Luke Welch
Luke  Welch

RS Junior

Newburgh, Ind.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-4 / 133



Brunner Upsets, Welch Wins Thriller

Purdue finishes dual season at 8-7, 3-6 B1G


Welch Upsets, Morrissey Pins in Loss

Boilermakers take three bouts from No. 13 Minnesota


Boilermakers Drop Dual at No. 11 Rutgers

Luke Welch, Dylan Lydy and Jacob Morrissey victorious


East Coast Big Ten Foes Up Next

Boilermakers to face Maryland on Friday, No. 11 Rutgers on Sunday


WR Beats Indiana 19-12 in Mackey Mayhem

Boilermakers extend winning streak over Hoosiers to seven straight


• Competed at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/15)
• Competed at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/4)
• Competed at Midlands Championships (12/29)
• Competed at Big Ten Championships as the No. 11 seed (3/5)
• Competed in freestyle at University Nationals at 61 kg (6/4)

Season Notes
• Competed at 133 pounds after spending rookie season at 125
• Set career highs across the board in win types and in all scoring categories
• Team leader in overtime points scored (10) and non-conference dual wins (7) ... tied for team lead in overtime matches (4), overtime victories (3) and decisions (12)
• Tied for second with 11 dual victories ... fourth in takedowns (46), total points (169), dual points (38) ... fifth in second period points (47)
• Since the 2014-15 season, he started alongside his brothers Chad and Doug 22 times ... the trio won together seven times this season and nine times overall
• Strung together three consecutive wins on two occasions during the season
• Closed out regular season winning five of his last six matches
• His 23 points in the 23-8 technical fall of SIU Edwardsville's Dakota Leach (2/19) were the most scored in a match by a Boilermaker during the season ... he has a pair of 20+ point matches in his career
• Made three appearances on FloWrestling's rankings ... after two weeks at No. 19, he climbed to No. 17 in early March
• Earned his first-ever ranking from FloWrestling the week of Feb. 15 thanks to a pair of upsets: No. 8 Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State 3-1 (1/31) and No. 19 Anthony Giraldo of Rutgers 3-1 (TB1) (2/14)
• DiJulius stands as the highest-ranked opponent Welch has defeated in his career and is his first top-10 upset ... with the win, he avenged an 8-3 loss to Buckeye, who was ranked fifth, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December

Awards & Honors
• Academic-All Big Ten

• Competed at Michigan State Open (unattached) (11/2)
• Placed fifth at the Joe Parisi Open (11/22)
• Competed at Midlands (12/29)
• Competed at Big Ten Championships (3/7)
• Placed seventh in freestyle at University Nationals at 57 kg (5/30)

Season Notes
• Outside of two matches at 133 at Michigan State Open, spent entire season at 125 ... starter in half of the duals
• Averaged 4.6 points per match
• Made first dual start against Missouri at the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals
• First dual victory came while in lineup with older brothers Chad and Doug ... shut out North Carolina's Cody Karns 4-0
• Avenged loss to Brandon Jeske of Old Dominion from Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals while upsetting the 19th-ranked Monarch at Midlands 6-5 ... win was first over a nationally ranked opponent
• Took Wisconsin's Matt Cavallaris down a dozen times in 24-9 (6:30) tech fall ... first tech of career ... the 12 takedowns were the most by any Boilermaker in a single match ... his 14 points in the third period were the most scored by any Purdue wrestler in the third during season
• Made Holloway debut with 4-3 win over Garrison White of Northwestern in first match of a 22-17 dual upset of the 19th-ranked Wildcats
• Went 1-2 at first Big Ten Championships ... won opening bout against Maryland's Josh Polacek 3-1

2013-14 / AS A FRESHMAN
• Redshirted

• Four-time Indiana High School Athletic Association state qualifier and three-time state placewinner, including a runner-up finish at 126 pounds as a senior
• Posted a 50-3 record as a senior
• 120- and 119-pound fifth-place finisher as a junior and sophomore, respectively
• Went 47-1 as a junior and 49-2 as a sophomore
• Finished with a 181-16 career record and three program records: most takedowns in a season, total takedowns and total technical falls
• Two-time team captain and MVP
• Also ran cross country and played baseball

• Full Name: Luke Allen Welch
• Major: Social Studies Education
• Birthday: January 31, 1995
• City Born: Newburg, Indiana
• Parents: Curt and Dawn Welch
• Siblings: Younger brother to twins and former Purdue wrestlers Chad and Doug (2013-16) ... also has an older sister, Courtney


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