May 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team and head coach Scott Hinkel announced a pair of late signees for this season's recruiting class on Friday as Indiana high school standouts Alex Griffin and Tyler Kral are set to join the Boilermakers this fall. The pair had a combined record of 91-3 in their senior seasons and a projected at 149 and 285 pounds, respectively, to start their collegiate careers.
"Alex and Tyler will be fantastic editions to our team," said Hinkel. "They both have shown that they know how to put in the work on and off the mat, and continuing those attitudes at the collegiate levels will lead to great Purdue careers."
Griffin is a local product, hailing from Lafayette, Ind. and McCutcheon High School, where he received coaching from several former Boilermakers, including Nick Bertucci and Craig Shaw, and was a member of the Boiler Elite Wrestling Club. With a career record of 100-21, Griffin had a breakout campaign as a senior, finishing 45-1 at 138 pounds and taking third at the Indiana High School State Championships. After winning the conference, sectional and regional championships for the second straight season, and earning his first semi-state title, Griffin suffered his only loss of the year in the state semifinals, falling to fellow Boilermaker signee Devon Jackson. Griffin also set the McCutcheon single-season back point near fall record in his senior campaign.
"We've seen Alex wrestle quite a bit for the last few years, and we're excited to see him stick around and join our squad," said Hinkel. "The progress he made this season is just a glimpse of what's ahead for him as we know there's a lot of potential yet to come out."
Kral comes to the Boilermakers from Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind., where he captured the 2012 Indiana High School State Championship at 220 pounds. A two-time state placewinner, he finished his high school career at 122-8, adding a third-place effort as a junior at 215 pounds to go with this year's state crown. Kral was a three-sport athlete at Crown Point, also excelling in football and track and field, and has a laundry list of academic achievements, including a pair of Academic All-State awards for wrestling.
"Tyler has a ton of upside and we're fired up about him joining our heavyweight ranks," said Hinkel. "We think he's going to continue to grow, both physically and as a wrestler, and with his athleticism he could be a real force down the road."
Griffin and Kral join a trio of early signees in this year's class, following fellow Indiana natives Kyle Ayersman, Jackson and Tanner Lynde. The five combined for four Indiana state titles and a third-place finish at this year's state championship tournament.