2009-2010 (FRESHMAN, 141)
Finished 11-11 in his first collegiate season ... earned his first collegiate victory at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/7), downing Illinois' Tyler Lepretre in sudden victory, 9-7 ... lost two matches at the Michigan State Open (11/15) ... went 2-2 at the Cleveland State Open (12/13) ... posted an 11-6 win over Lakeland College's Jake Montie at the Purdue Duals (12/20) ... captured the 141-pound title at the UW-Oshkosh Dan Gable Open (1/17) with a perfect 3-0 mark ... placed second at the Indianapolis Greyhound Open (2/7) with a 3-1 mark ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
Four-year varsity letterwinner at Nevada Union High School ... two-time placewinner at the California state high school sectional championship, taking third as a senior and fifth as a junior ... coached on the mat by Shane Valdez.
Born on June 18, 1990, in Grass Valley, Calif. ... full name is Matt R. Manuel ... son of Paul and Kellye Manuel ... has two brothers, Alex and Luke, who is a sophomore captain on this year's Purdue wrestling team ... enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking ... intends to major in agriculture business.