Three earn NCAA Championships berth
Trio takes the mat inside Madison Square Garden on Thursday
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Six seniors will be honored before No. 25 Boilermakers take on in-state rival Indiana Friday.
No. 24 Boilermakers are back in action in Holloway Gymnasium Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Purdue vs. Michigan State - Dec. 09, 2011
HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS
2010 125-pound All-American - 6th
Three-time NCAA qualifier (2010, 2012, 2014)
Three-time Big Ten Championships placewinner (2010 - 6th; 2012 - 5th; 2014 - 3rd)
Three-time Most Takedowns Award (2010, 2012, 2014)
Two-time Most Outstanding Wrestler (2010, 2012)
2014 N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award winner
2014 Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler
2014 Team Captain
2010 Outstanding Freshman
2010 NWCA Freshman All-Academic
2010 Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Fifth Team selection
2009 Mortar Board Freshman Scholar-Athlete
Fourth all-time career takedowns - 383
2013-14 | REDSHIRT SENIOR | 133
Tallied an 18-8 record in a shortened senior campaign ... compiled a 7-3 dual record, including a 5-1 mark in Big Ten duals ... finished second on team in bonus point victories (five falls, four major decisions and one technical fall) ... averaged 3.62 takedowns per match in his final campaign, racking up 94 in 26 matches wrestled ... ranks fourth all-time in career takedowns with 383 ... scored nearly 11 points per match ... held a 9-6 record against nationally ranked foes with six upsets ... solidified return to the lineup in early January by posting back-to-back upsets in Big Ten action, beating Michigan's No. 20 Rossi Bruno in the first tiebreaker, 6-5, followed by a dominating 9-2 decision over ninth-ranked Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State ... entered InterMat rankings thereafter at No. 14 and was ranked for the remainder of the season ... dealt fifth-ranked Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State a 7-5 setback in dual action, marking the highest-ranked opponent he'd beaten in his career ... put on an offensive show in final home dual with a 19-6 major decision upset of No. 11 Zane Richards of Illinois ... upset seventh-ranked No. 7 David Thorn of Minnesota, 6-3, to place third at Big Ten Championships and receive an automatic bid to NCAA Championships ... tabbed as the No. 7 seed ... opened NCAA Championships by pinning Virginia Tech's Dennis Gustafson in 4:51 ... avenged season-opening loss to Nick Soto of Chattanooga with an 8-7 decision in the second round ... suffered an 11-7 loss to Edinboro's second-seeded A.J. Schopp in the quarterfinals and bowed out one match shy of earning All-America honors with a 5-3 loss to 12th-seeded Joe Roth of Central Michigan ... earned a final ranking of No. 8.
2012-13 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR | 133
Managed just 13 matches in an injury-marred season, going 10-3 overall, including a 10-1 mark in dual competition ... opened the season with a 12-6 win over Old Dominion's 20th-ranked Scott Festejo (11/10) ... went 2-1 at the Northeast Duals (11/24), earning a technical fall and a decision ... went 4-0 in Big Ten duals, including a pair of major decisions ... led the team to a 20-16 win over Wyoming at the National Duals (2/17), posting a 12-4 major decision over Kasey Garnhart ... notched a pair of technical falls at the Franklin & Marshall Duals (2/23) ... went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships (3/9) and did not earn an at-large bid to the national tournament ... finished second on the team with 68 takedowns.
2011-12 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | 133
Finished 22-8 in his first collegiate season at 133 pounds ... took second at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/5), sustaining and injury in the finals and missing a month of competition ... led squad to a Big Ten dual victory over Michigan State (12/9) with a major decision in his first match back ... won 12 straight matches from 1/20 to 3/3, including seven bonus point victories ... won the Ashland Simonson Open (1/28), going 4-0 with two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall ... went 2-0 at the NWCA National Duals (2/12) ... earned a crucial 12-4 major decision over Central Michigan's Zach Horan to lead team to a 19-18 dual victory (2/19) ... placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (3/3-4), going 3-2 including a pair of wins over Minnesota's Chris Dardanes and earning an automatic bid to NCAAs ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/15-16) with a major decision and sudden victory ... led team with 97 takedowns, tying the No. 19 single-season mark and surpassing 200 for his career (221) ... ranked second on the team with 40 back points, led squad with two technical falls and tied for team lead with six major decisions ... named Purdue's Most Outstanding Wrestler for second time in his career.
2010-11 | SOPHOMORE
Redshirted ... did not compete during his second season at Purdue.
2009-10 | FRESHMAN | 125/33
Earned All-America honors at 125 pounds with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, finishing the year 28-15 overall ... took home fourth place at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/7) ... placed second at the Cleveland State Open (12/13) ... swept four matches at the Purdue Duals (12/20), posting two falls and a major decision ... went 3-2 at the Midlands Wrestling Championships (12/29-30), scoring a trio of major decisions, including back-to-back 20-point efforts against Iowa State's Dallas Collier and Maryland's James Knox ... wrestled a trio of matches at 133 pounds at the Old Dominion Duals (1/3), finishing 2-1 on the day with wins over Justin LaValle of Old Dominion (D 6-3) and Manuel Ramirez of UNC Greensboro (MD 17-5) ... went 4-3 in Big Ten Duals ... earned an automatic qualifier to the national tournament with a sixth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships (3/6-7) ... went 3-3 at the NCAA Championships (3/18-20), reaching the national semifinals ... became the fifth freshman All-American in school history and just the third true freshman to earn the honor ... posted a team-best 124 takedowns, becoming the first freshman in school history to top the 100-takedown mark in a season, good for sixth in single-season history ... led the team with 10 major decisions.
Four-year varsity letterwinner and Indiana State High School Championship qualifier at Lawrence North High School ... named the No. 65 recruit in the nation in 2009 by InterMat Wrestling ... won the 2009 USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championship in Fargo, N.D. ... three-year Indiana placewinner, winning the state title in 2008, placing second in 2007 and third in 2009 ... coached on the mat by former Boilermakers Jared Williams and Eric Douglas, and Michael Weimer and Jeremy Gondol.
Born on July 12, 1990, in Indianapolis, Ind. ... full name is Christopher Cashé Quiroga ... is the son of Chris Quiroga and Cathy Ray ... has three brothers: Dustin, Memo and Blake, and four sisters: Angie, Amanda, Cameo and Samantha ... enjoys the outdoors ... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.