No. 24 Purdue closes out Big Ten dual schedule with 18-16 loss to No. 18 Illinois.
HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS 2013 NCAA qualifier 2013 Big Ten Championship placewinner, 8th 2013 Outstanding Freshman
2013-14 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | 165 Dropped down to 165 for redshirt sophomore season after spending rookie campaign at 174 ... posted an 8-13 record, with half of those wins coming via fall ... his 56-second stick of Jake Vitale in the SIU-Edwardsville dual was his quick pin and second fastest on the team ... appeared in 10 of 14 duals ... placed second at the Storm Open, pinning two of his four opponents.
2012-13 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN | 174 Finished 22-15 in his first varsity season, qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... took second at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/3) with a 4-1 record ... went 1-1 in home duals against Old Dominion and Missouri (11/10), topping ODU's Billy Curling (D 6-2) ... swept three matches at the Northern Illinois Duals (11/17) with a fall and a decision ... posted a 2-1 mark at the Northeast Duals (11/24), earning a pair of decisions ... finished second at the Northern Iowa Open (12/8), going 4-1 on the day with a major decision and a fall ... posted a 2-5 mark in Big Ten duals, earning wins against Michigan State (1/4) and Indiana (2/11) ... went 1-1 at the National Duals (2/17), scoring a 13-1 major decision over Wyoming's L.J. Helbig in a 20-16 victory over the Cowboys ... earned two wins at the Franklin & Marshall Duals (2/23), posting a major decision and a fall ... placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships (3/9-10), upsetting eighth-ranked Lee Munster of Northwestern in the opening round and edging Wisconsin's Scott Liegel to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... went 0-2 at NCAA's (3/20), including a narrow 5-3 loss to All-American Cody Walters of Ohio in the first round ... led team with 43 back points and ranked sixth with 22 wins ... tied for third with four falls and tied for fifth with 53 team points in dual competition.
2011-12 | FRESHMAN Redshirted ... did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL Finished 178-14 at Castle High School, including a perfect 51-0 mark as a senior ... won the 2011 Indiana High School State Championship at 160 pounds, setting the Castle record for wins in a season (51) ... finished third at the state championship at 152 pounds in his junior season, going 48-1 and suffering his only loss in the state semifinals ... was a four-time Indiana High School State Championship qualifier ... won the 2011 NHSCA Senior National Championships at 152 pounds, going 5-0 with three falls and a major decision and not allowing a point in the semifinals and finals.
PERSONAL Chad Geoffrey Welch was born May 30, 1992 in Newburgh, Ind. ... is the son of Curt and Dawn Welch ... has two brothers, Doug and Luke, who are also on the Purdue Wrestling team, and one sister, Courtney ... enjoys baseball and wood working ... majoring in Law and Society.