National Champions

Arnold Plaza 
Arnold Plaza
1948 114.5-Pound Champion, 1949 121-Pound Champion
Arnold Plaza was the first Purdue grappler to win an NCAA individual championship, claiming the 114.5-pounds title in 1948 and then followed that with the 121-pound crown in 1949. The 1949 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, Plaza earned four letters in wrestling while at Purdue. Plaza is the only Boilermaker to win four Big Ten titles (1947-50) and was a member of the Purdue squads that won Big Ten team championships in 1948, 1949 and 1950. Plaza became the first Purdue wrestler to be inducted into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, entering with the 13-member inaugural Class of 1994.

 

Joe Patacsil 
Joe Patacsil
1950 128-Pound Champion
Joe Patacsil was the second Purdue Boilermaker wrestler to claim an NCAA individual championship, winning the 128-pound crown in 1950. A four-year letterwinner for the Boilermakers, Patacsil was a part of three Big Ten team champions, as he helped Purdue win the league title in 1948, 1949 and 1950. Patacsil was a two-time Big Ten champion at 128 pounds, capturing back-to-back titles in 1949 and 1950, and was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year in the year he won his NCAA title. In 1999, Patacsil became the second wrestler to be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, joining former teammate and fellow NCAA champion Arnold Plaza among the esteemed body of former Purdue athletes, coaches and administrators.

 

Charles Jones 
Charles Jones
1992 167-Pound Champion
The most recent Purdue Boilermaker to win an individual NCAA championship is Charles Jones, the 167-pound title winner in 1992. A Big Ten champion in 1992, Jones earned letters at Purdue in 1991 and 1992. He also earned All-America honors in both seasons on the mat for the Boilermakers. To date, Jones is the only wrestler in Purdue history to post a perfect record in a season, posting a 33-0 (1.000) mark during his NCAA-championship season. His career win percentage ranks first all-time for the Boilermakers, having accumulated a career mark of 67-4 (.944). In 2003, Jones became the fourth person associated with Boilermaker wrestling to be inducted into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, joining fellow NCAA champions Arnold Plaza (1994 inductee) and Joe Patacsil (1999) as well as legendary coach Claude Reeck (2000).