Wrestling Signs 4 to Class of 2018
Nov. 21, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland continues to bring in nationally ranked talent by signing a pair of top-100 recruits to his class of 2018. Ersland has now inked nine top-100 recruits in his four years at the helm. 

“We continue to increase the depth and competitiveness of the wrestlers in our room,” Ersland said. “The notoriety goes to those that are nationally ranked, however these four young men will be tremendous additions to our roster. Young wrestlers are recognizing the trajectory of our program and want to be a part of it.”

The four signees hail from Indiana, Illinois and Ohio with resumes littered with national and state honors: a top-10 170-pounder and Ohio high school state champion and a pair of top-20 wrestlers at 145 and 195 pounds.

“Since we are only graduating two off our roster, this year’s signing class was more about filling needs and getting the right kind of young men,” Ersland said. “This class has a good mixture of fulfilling needs and bringing in high-quality student-athletes.”

Projected weight: 165/74 / Canton, Ohio / Massillon Perry High School

The Soehnlen File
• Ranked No. 50 on FloWrestling’s Class of 2018 Big Board (11/15)
• Ranked No. 61 in the Class of 2018 by InterMat (8/10)
• Ranked No. 4 at 170 by WIN Magazine (11/15)
• Ranked No. 6 at 170 by InterMat
• Ranked No. 8 at 170 by FloWrestling (10/25)
• Ranked No. 8 at 170 by The Open Mat (11/16)
• 2017 Super 32 Challenge third-place finish at 170 pounds
• 2017 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I 170-pound champion
• Three-time OHSAA Division I qualifier (2015: 138; 2016: 152; 2017: 170)
• 2017 Federal League Wrestler of the Year
• 2016 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament third-place finish at 170 pounds
• 2015 NHSCA Freshman Tournament All-American with fourth-place finish at 138 pounds

Ersland on Soehnlen
“I like how Emil competes and I like his attitude. He goes out and gets after his opponents to create scoring opportunities. He is a strong young man, both physically and mentally.

“I think Emil was drawn to Purdue because of our culture and the tightness of our team, compounded by being able to compete in the Big Ten Conference and on the big stage. Purdue put it all together for him.”

Projected weight: 149/57 / South Holland, Illinois / Mt. Carmel High School

The Coleman File
• Ranked No. 18 as a 157 prospect by FloWrestling (8/28)
• Ranked No. 94 in the Class of 2018 by InterMat (8/10)
• Ranked No. 11 at 145 by InterMat
• Ranked No. 17 at 145 by FloWrestling (10/24)
• Ranked No. 19 at 145 by WIN Magazine (11/15)
• Ranked No. 20 at 145 by The Open Mat (11/16)
• Two-time Illinois High School Association state placewinner … 2017 class 3A 138-pound runner-up … 2016 class 2A fifth-place finisher at 132 pounds
• 2017 Northern Plains Regional Freestyle Tournament 145-pound runner-up
• 2016 Cliff Keen USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals third-place finish at 132 pounds
• Named to 2016-17 Daily Southtown Wrestling All-Area Team at 138 pounds

Ersland on Coleman
“Kendall is a very talented young man. We think he is just starting to figure out how good he really can be. His upside is tremendous and we believe he is going to fill our need at 149 nicely.

“We like young men that are having success, but aren’t a finished product. We believe Kendall is capable of national championships and as he gain confidence and his skills improve, that’s what he will achieve.”
Projected weight: 174/84 / Zionsville, Indiana / Zionsville

The Penola File
• Ranked No. 16 at 195 by WIN Magazine (11/15)
• 2017 Super 32 Challenge fourth-place finish at 195 pounds
• 2017 IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open 198-pound champion
• 2017 Indiana State Wrestling Association Freestyle State Finals runner-up at 195 pounds
• 2017 ISWA Folkstyle State Finals 182-pound champion
• Two-time Indiana High School Athletic Association semi-state qualifier (2016: 160; 2017: 170)

Ersland on Penola
“Thomas is a late bloomer, someone who is just now starting to experience success. We were very happy to see him finish fourth at the Super 32 Challenge, a notable early season national tournament. We think he is developing nicely towards the end of his high school career.

“Thomas has been in the wrestling room a lot with the Boilermaker RTC. It’s important to keep our in-state talent close to home.”
Projected weight: 141/49 / Indianapolis, Indiana / Cathedral High School

The Melloh File
•Two-time NHSCA All-American … placed eighth at 138 pounds at 2017 NHSCA Junior Tournament … placed fourth at 132 pounds at 2016 NHSCA Sophomore Tournament
• Two-time Indiana High School Athletic Association placewinner … placed third at 138 pounds in 2017 … was fourth at 126 pounds as a freshman in 2015
• 2016 Indiana State Wrestling Association Freestyle State Finals third-place finish at 138 pounds

Ersland on Melloh
“Like Thomas, Zach is a young man that we are very familiar with. He has been working out with the Boilermaker RTC a lot over the past couple of years. We believe that he fits our mold; he is hard working and smart. We are happy to keep him in the state of Indiana.”




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