No. 24 Boilermakers are back in action in Holloway Gymnasium Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Boilermaker grapplers split home and away this weekend in B1G action.
Boilermakers (7-2) open B1G action on the road this weekend.
157-pounder is 34th Boilermaker in program history to place at the tournament.
Three duals await the Boilermakers (3-0) on Saturday in Troy, N.Y.
Purdue vs. Michigan State - Dec. 09, 2011
Two-time NCAA Qualifier (2012, 2013)
Two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2010, 2011)
2013 Team Captain
2013 Most Takedowns
2012 Most Improved
2013-13 (SENIOR, 157)
Posted a 21-17 mark in his final season, going 2-6 in Big Ten duals and qualifying for his second straight NCAA Championships ... edged 16th-ranked Kyle Bradley of Missouri, SV 11-9, in season-opening duals (11/10) ... won 11 of his first 12 matches, including 10 straight from Nov. 10 to Dec. 8 ... placed fifth at the Northern Iowa Open (12/8) with a major decision and a technical fall ... went 1-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29), earning a 5-4 tiebreaker win over NCAA qualifier Zac Cibula of Rider ... earned clutch Big Ten dual victories in team wins over Wisconsin (1/28) and Michigan (2/3), helping Purdue to conference wins in each meet ... topped Bradley of Missouri for a second time at NWCA National Duals, D 9-5 (2/17) ... went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships (3/9), but earned an at-large bid to nationals ... notched a 2-2 mark at the NCAA Championships (3/20-21), including a major decision over Ohio's Spartak Chino, 11-2, suffering losses to All-Americans James Fleming of Clarion and James Green of Nebraska ... tied for seventh on the team with 21 wins, while scoring the second-most technical falls (three) and fifth-most major decisions (four) ... led team in takedowns (70) and reversals (15), and ranked second on the squad with 41 back points ... 15 reversals matches the No. 14 single-season mark in school history and finished tied for 13th all-time at Purdue with 32 career reversals.
2011-12 (JUNIOR, 157)
Set a series of career-bests in a 20-20 campaign at 157 pounds, earning his first career national ranking and qualifying for his first career NCAA Championship ... won just three of his first nine matches, including a 2-2 showing at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/5) ... captured sixth place at the Midlands Championships (12/29-30), going 6-3 with five straight wins, including three over seeded opponents ... finished 3-5 in Big Ten duals, including key wins against Illinois (1/6) and Indiana (2/5) ... placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships (3/3-4) ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/15-16) with a major decision and a decision ... tied for the team-lead with 15 reversals, matching the No. 14 single-season total in school history, and finished second with 61 takedowns.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE, 149)
Posted a 9-6 record at 149 pounds, earning his first varsity letter ... went 1-2 at the Michigan State Open (11/13) ... won six straight from Nov. 19 to Dec. 11 en route to a second-place finish at the Cleveland State Open (12/11), including a 3-1 decision over 2011 All-American Derek Valenti of Virginia ... posted a 2-1 mark at the Wendy's Classic (1/15) ... went 0-2 in Big Ten Duals, falling to Matt Mincey of Minnesota and Mark Ballweg of Iowa ... finished fifth on the team with 18 back points ... earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2009-10 (FRESHMAN, 141)
Finished 7-5 in his first collegiate season, competing at 141 and 149 pounds ... finished 3-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/7) ... went a perfect 4-0 at 149 pounds, winning the Indianapolis Greyhound Open (2/7) with two falls and two major decisions ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
Produced a 159-18 career record at Valparaiso High School ... 2008 Indiana state high school champion, completing his final season with a 47-2 record ... 2007 Indiana state high school runner-up ... three time state qualifier, and two-time semi-state champion ... three-time team captain ... 2008 Academic All-State First-Team honoree ... coached on the mat by Todd Evans and Tom Churchard.
Born on Feb. 18, 1990, in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... full name is Thomas John Churchard ... son of Tom and Karen Churchard ... has one sister, Rachael, who is a current student at Purdue ... enjoys golf, biking and art ... majoring in management.