Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland has a strong track record of national success and consistency. Ersland, a former Iowa wrestler, has helped the Boilermakers finish in the top 25 in the final poll in six of his seven seasons as head coach. He has qualified 45 wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including eight wrestlers in a season four times. Purdue has compiled a dual meet mark of 60-50 under Ersland. The Boilermaker head wrestling coach has also been successful in recruiting, landing five top-25 recruiting classes in his seven seasons.
MatBoss recently caught up with Ersland and talked to him about this past season, recruiting, NCAA's NIL policy, schedule, season outlook and more.
Kyle Ruschell has helped carry on the strong wrestling tradition at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since he was hired to lead the Mocs in 2018. Ruschell led UTC to a share of the conference dual meet championship in his first season (2018-19). He has compiled a 15-5 conference dual meet record in three seasons and has had 11 national qualifiers.
Ruschell, a Kentucky native, was a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier at Wisconsin. He was a member of the U.S. National Team (2014) and won a gold medal at the 2017 Pan American Championships.
MatBoss recently caught up with Ruschell and talked to him about UTC wrestling, Tim Johnson, Barry Davis, SoCon and more.
Jake Stevenson, a 2007 NAIA national champion and four-time All-American, has guided Morningside's wrestling program to a 77-40 dual meet record in his nine seasons as head coach. He has led the Mustangs to three Great Plains Athletic Conference championships and five conference runner-up finishes. Morningside is consistently ranked among the top-20 NAIA wrestling programs in the nation.
MatBoss talked to Stevenson about this past season, academic excellence, Colton McCrystal, NAIA, expectations for the 2021-22 season and more.
Duke's wrestling program has seen considerable success under the guidance of head coach Glen Lanham. The Blue Devils had consecutive top-25 finishes (2018-2019) and put together a streak of six consecutive years with an All-American (2015-2020).
MatBoss recently caught up with Lanham to discuss this past season, Finesilver family, Jacob Kasper, expectations for this coming season and more.
Dax Charles has spent over 30 years at CSU-Pueblo as a student-athlete and wrestling coach. As a competitor, Charles won a national championship at CSU-Pueblo (then University of Southern Colorado) in 1992 and earned All-America honors three times. He was inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 and the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Charles became CSU-Pueblo's head wrestling coach in 2008 after the program was reestablished. He has taken the program to great heights, finishing in the top-25 at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships several times, including an 11th place finish in 2018. He was named 2017 RMAC Coach of the Year after guiding the ThunderWolves to their seventh RMAC championship.
MatBoss recently caught up with Charles and talked to him about this past season, his competitive career, team expectations and more.