Erikson parts ways with the Boilermakers after 15 years with the program.
Tom Erikson is in his 13th season as an assistant coach with the Purdue wrestling program after spending his first two years in West Lafayette as a volunteer assistant with the Boilermakers. Primarily responsible for the upper weight divisions in the wrestling room, Erikson also serves a variety of other duties for the Boilermakers including scouting, recruiting, meet management and travel arrangements for the squad.
The Boilermakers have seen a wealth of success in the upper end of the lineup in Erikson's tenure, including two-time All-American heavyweight Jake Vercelli, three-time 197-pound NCAA qualifier Nathan Moore and two-time heavyweight national qualifier Israel Blevins. The group owns some of the top marks in school history in wins and falls, including Vercelli's 27 falls, tied for sixth all-time, and Moore's 111 wins, tied for seventh all-time. Most recently, Erikson has guided 197-pound standout Logan Brown to a trio of NCAA Championship appearances and a wealth of Big Ten successes. Brown has placed at several major tournaments in his tenure under Erikson, including the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, the Midlands Championships and the Big Ten Championships.
In January 2003, Erikson began serving as the vice chair of marketing and ticket sales for the 2004 Olympic Team Trials, which were held in Indianapolis. He served in the same post for the 2003 World Team Trials, also held in Indianapolis.
During his competitive career, Erikson was a prolific wrestler on the national and international scene. He was either first, second or third at the U.S. Nationals every year since 1985, and claimed the title at the 1992 Olympic Team trials. He was second at the 1992 Olympic Wrestle-off, as well as being the 1988 and 1996 final Olympic qualifier. Erikson was also an Olympic qualifier in the summer of 2000. Overall, he is a four-time Olympic qualifier and three-time alternate.
Erikson won the World Cup in 1992 after a second-place finish in 1987. During the summer of 1997, Erikson placed fourth at the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. On the international level, he has won major championships in the United States, Cuba, Canada, Turkey and Panama.
Erikson was a two-time All-American while wrestling at Oklahoma State. He finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1986, his junior year, and followed that with a third-place finish in 1987. His 83-4-1 record at OSU still ranks as the sixth-best career winning percentage (.949) for a Cowboy wrestler. Erikson's 42-win total in 1986 ranks fourth on the single season record list, and his 41 wins in 1987 are fifth. He is third on the career falls list, including technical falls, with 48, and holds the single-season record with 26.
Prior to his two years at Oklahoma State, Erikson was a two-time national champion at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. After claiming the title as a freshman in 1984, he repeated in 1985 and was named the NJCAA National Tournament Outstanding Wrestler. Erikson holds the single-season pin record at Triton with 28 in 1984.
Erikson was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame in 1996, the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Indiana High School Coaches Associates Hall of Fame in 2009.
Erikson is married to the former Randi Linsenmeyer. The couple has two children, son Bowdie and daughter Jadlynn.