HIGHLIGHTS Two-time NCAA qualifier (2012, 2013) Two-time Big Ten Championship placewinner (2013 - 8th; 2012 - 7th) 2013 Team Captain 2012 Iron Man (most matches wrestled)
2012-13 (SOPHOMORE, 197) Finished 25-12 in his first season at 197 pounds with a 5-3 mark in Big Ten duals ... won 14 straight matches from Nov. 17 to Dec. 29, including four falls and a pair of major decisions ... took the Northern Iowa Open title (12/8), receiving a forfeit from 2013 All-American Kyven Gadson of Iowa State in the finals ... led the Boilermakers to narrow wins over Northwestern (2/1) and Michigan (2/3) with wins over Alex Polizzi, D 5-4, and Max Huntley, Fall 1:18 ... pinned 12th-ranked Brent Haynes of Missouri at the NWCA National Duals (2/17) ... placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships (3/9-10), topping Nebraska's Caleb Kolb to earn and automatic bid to nationals ... went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/20), including a narrow 3-2 loss to All-American Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State ... finished second on the team with seven falls and third on the team with 25 wins ... led team with 85 points in duals and ranked fifth on the squad with 35 back points.
2011-12 (FRESHMAN, 184) Finished 23-15 in his inaugural season at 184 pounds, including a 6-2 mark in Big Ten duals ... placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open, going 3-1 with a pair of falls ... topped his first ranked opponent at the Northeast Duals (11/26), downing Binghamton's Nate Schiedel (MD 15-3), en route to a 3-1 day ... won six consecutive matches via bonus point from 12/9 to 12/29 (four falls, two major decisions) ... finished fourth at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30), scoring three falls and a major decision, while losing to only the top-two seeds ... earned seventh place and an NCAA automatic qualifier at the 2012 Big Ten Championships (3/3-4), going 3-2 with a pair of decisions and a forfeit win ... went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/15-16), falling to the NCAA Champion (Steve Bosak of Cornell) and the No. 10 seed ... named the Boilemakers' Outstanding Freshman and Iron Man ... finished second on the team with 23 wins, third on the team with eight falls and tied for third with four major decisions.
2010-11 (REDSHIRT) Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL Four-year varsity letterwinner at Delphi High School; three-time Indiana State High School Championship placewinner, taking a high mark of second as a senior; placed fourth at the state tournament as a sophomore and fifth as a junior; finished 48-1 in his senior season en route to a 182-13 career mark; ranked in the top-100 national high school recruits by D1CollegeWrestling.net.
PERSONAL Braden Brooks Atwood was born March 4, 1992, in Munster, Ind.; is the son of Mike and Lynn Atwood; has one brother, Michael, and one sister, Brittney; enjoys hunting and fishing; majoring in building construction management.