Jacob Morrissey
Jacob  Morrissey

RS Senior

Oconto Falls, Wis.

High School:
Oconto Falls

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165



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• Four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Two-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2017: 174; 2018: 165) 
• Ranks sixth on Purdue’s career back points list (272)
• Tied for seventh on Purdue's career reversals list (36)
• Tied for seventh on Purdue's season record list for reversals (17, 2018)
• Ranks 12th on Purdue’s season record list for back points (96, 2018)
• Ranks 15th on Purdue’s season record list for back points (82, 2017)

• Stats

Awards & Honors
• Academic All-Big Ten 

• Placed sixth at Michigan State Open (11/5)
• Competed at Navy Classic (11/18)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/1)
• Placed seventh at Midlands Championships (12/29-30)
• Competed at Big Ten Championships as the No. 10 seed (3/3-4)
• Competed at NCAA Championships (3/15)

Team Leader
• Points scored in the second period (77), reversals (17), two-point nearfalls (11)

Career Highs Set
• Wins (21), dual wins (10), non-conference dual wins (6), decisions (10), major decisions (4), bonus point wins (11), points scored in the first (123), second (77) and third periods (82), riding time (40:53), takedowns (43), reversals (17), two- and four-point nearfalls (11, 21), back points (96), total points scored (290), points per match (7.1), dual points (42)

Season Notes
• Set numerous career highs after making the move to 165 ... wrestled at 174 the three previous seasons.
• Improved his scoring average from 6.1 to 7.1 (+1.0) ... his 290 total points scored was 112 more than his previous career high of 178 set last season ... the 290 points were the second most scored on the team.
• Reached 20 wins for the first time in his career ... 11 of his 21 wins were with bonus points (4 MD, 4 TF, 3 F) ... over half of his 67 career wins resulted in bonus points (8 MD, 11 TF, 16 F).
• Started 26 consecutive duals dating to Dec. 19, 2016 ... since becoming a starter in 2015-16, Morrissey wrestled in 38 of the 49 duals.
• Received one of the four at-large bids available at 165 to qualify for his second NCAA Championships ... went 0-2 in Cleveland.
• Went 1-3 at Big Ten Championships ... wrestled two extra matches due to the Big Ten receiving nine or more NCAA qualifier allocations ... closed out the tournament with a 20-2 technical fall in 5:39 against Maryland’s Brendan Burnham in the 11th-place match, aiding his case for an NCAA at-large bid.
• His last home match was a 13-0 major decision over Northwestern’s Michael Sepke ... he registered a takedown in each period and tilted for a four-point nearfall in the third.
• Twice beat NCAA qualifier Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State ... blanked him 4-0 in first match of Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, then 11-5 in the Jan. 26 dual ... Fogarty was ranked 17th when Morrissey beat him in January.
• Defeated South Dakota State’s Logan Peterson 7-5 to place seventh at the Midlands Championships ... was unseeded in the tournament ... had a pair of wins in sudden victory and opened with an 11-3 major decision of Andrew Scott of Northern Illinois.


Awards & Honors
• Academic All-Big Ten

• Placed fourth at Eastern Michigan Open (11/5)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/2-3)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Placed eighth at BIg Ten Championships as the No. 7 seed (3/4-5)
• NCAA Championships qualifier (3/16)
• Competed in freestyle at University Nationals at 80 kg (6/4)

Season Notes
• Wrestled in the postseason for the first time in his career after having last season come to an end in February due to injury, placing eighth at Big Ten Championships and automatically qualifying for NCAA Championships at 174 pounds.
• Went 0-2, facing a pair of top-10 seeds at NCAAs.
• Earned NCAA berth in dramatic fashion, coming back to beat No. 9 Micah Barnes of Nebraska, 6-4, in sudden victory in the second round of wrestlebacks at the Big Ten Championships ... also beat Chris Pfarr for a second time this season in his first match at Big Tens with a 6-2 decision.
• Set career highs this season in technical falls (4), bonus point wins (9), shutouts (5), four-point nearfalls (19), back points (82) and total points scored (178) ... 55 percent of his career wins have been with bonus points (4 MD, 7 TF, 13 F) ... had 28 more back points than previous season high of 54 in 2014-15.
• Tied with Ben Thornton for most dual points scored (35) ... had team high nine reversals ... ranked second on the team in first period points (98), four-point nearfalls (19) and back points (82) ... ranked third in bonus point wins (9).
• Concluded the conference season at 7-1, which is the best Big Ten dual record since Ivan Lopouchanski went 7-1 in 2012-13 ... trio of wins earned bonus points ... pinned Northwestern’s Braxton Cody in 50 seconds and Pfarr of Minnesota (2:23) ... the quick pin of Cody was the second of his career that has come in less than 60 seconds ... posted 15-0 tech fall vs. Sam Rowell of Maryland in 4:26.
• Nine of his 16 wins resulted in bonus points ... earned back points in 11 of his 29 matches, including five of his eight Big Ten dual bouts.
• Won a team-best seven straight dual matches from Dec. 19 to Jan. 29 ... four earned bonus points with three pins and a tech fall .. went 6-0 in January.
• Suffered an injury at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open that sidelined him for a month ... returned to action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and won his first match 9-0 ... 1:11 worth of riding time then lifted him past Navy’s fourth-seeded and 11th-ranked Jadaen Bernstein 3-2 for the highest ranked opponent he’s defeated in his career.
• Made his first dual start at SIU Edwardsville on Dec. 19 since sustaining a season-ending injury at Indiana on Feb. 7, 2016, by pinning Jake Residori in 4:21.
• Exploded for seven points in the second period and nearly pinned 19th-ranked Devin Skatzka of Indiana on his way to a 10-4 upset.
• Earned first ranking from Amateur Wrestling News the week of Feb. 27, checking in at No. 20.


Awards & Honors
• Academic All-Big Ten

• Competed at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/15)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/4)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)

Season Notes
• 174-pounder was forced to miss February and March due to an injury
• Team high in second period points with 56 ... was +23 in the second period ... averaged 6.0 points per match with 138 total points
• Ranked third on the team with 40 back points (2 2N, 9 4N) ... his nine four-point nearfalls tied for third most on the team ... also tied for third with seven reversals
• Four of the seven ranked opponents he went up against were ranked in the top 10
• Started a dozen duals and scored 35 points ... five of his wins were with bonus points (1 MD, 2 TF, 2 F) ... won four Big Ten matches, two of which were technical falls ... outscored those two opponents 33-2
• Had back-to-back first period pins in dual action: Kyle Wojtaszek of Bloomsburg in 2:43 and Tyler Wood of Lock Haven in 2:12
• Made easy work of NCAA qualifier Nick Wanzek of Minnesota with an 18-2 technical fall in 5:00
• Upset eventual national champion Myles Martin of Ohio State 11-8 in dual action ... put eight points on the board in the second period, including a four-point nearfall ... Martin was ranked 15th at the time

Awards & Honors
• Academic-All Big Ten

• Placed fifth at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/2)
• Competed at Roadrunner Open (11/16)
• Purple Raider Open 174-pound champion (1/18)
• Greyhound Open runner-up (2/7)
• Competed in freestyle at University Nationals at 80 kg (5/30)

Season Notes
• Led the team with most wins in a single tournament (6 - Michigan State Open), three-point nearfalls in a single match (4), most back points in a single match (14), season total three-point nearfalls (14) and tied for most back points (54; 6 2N, 14 3N)
• Half of wins were with bonus points (1 MD, 1 TF, 6 F) ... six falls was third most on team
• +42 scoring advantage in the first period ranked second on team ... +22 in second ranked fifth ... was +26 in the third
• Averaged 6.5 points per match ... tied for fourth on team
• Won six straight bouts after losing opening match to 11th-ranked Mark Martin of Ohio State (6-2) en route to fifth-place showing at Michigan State Open ... pinned last two opponents, including 4:04 stick of No. 14 Shane Hughes of Columbia in fifth-place match
• Pinned Indiana Tech's Antonio Rodriguez in 1:46 in his first dual appearance of career
• Went 5-0 on way to winning Purple Raider Open title ... won with two decisions, a tech fall and a pin
• Won two matches with bonus points in runner-up finish at Greyhound Open

2013-14 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Redshirted

• Four-year varsity letterwinner at Oconto Falls High School
• Won three Wisconsin High School state championships in dominating fashion
• Was relentless en route to his second Division II 170-pound title, recording a 54-second fall, a 16-0 technical fall and an 18-4 major decision in the 2013 championship bout
• Posted a 9-0 major decision in 2012 title match at 170 ... captured the 2011 state title at 171 pounds with a 16-0 technical fall in the championship match
• Suffered overtime loss to finish as the 160-pound runner up as a freshman
• Scored bonus points in 7 of 12 matches wrestled in state tournament (2 MD, 2 TF, 3 F)
• Went undefeated as a sophomore and senior (47-0)
• Final record of 184-4
• Three-time ASICS USAW Folkstyle Nationals placewinner, including the 2013 170-pound title
• Took third in freestyle and sixth in Greco-Roman at 2013 ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships, both at 170

• Full Name: Jacob Riley Morrissey
• Major: Law & society
• Minors: Political science, organizational leadership 
• Birthday: October 4, 1994
• City Born: Green Bay, Wisconsin
• Parents: Matt and Diane Morrissey
• Siblings: One brother, Cullan


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