Purdue Wrestling and Ersland Era Opens in California
2013-14 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE | 157 Moved down to 157 for second season after wrestling at 165 and 174 last year ... got off to a 5-7 start before suffering season-ending injury ... opened campaign by pinning Ohio State's Matt Fee in 6:41 at the Michigan State Open ... cruised past Roger Wildmo of Michigan State with a 14-3 major decision at Michigan State Open ... appeared in first four duals ... blanked SIU-Edwardsville's Logun Taylor, 6-0, in dual action.
2012-13 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN | 165/74 Posted a 13-9 record in his first collegiate season, including an 0-2 mark in conference duals ... went 3-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/3), including a fall and a technical fall ... finished 3-2 at the Michigan State Open (11/11), including a fall ... won the Ashland Harris Open (11/17), scoring five straight wins with two falls and a major decision ... split a pair of matches at the Northeast Duals (11/24), topping Maryland's Josh Snook (D 4-2), but falling in his only appearance of the season at 174 pounds ... fell to NCAA runner-up David Taylor of Penn State (1/20) and ninth-ranked Taylor Massa of Michigan (2/3) in Big Ten duals ... tied for third on the team with four falls ... tied for sixth on the season with eight reversals and ranked ninth with 23 back points.
2011-12 | FRESHMAN Redshirted ... did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL Posted an 185-11 high school record at Castle High School ... captured the 2011 Indiana High School State Championship at 152 pounds, after finishing as the state runner-up at 145 pounds in 2010 ... also placed fifth at the state tournament as a sophomore ... owns Castle High School record for consecutive wins (54) and career wins (185) ... took eighth at the 2011 NHSCA Senior Championships at 145 lbs., advancing to the consolation quarterfinals before defaulting to All-America honors.
PERSONAL Welch was born May 30, 1992 in Newburgh, Ind. ... is the son of Curt and Dawn Welch ... has two brothers, Chad and Luke, who are also on the Purdue Wrestling team, and one sister, Courtney ... enjoys baseball and wood working ... majoring in Social Studies Education.