Purdue Wrestling and Ersland Era Opens in California
HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS 2014 NCAA qualifier 2014 Big Ten Championships placewinner, 8th 2014 Most Improved Award
2013-14 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | 141 Moved up a weight class after wrestling at 133 during redshirt freshman season ... compiled a record of 22-14, including a 10-4 dual mark ... 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 UNI'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.
2012-13 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN | 133 Finished with an 11-8 mark in his first collegiate season, including a 1-3 record in Big Ten duals ... finished fifth at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/3), rebounding from a first-round loss to win four straight, including a pair of technical falls ... swept a trio of matches at the Northern Illinois Duals (11/17), scoring a major decision and a technical fall ... earned a pair of victories at the Purdue Duals (12/16) ... went 1-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29) ... picked up his first career conference victory at Illinois (1/11), 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.
2011-12 | FRESHMAN Redshirted ... did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL 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 (IHSA) history ... posted 292 takedowns as a senior, which is 11th all-time in the state of Illinois (IHSA).
PERSONAL Daniel Anthony Sabatello was born March 31, 1993, in Arlington Heights, Ill. ... is the son of Greg and Nancy ... has two brothers, Joe, a 2010 Purdue alumus, and Vince, a current Purdue student ... enjoys working out and playing sports with friends ... majoring in Law and Society.