THUMBNAIL SKETCH ? A technical wrestler who possesses great speed ? he is a student of the sport, always looking to improve his skills ... has been working on pinning, combinations and escapes ? look for him to lead the team in takedowns for the second consecutive year.
1999-00 ? compiled a 22-11 overall record in 1999-00 ... finished the season 6-3 in the Big Ten and 15-5 in dual meets during the regular season ... finished one win shy of reaching All-America status for the second year in a row ... one of seven Purdue grapplers to see action in every regular season match (Robinson, Moore, Fitch, Williams, Colegrove and Vercelli) ... finished as the team leader in scoring (61 points) ... tied for fifth on the team with 37 takedowns ... posted a 2-1 record at the Cowboy Open and the Desert Duals to start the season ... pinned Dan Fell of Marquette in 6:25 of Wendy?s Duals on Jan. 16 ... defeated Indiansa?s NCAA qualified Pat Cassidy.
1998-99 ? Became Purdue's ninth All-American in the 1990s and 42nd overall when he placed eighth at 125-pounds at the 69th annual NCAA Division I championship ... named team MVP ... finished the year with a 34-10 record with a 17-5 record in dual meets and an 11-5 mark in the Big Ten ... his 34 wins are the 11th-most in school history ... captured fifth place at the Big Ten Championships to earn his first trip to NCAA?s ... placed first in the Northern Iowa Open and third in the St. Louis Open ... was 5-5 against the top eight seeds in the Big Ten ... was 3-0 against NCAA qualifier Steve Doerrer from Illinois ... scored 68 points in dual matches to lead the Boilers ... tops on the squad with 11 Big Ten wins, 102 takedowns and 15 three-point near falls.
High School ? Team was ranked first in the nation in 1996 and 1997 ... finished first in 1996 Reno Tournament of Champions ... 1996 national prep school champion ... was the 1995 Ironman Tournament Champion ... coached by Jeff Buxton, Soloman Fleckman and Jim Frick.
Personal ? Born Jason Silverstein on May 7, 1978 in Pompton Lakes, N.J. ... son of Christine and Jeffrey Silverstein ... has three sisters, Rebecca, Sabrina and Melissa ... construction management major.
- Who is your favorite professional wrestler? ?Mankind.?
- What impresses you about Coach Reyes most? ?His leadership and organizational skills.?
- If you were a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and you had to use a ?life line?, who would you call? ?Britney Spears.?
- Do you have any pre-match rituals? ?I listen to Enya, and get psyched up!?
- What is the most memorable moment of your wrestling career? ?Becoming an All-American.?
- If the cast of Survivor consisted of the Purdue wrestling team, who would survive? ?Me.?
Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 1998 Redshirted 1999 34 10 2 5th 8th 2000 22 11 1 7th -- Career 56 21 3 -- --