Great Depression, the Boilermaker
wrestling team was discontinued from 1934-37.
- The Old Gold and Black have won six Big Ten wrestling titles, in 1942,
'45, '48, '49, '50 and '54. The six first-place conference finishes rank
fourth among all present and discontinued varsity sports at Purdue
behind men's basketball (21), men's golf (12) and football (7).
- Joe Corso (1974-76) is the only Boilermaker to win a spot on the U.S.
Olympic wrestling team. Corso competed at the 1976 Olympic Games in
Montreal, Canada. After a first-round victory over Allah Ditta of
Pakistan, 20-8, Corso held the No. 1 ranking in his 125.5 weight class.
The next two matches proved fatal for the former All-American's medal
hopes as he fell to Zbigniew Zedzicki of Poland and Masao Arai of Japan.
- Bob Marshall is the only Boilermaker to win three Big Ten crowns.
Marshall won in 1960 and '62 at 157 pounds and in '61 at 167 pounds. He
also earned All-America status in 1960 and was named team captain and
MVP in '62.
- Entering the Big Ten Championships with a 2-4-1 dual meet record, the
1950 Boilermakers successfully defended their conference title as Purdue
won the meet for the third consecutive year. Five Boilermakers captured
Big Ten titles: Arnold Plaza at 121 pounds, Joe Patacsil at 128 pounds,
Charles Farina at 136 pounds, Charles Moreno at 145 pounds and Waldemar
Van Cott at 165 pounds. Patacsil went on to win the NCAA 128-pound title
leading the Boilermakers to a second-place finish at the NCAA
- There have been four Purdue wrestlers to earn Big Ten
Wrestler-of-the-Year honors: Arnold Plaza in 1949, Joe Patacsil in '50,
Bob Marshall in '62 and most recently, Joe Corso in '75. Corso became a
member of the 1976 United States' Olympic wrestling team, the only
Boilermaker in history to become an Olympian. Corso was named
All-American in 1975.
- Casey Fredricks (1940-42) earned All-America honors in 1941 (AAU) at
121 pounds and again in '42 at 128 pounds. Fredricks was Purdue's first
two-time All-American. From 1948-76, the 1941 AAU champion coached the
Ohio State wrestling teams. His 1951 Buckeyes won their second and most
recent Big Ten wrestling title.
- Ben Mottelson (1945-47) helped Purdue capture its second Big Ten title
by finishing second in the 136-pound class at the 1945 conference
championships. Just two years after being named All-American in 1945,
Mottelson won the Nobel Peace Prize as a physical scientist.
- Charles Jones (1991-92) won the 1992 NCAA and Big Ten 167-pound
championships. Jones finished his career with a school record winning
percentage of .931 (67-5). The two-time All-American finished the '92
season with a 33-1 record, also a school record.
- Current head coach Jessie Reyes was a two-time national champion while
wrestling at NCAA Division II Cal State-Bakersfield. Reyes won the 1983
and '84 142-pound titles and the '84 Division I title. While at
Bakersfield, the Roadrunners captured three Division II national titles
as Reyes compiled a record of 151-22-1. Jessie Reyes also won the Most
Outstanding Wrestler Award for the '84 NCAA Division II Championships.
- Claude Reeck coached the Boilermakers from 1937 to 1969. After
bringing Purdue wrestling back to life in '37, Reeck began to build one
of the nation's top programs. Reeck's teams won six Big Ten titles
including his 1950 NCAA runner-up squad. Along with one of his pupils,
two-time national champion Arnold Plaza, Reeck is enshrined in the
Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame.