April 23, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Head coach Scott Hinkel and Purdue wrestling welcomed three more individuals to the Boilermaker family on Tuesday as Aaron Assad, Josh Farrell and Andrew Geers signed their national letters of intent to join the team this fall. The trio joins Jacob Morrissey, Cody Pae and Luke Welch to give Hinkel six incoming freshman on the 2013-14 roster.
"This class has really come together to be a very impressive group," said Hinkel. "Their accomplishments on the mat speak for themselves, but more than that they all fit the type of energy, excitement and determination that we're trying to build here. They're all ready to be a part of something special."
Assad joins the Boilermakers from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Brecksville, Ohio, where he was a Division I state champion at 113 pounds and finished with a 44-4 record in his final season. He finished his high school career as a four-time Ohio High School State placewinner, taking third place in 2012 in Division I at 113, second at 103 in Division III in 2011 and third at 103 in Division III in 2010. Assad most recently finished second at the National High School Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, adding to a second-place effort at the Beast of the East, a fifth-place showing at the Ironman and a seventh-place finish at last year's freestyle Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. Ranked ninth in the country by InterMat and 15th in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, he projects as a 125-pounder for the Boilermakers.
An Indiana native, Farrell comes to Purdue from Greenfield Central High School where he claimed the 2013 Indiana High School state title at 152 pounds. He broke the school record for wins in a season, going 48-0, and earned just the second state title in his school's history. His state title was the first for Greenfield Central since 1979, and he was given his own day by the school on February 18, celebrating his achievement. A four-time state placewinner in Indiana, Farrell was the state runner-up at 138 pounds in 2012, a seventh-place finisher at 119 pounds in 2011 and earned sixth place at 103 pounds in 2010. Farrell earned the No. 20 spot in the latest InterMat poll and he projects at 157 or 165 pounds in his collegiate career.
Geers looks to bring a new dynamic to the Boilermaker heavyweights, coming to West Lafayette from Naperville, Ill. at a towering 6'7". The 2013 state runner-up had multiple Division I offers for both wrestling and football after going 131-29 with 63 pins on the mat and playing left tackle for the Neuqua Valley football team. A three-time Illinois High School 3A placewinner, Geers finished second in 2013, and fourth in 2012 and 2011. Geers finished the season ranked 15th at heavyweight by InterMat.
This group gives the Boilermakers four state champions and two state runner-ups coming in next year as Morrissey won the Wisconsin Division II crown at 170 pounds, Pae captured the Missouri Division II state title at 132 pounds and Welch was the Indiana state runner-up at 126 pounds. Morrisey also added a USA Wrestling/Cliff Keen Folkstyle National title this month, dominating the tournament with three pins, a technical fall and a major decision in the finals, while Welch finished seventh at the National High School Wrestling Championships at 126 pounds and was awarded the Jeff Blatnick Sportsmanship award.
"These guys have all committed to being part of a special family here at Purdue," said Hinkel. "We're thrilled about the pledge they've made to us and know that they will be a part of great things ahead for the Boilermakers."