Wrestling Hands Out Season Awards
April 11, 2017

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The 2016-17 Purdue wrestling season came to an official end at its annual awards banquet Saturday at the Spurgeon Club. Wrestlers were recognized for their accomplishments on and off the mat.

Two-time NCAA qualifier Alex Griffin received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Griffin posted a 26-15 record in his final campaign for the Boilermakers. During his senior season, the 157-pounder set career highs across the board in nearly all win types and statistical categories. He has etched his name among Purdue's best when it comes to scoring back points. The 158 he racked up this season are the fourth most in a season for the Boilermakers. His four-year total of 310 ranks third for a Purdue wrestler in his career.

Christian Brunner earned two accolades, taking home the Boiler Up Tough and Outstanding Freshman awards. A native of East Dundee, Illinois, Brunner owned a 24-17 mark at 197 pounds. He capped off his true freshman season with an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, a first for a Purdue rookie since 2010. His seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships was also the first for a true freshman since 2010.

The title of Most Improved Wrestler went to Tyler Kral. His final season saw him go out with career bests in all win types and stat categories. Finishing with a record of 21-16, Kral matched his win total from the three previous seasons and he had a dozen more victories than he did in 2015-16. Among his 21 wins were seven shutouts, which were more than he had the three previous seasons combined.

Ben Thornton was bestowed with the Joe Patacsil Leadership Award, Cody Pae received the Most Dedicated Wrestler award and the Hammer Down Strength & Conditioning Award went to Austin Nash.

Nine wrestlers were honored for earning Academic All-Big Ten distinction: Jacob Aven, Jeremy Golding, Nate Limmex, Tanner Lynde, Jacob Morrissey, Pae, Blake Reid, Thornton and Cole Wysocki.

Morrissey and Pae each earned their third nod, while Aven, Reid and Thornton earned their second honor.

Amanda Dahl, Purdue wrestling's supervisor of operations and associate athletics communications director for wrestling, was also recognized with the National Wrestling Coaches Association Dan Gable "American Needs Wrestling" Award. The award, which Dahl received at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis in March, is given to recognize those individuals who have given significant time and effort to the sport of wrestling. Those efforts must have had significant impact on the preservation or promotion of the sport.



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