Over 100 Boilermakers spanning the last seven decades are expected back.
~ 2005 ALL-AMERICAN (8th, 184 Pounds)
~ 2005 NCAA QUALIFIER (5th at the Big Ten Championships)
~ 2004 NCAA QUALIFIER (3rd at the Big Ten Championships)
~ 2003 NCAA QUALIFIER (7th at the Big Ten Championships)
2004-2005 (JUNIOR, 184)
Earned All-America honors, placing eighth at the NCAA Championships ... had a record of 22-16 on the season, with all 16 losses coming against NCAA qualifiers ... was 9-16 vs. NCAA participants ... posted a Big Ten dual record of 6-2 ... finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational (12/4-5) with a 5-2 record ... came back from a knee injury to defeat Dan Gallagher of Penn (1/5) by 15-6 major decision ... closed the regular season with a 5-2 decision over NCAA qualifier Josh Weitzel of Michigan (2/20), the second win of the year against the Wolverine grappler ... placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (3/5-6) with a 2-2 record, all four matches coming against NCAA qualifiers ... opened the Big Ten Championships with a 3-1 win over All-American Paul Bradley of Iowa ... went 5-3 on the mat at the NCAA Championships, allowing only one takedown in the eight matches ... started the NCAA Championships with a 10-1 major decision vs. John Davis of UT-Chattanooga ... lost twice in the tournament in second tie-breaker, falling to Penn State's Eric Bradley (3-2) and Iowa's Paul Bradley (4-3).
2003-2004 (SOPHOMORE, 184)
Earned his second berth to the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships ... posted a 10-8 record against ranked opponents and a 12-9 mark against NCAA qualifiers during the 2003-04 campaign ... opened the season with 10 consecutive wins (11/15-12/5) and later posted a 13-win streak (12/13-1/23) ... defeated then-No. 5 Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly (12/5) by a 2-1 decision enroute to a sixth-place showing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... was 5-0 at the Virginia Duals ... posted a 24-9 four-point technical fall against Arizona State's Jason Trulson (1/10), a win that provided the criteria for a 20-20 Criteria 'D' win against the Sun Devils ... won a 6-1 tie-breaker victory against Blake Kaplan of Ohio State (3/7) at the Big Ten Championships ... defeated Big Ten champion and No. 4-seeded Eric Bradley of Penn State (3/18) at the NCAA Championships by riding time after a 2-2 deadlock through two tie-breaker periods.
2002-2003 (FRESHMAN, 184)
Was an NCAA qualifier in his first year of collegiate wrestling ... posted a 22-18 record and was 2-6 in Big Ten duals ... was 2-12 against NCAA qualifiers ... opened his career with a five-match winning streak, including a pin against Carson-Newman's Andre Sharopov (11/23) in his first match ... captured third place in the Mat Town Invitational (11/30) with a record of 5-1 ... was 2-2 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, including a 4:40 fall over Missouri's Jeff Foust (12/6) ... finished second at the Orange Bowl Sunshine Open (12/28-29) ... opened the Purdue win over Ohio State with a 6-5 overtime decision win against Casey Kapustka (2/9) ... defeated Willie Breyer of Michigan (2/22) by an 11-5 decision in the final match of the regular season ... placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships (3/8-9), defeating Michigan State's Nate Mesyn by 4-3 decision for the final NCAA berth at 184 pounds ... opened his first appearance at the NCAA Championships (3/20-22) with a 7-4 decision against four-time NCAA qualifier Scott Justus of Virginia Tech.
Did not compete during initial season at Purdue.
Four-year letterwinner at Richmond High School ... earned all-conference honors as a freshman ... followed with a sixth-place finish in state as a sophomore ... finished seventh in the state as a junior ... claimed the state championship title in his final year at RHS ... also lettered in football (three years) and baseball (three years) ... was an all-conference selection on the gridiron as a junior and tabbed all-state as a senior ... coached by Matt Holeva.
Born on Dec. 4, 1982, in Richmond, Ind. ... full name is Benjamin Richard Wissel ... son of Katha and Richard Wissel ... has three brothers, Tom, Dan and Greg, and one sister, Anne ... enjoys being outside and riding horses ... majoring in history.