Sept. 27, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The clock is ticking towards the beginning of the 2005-06 wrestling season, and that brings extra excitement for the Purdue Boilermakers. When practice begins on Oct. 12, the Boilermakers will no longer be in the basement of Mackey Arena.
The Blake Family Wrestling Training Center is nearing completion, with the practice mats being delivered on Monday evening, Sept. 26. With the mats in the room, and the new sound system installed, the finishing date is just around the corner.
"The new facility is vital for our training and recruitment of blue-chip student-athletes," head coach Jessie Reyes said. "This room will bring our program to the forefront of college wrestling."
The new room, built in Lambert Fieldhouse in the location of the former swimming pool, features two full-size competition mats, plus extra room for drilling as well as designated space for cardio machines and a video/sound room.
"The floor surface and mat surface in this room will be second to none," assistant coach Tom Erikson said. "The way this place was put together, there won't be a better wrestling surface in the country."