A.J. Kissel
A.J.  Kissel

RS Senior

Sheboygan, Wis.

High School:
Oostburg HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 197



Wrestling Earns Top-30 NWCA Academic Team Status, Honors All-Academic Trio

The Boilermakers earned a Top-30 team spot for the second straight season.


Wrestling Earns NWCA All-Academic Top-30 Honors

Senior A.J. Kissel is the first four-time NWCA All-Academic honoree in school history.


Boilermakers Collect 51 Winter Academic All-Big Ten Awards

Senior Chelsea Jones was one of three athletes conference-wide with a 4.0 GPA.


Wrestling Hands Out Postseason Honors

Quiroga was named the Boilermakers' Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second time.


Wrestling Ties For 28th At NCAA Championships

The Boilermakers finish with 17.5 team points.


Purdue vs. Michigan State

Purdue vs. Michigan State - Dec. 09, 2011

2012 Ultimate Hammer
Four-time NCAA Qualifier
Four-time NWCA All-Academic & Academic All-Big Ten
Tied for 1st career falls - 47
Tied for fifth career reversals - 36
18th career back points - 201
Single-season falls record holder - 19 (2008)

2011-2012 (SENIOR)
Posted an 8-7 record in an injury marred final season, qualifying for his fourth career NCAA Championship ... topped 11th-ranked Brent Haynes of Missouri in dual competition (11/13) ... earned his 46th career fall at Wisconsin, leading Purdue to a 41-3 rout in Madison (1/20) ... tied the Purdue career falls record at the NWCA National Duals in Ithaca, N.Y. (2/12), pinning Central Michigan's Chad Friend in 1:31 ... qualified for the NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships (3/3-4), knocking off the No. 1 seed, Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, in the quarterfinals ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/15-16), with a major decision and his first career technical fall ... finished tied for the Purdue career lead with 47 falls, tied for fifth with 36 career reversals and ranked 18th with 117 career back points ... earned the inaugural Ultimate Hammer award as the Boilermakers' most dominant wrestler ... earned his fourth NWCA All-Academic honor as well as his fourth Academic All-Big Ten award, becoming the first four-time national award winner in Purdue history and just the seventh four-time conference honoree.

2010-2011 (JUNIOR, 184)
Finished 22-10 in his return from redshirt, earning his third varsity letter and advancing to his third NCAA Championship ... won his first eight matches of the season, including three major decisions and a fall ... placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/3-4), scoring four pins ... went 2-0 at the NWCA National Duals (1/8), including a 1-0 win over 11th-ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma State, starting a streak of seven consecutive victories through 1/21 ... pinned two of three opponents in a 3-0 outing at the Wendy's Classic (1/15) ... upended seventh-ranked Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota, 4-3, in Big Ten Duals en route to a 3-4 conference record ... placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships (3/5-6), needing an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships (3/17), where he was 0-2 ... led the team with nine falls, building his career total to 45, good for third all-time at Purdue ... his 22 wins were tied for the team lead ... earned NWCA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten awards.

2009-2010 (REDSHIRT)
Did not compete during third season at Purdue ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2008-2009 (SOPHOMORE, 184)
Qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Championships, earning an at-large bid and finishing the year 30-10 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten duals ... placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open(11/1) with three falls and a 3-1 record ... pinned a trio of opponents at the inaugural Boilermaker Challenge (11/15) ... took fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/5-6), tallying three falls and an 8-2 decision over No. 13 Justin Kerber of Cornell ... earned seventh place at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30), edging NCAA qualifier Vince Didona of Central Michigan, 3-2, in the placing match ... strung together a nine-match win streak from the Old Dominion Duals (1/4) to the opening Big Ten dual against Penn State (1/24), including four falls ... won four straight conference duals against Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan (2/6-2/21) ... went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships (3/7) ... advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships (3/19-20), upsetting fifth-seeded Dustin Kilgore of Kent State in the first round ... tied for ninth in NCAA Division I with 17 pins, good for the best on the Boilermakers and second in Purdue's single-season history ... now third all-time at Purdue with 36 career falls ... tied for second on the team with 30 wins and 10 reversals, and ranked third with 39 back points.

2007-2008 (FRESHMAN, 184)
Posted a 25-17 record (2-6 Big Ten) in his first season at Purdue, smashing the Boilermakers' single season falls record and becoming the first true freshman NCAA qualifier since 2005 ... took sixth place at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/3), pinning four opponents ... went 2-1 at the ACC/Big Ten Clash (11/17) with a pin and a major decision ... notched a trio of falls at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (11/30-12/1), including a 4:48 pin of 12th-ranked Kurt Brenner of West Virginia ... pinned six straight opponents to start the second half of the season ... snapped the single-season fall mark with a 3:47-fall over Northwestern's Adil Kolovic (2/15) ... earned an automatic bid to nationals with a seventh-place showing at the Big Ten Championships (3/8-9) ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/20-22), notching his Purdue record 19th fall of the season over ninth-seeded Brent Chriswell of Arizona State in the first round.

Four-year letterwinner in wrestling at Oostburg High School ... career record of 165-2, placing second in the state of Wisconsin as a freshman and winning the state title as a sophomore, junior and senior ... coached on the mat by Steve Rogers.

Born on Oct. 12, 1988, in Sheboygan, Wis. ... full name is Andrew Joseph Kissel ... son of Andrew and Tracy Kissel ... has two brothers, Joshua and Patrick, and one sister, Jessica ... enjoys hunting ... majoring in landscape horticulture and design.

Career Statistics
Year Wt. W L Pct. F TF MD D Other T2 E1 R2 NF2 NF3 Bk. Pts.
2007-08 184 25 17 .595 19 0 2 4 0 30 35 13 6 8 36
2008-09 184 30 10 .750 17 0 2 11 0 27 18 10 6 9 39
2010-11 184 22 10 .688 9 0 4 8 0 31 22 5 3 5 21
2011-12 197 8 7 .533 2 1 1 4 0 20 10 8 3 5 21
Totals 85 44 .659 47 1 9 27 0 106 85 36 18 27 117


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