The Boilermakers had their highest Midlands finish since 2008.
2012 Most Falls
2012 Team Player
Tied for 11th career falls - 22
Tied for fifth career reversals - 36
Eighth career back points - 201
Completed an outstanding career with a team-best 24 wins (24-9), including a team-best 10 falls ... took fourth at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/5) ... went 4-0 at the Northeast Duals (11/26), with three falls and a major decision en route to Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors ... had an eight match win streak from 11/26 to 12/18, including six by bonus points ... took third at the Cleveland State Open (12/18) ... went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30) ... won the Lake Erie College Storm Open (1/7), scoring four wins, all by bonus points ... topped Northwestern's Jameson Oster (1/29) on Senior Day (D 7-1) ... finished fifth at the National Collegiate Open (2/26) ... finished tied for 11th with 22 career falls, tied for fifth with 36 career reversals and ranks eighth all-time at Purdue with 201 career back points ... 10 falls in 2011-12 are tied for 13th on Purdue single-season record list and 15 reversals are tied for 14th ... named the Boilermakers' Team Player.
2010-2011 (JUNIOR, 133)
Notched a 10-6 record at 133 pounds, earning his third varsity letter ... posted a 2-2 mark at the Michigan State Open (11/13) ... placed second at the Cleveland State Open (12/11) with a 3-1 mark and his first technical fall and major decision of the season ... finished 1-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29), posting a 15-0 technical fall over Luke Cherep of Missouri ... pinned ninth-ranked Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan at the National Duals (1/8) after trailing 8-0 after the first period ... won a pair of matches at the Wendy's Classic with a fall and a major decision ... went 0-1 in Big Ten Duals, falling to Minnesota's David Thorn ... finished second on the team with 34 back points, increasing the No. 12 career total in school history to 136 ... posted the fourth-best win percentage on the team at .625.
2009-2010 (SOPHOMORE, 125) Finished 16-12 on the season ... captured fifth place at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/7) for the second straight year, going 4-2 on the day and knocking off #14 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State twice; pinned three foes on the day, including Triggas ... was a flawless 3-0 at the Northwestern Duals (11/14) with wins over Ryan Mango of Stanford, 11-5, Caleb Flores of UNI, 5-4, and Robert Joyce of Northwestern, 2-0 ... fell to Missouri's Bradley Wisdom in a dual with the Tigers (11/20) ... took fourth at the Missouri Open (11/22) with a 3-2 record, including a pair of falls ... went 3-2 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/4) with two technical falls and a major decision ... posted a 2-1 mark at the Old Dominion Duals (1/3), including a 4:34 pin of UNC Greensboro's Eric Chandler ... wrestled five matches at 133 pounds, including a pair of Big Ten Duals against top-10 ranked opponents ... tied for the team lead with six falls on the year ... is tied for 19th in Purdue history with 102 back points.
2008-2009 (FRESHMAN, 125/133) Finished 11-6 in his rookie campaign, including a 1-1 record in conference duals ... earned fifth place at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/1), going 3-2 with two falls and a major decision ... won five straight matches at 125 pounds from the Boilermaker Challenge (11/15) through the Wendy's Duals (1/17), scoring bonus points in every match with two falls, a technical fall and two major decisions ... lost at 133 pounds to George Mason's Denny Herndon at the Old Dominion Duals (1/4) ... scored his first career Big Ten victory with a 7-4 decision over Wisconsin's Drew Hammen in Madison (2/15) ... knocked off Ohio State's Nikko Triggas in the opening round of the Big Ten Championships (3/7), but just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... finished second on the team with 53 back points, tied for fifth with five reversals and tied for sixth with four falls.
2007-2008 (REDSHIRT) Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and three-year letterwinner in soccer at Whiteland Community High School ... seven-time Greco state champion and three-time freestyle and folkstyle state champion ... placed third at the 2006 Border Wars Nationals and fifth at cadet Greco nationals ... finished eighth in the state of Indiana as a sophomore and sixth as a junior ... sectional, regional and semi-state champion as both a junior and senior ... capped off high school career by winning state as a senior ... had the most reversals and nearfalls on the team all four years and the most pins as a sophomore, junior and senior ... coached on the mat by Dave Thompson.
PERSONAL Born on Sept. 5, 1988, in Beech Grove, Ind. ... full name is Matthew Alan Fields ... son of Jerry and Brenda Fields ... has three sisters, Jessica, Sarah and Nicole ... enjoys reading, science and hunting ... majoring in speech pathology and audiology.