Danny Sabatello
Danny  Sabatello

RS Senior

Long Grove, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 141



Spring 2016 Graduates

81 Boilermakers earn undergraduate degree


Sabatello, Welch Advance at NCAAs

Redshirt senior duo split matches on Day 1 of NCAA Championships


Welch's NCAA Run Ends

Boilermakers conclude competition in Madison Square Garden


Three Days in March

Trio takes the mat inside Madison Square Garden on Thursday


Three Grapplers Place at B1G Championships

Danny Sabatello and Chad Welch earn NCAA auto bids

Stats, Records, Match-by-Match

• Three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (133, 141)
• Two-time 141-pound Big Ten Championships placewinner
• First Purdue wrestler to twice earn Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors in his career (12/2/2014; 1/20/2015)

• Placed third at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/15)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as the No. 6 seed (12/4)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29-30)
• Placed fifth at Big Ten Championships as the No. 7 seed (3/5-6)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/17-18)

Season Notes
• Bumped up to 141 pounds for senior campaign
• Completed third full season as the dual starter, a stretch of 49 duals since 2013-14 ... went 35-14 during the stretch
• Closed out career on a pair of top-20 lists ... ranks 13th in career takedowns with 266 ... also ranked 13th in career back points with 146
• Team-leading 71 takedowns, averaged 1.9 per match ... 230 total points ranked second on the team and is 6.2 points per match tied for second among those that wrestled 20 or more matches this season ... 1 of 2 Purdue wrestlers to score over 200 points this season, the other being Chad Welch (240)
• Tied for third in bonus point wins with nine (4 MD, 5 F) ... his five pins were a career high
• Scored first in nearly 60 percent of his matches ... team leader in third period points with 66 ... was second with 97 points in the first period and 55 in the second ... earned the riding time point in 11 matches
• Notched four wins over ranked opponents, which was the second-most on the team ... beat No. 11 Zach Horan of Central Michigan (6-3), No. 17 Dan Neff of Lock Haven (149) (12-10 (SV2)), No. 17 Anthony Abidin of Nebraska (15-4) and No. 7 Tommy Thorn of Minnesota (11-6)
• Appeared on the final edition of InterMat rankings at No. 20 ... it was the first time he was ranked in 2016 after being included on the first five editions to start the season in October and November ... second consecutive season he was on the final rankings ... closed out the2014-15 season ranked 17th at 133 pounds ... also landed on final rankings from Amateur Wrestling News (20), FloWrestling (17), TheOpenMat.com (19) and WIN Magazine (16)
• Received an automatic bid to his third NCAA Championships, becoming the 16th three-time qualifier in Purdue history ... went 1-2 at NCAAs ... met the No. 3 seed, Kevin Jack of NC State, in the first round and lost 5-0 ... trailing 8-6 with 36 seconds to go, reversed Arizona State's Robert Mathers and sent him to his back in a single motion to get the fall at 6:52 ... forced to bow out after a back-and-forth 12-10 battle with Seth Gross of South Dakota State
• Wrestled above his seed by placing fifth at the Big Ten Championships as the No. 7 seed ... went 3-2 for his best outing at the tournament ... opened with consecutive wins to advance to the semifinals ... shut out Gabe Grahek of Wisconsin 4-0 in his first match and followed by upsetting Minnesota's second-seeded Tommy Thorn 11-6 ... Thorn was the highest ranked opponent he defeated during the season and the fourth top-10 foe he'd beat in his career ... avenged a Jan. 15 dual loss to Michigan State's Javier Gasca III with a 3-2 decision for fifth place
• Closed out the regular season winning four of his last five matches, including two by major decision
• Season long winning streak was five straight from Nov. 15 to Dec. 4 with two decisions, two falls and received a medical forfeit
• Went 4-1 to take third at the Michigan State Open ... opened with a 3:39 fall of Ohio State's Sal Marandino, followed by an 11-3 major decision of KeVon Powell (unattached - Ohio) ... received a medical forfeit from Northwestern's Jameson Oster in the third-place match

Awards & Honors
• Most Outstanding Wrestler
• Two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (12/2; 1/20)

• Competed at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/2)
• Roadrunner Open 133-pound champion (11/16)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29-30)
• Competed at Big Ten Championships (3/7-8)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/19-20)
• Placed fourth in freestyle at University Nationals at 65 kg (5/30)

Season Notes
• Moved down a weight class and wrestled second season of Purdue career at 133
• Team leader in wins (28), dual wins (16), bonus point wins (11; 5 MD, 2TF, 4 F), matches scored first (24), points scored in the third period (82), accumulated riding time (53:37), dual points scored (62) ... tied for most Big Ten dual wins (7) and major decisions (5)
• Led team with seven wins over ranked opponents, with two of those wins coming over top-10 opponents: No. 7 Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State (6-0) and No. 4 Zane Richards of Illinois (4-2) ... the win over Richards marks the highest ranked opponent he's defeated in his career
• Scored first in 63 percent of his matches (24 in 38 matches)
• His +35 second period (67-32) and +32 third period (82-50) scoring advantages were tops on the team
• Held a +36 takedown differential, which ranked second on team
• Averaged 6.4 points per match and held opponents to 3.4 points per match
• Wrestled in all 18 duals ... won all nine non-conference bouts (5 D, 1 MD, 2 F, 1 forfeit) ... won seven dual matches with bonus points, including three in Big Ten action
• Ranked by InterMat for nine consecutive weeks and appeared on the 133-pound list a dozen times ... spent three weeks at No. 11 ... finished the season ranked No. 17
• Went on a career-best 16-match winning streak, with seven bonus point victories, from Nov. 2 to Dec. 29 ... streak included eight decisions, three major decisions, three pins, one technical fall and one forfeit ... three wins were upsets ... streak was longest on the team during the season
• Won 12 straight dual matches spanning the past two seasons ... streak started with a 10-6 upset of Illinois' eighth-ranked Steven Rodrigues on Feb. 7, 2014, and ended with a 5-2 decision over Eric Montoya of Nebraska on Jan. 9, 2015
• Captured first tournament title of career by winning the Roadrunner Open ... previous high finish in a tournament was fifth
• Posted a trio of consecutive bonus point wins, starting with a 5:22 upset pin of Chattanooga's No. 14 Nick Soto (12/12), followed by a 10-1 major decision of Matt Williams from North Carolina (12/13) and a 20-5 (6:08) technical fall over Northwestern's John Coukos in Midlands opening bout
• Avenged 9-7 sudden victory Midlands loss to Northwestern's Dominick Malone with 10-2 major decision in dual action as Purdue upset the 19th-ranked Wildcats 22-17
• Beat nine NCAA qualifiers during the season, including bonus point wins over Soto and the major over Malone
• Had a 2-3 Big Ten Championships, but earned an automatic NCAA berth with 12 spots allocated to the Big Ten
• Received No. 11 seed at NCAA Championships ... went 2-2 ... edged Missouri's Zach Synon in opening bout 4-2 (SV), and beat Kevin Norstrem of Virginia Tech 1-0 in wrestlebacks

Awards & Honors
• Most Improved Wrestler Award

• Placed fifth at Michigan State Open (11/9)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/6-7)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Placed eighth at Big Ten Championships (3/8-9)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/20)

Season Notes
• Moved up a weight class after wrestling at 133 during redshirt freshman season
• Led the team in decisions (19), two-point nearfalls (10) and backpoints (35)
• Was second in wins (22), takedowns (73), riding time points (9), total points scored (249) and dual team points scored (35)
• Averaged nearly seven points per match
• Won nine of first 12 matches, with the three losses coming to top-five ranked wrestlers
• Upended No. 18 Laike Gardner of Lehigh 7-2 in Midlands Championships wrestlebacks for first career win over a ranked opponent
• 6:53 stick of Nebraska's Colton McCrystal in dual action was first career fall
• Earned first national ranking of career in mid-February at No. 19 and held the spot for two more weeks
• Upset consecutive nationally ranked opponents in dual action, posting a 10-6 decision over No. 8 Steven Rodrigues of Illinois and a 14-10 decision over Northern Iowa's 14th-ranked Joey Lazor
• Placed eighth in first Big Ten Championships and received an at-large bid to his first career NCAA Championships
• Suffered a pair of two-point losses to bow out of NCAAs

• Placed fifth at Eastern Michigan Open (11/3)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)

Season Notes
• Rebounded from a first-round loss to win four straight, including a pair of technical falls, at Eastern Michigan Open
• Swept a trio of matches at the Northern Illinois Duals, scoring a major decision and a technical fall
• Earned a pair of victories at the Purdue Duals
• Picked up his first career conference victory at Illinois, posting an 11-4 decision over Logan Arlis
• Led the team with four technical falls and finished sixth with 57 takedowns
• Ranked fourth on the team with 39 back points

• Redshirted

• Three-time state placewinner for St. Viator High School and Stevenson High School, graduating from Stevenson with a career record of 152-19
• Took fourth place at the Illinois State 3A High School Tournament as a sophomore for St. Viator and is one of four students to ever place at state for the school
• Won back-to-back Illinois 3A Championships at 119 and 125 pounds at Stevenson, becoming the first state champion in school history
• Went 41-0 as a senior, finishing as the No. 12 ranked 125-pounder in the nation on InterMat
• Scored 729 total points as a senior, good for third all-time in in Illinois High School Association history
• Posted 292 takedowns as a senior, which is 11th all-time in the state of Illinois (IHSA)

• Full Name: Daniel Anthony Sabatello
• Major: Law and Society
• Minor: Organizational Leadership and Supervision
• Birthday: March 31, 1993
• City Born: Arlington Heights, Illinois
• Parents: Greg and Nancy Sabatello
• Siblings: Both older brothers, Joe and Vince, attended Purdue


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