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Always Aggressive - Purdue Wrestling Podcast


Coach Tony Ersland and friends talk about the Boilermakers and the world of college wrestling.


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Coach Tony Ersland and friends talk about the Boilermakers and the world of college wrestling.




Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 8

Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to discuss the results from the team's Big Ten opening dual with #14 Rutgers before previewing this weekend's road trip to #2 Iowa and #3 Nebraska. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 7

Head Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to recap the Boilers’ 50-6 Dual win over Lindenwood as well as action at Midlands before previewing Sunday’s matchup against Rutgers at Holloway Gym. #BoilerUp #AlwaysAggressive


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 6

Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to break down the results from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and what it means, at this point in the season, for his team. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 5

Coach Tony Ersland and Tanner Lipsett join host Cory Palm from Las Vegas, where the Boilermakers are preparing for this weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The guys preview that event and take a look back at the Boilermaker Duals and a great performance by Matt Ramos at the NWCA All-Star Classic. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 4

Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to discuss the first two weeks of the 2023-24 season and preview this weekend's home openers against UIndy and NIU.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 3

Head Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to talk about the 2024 Big Ten Dual season schedule release as well as next week's official start of the 2023-24 season. The guys also discuss an upcoming team retreat and the importance of cultivating the right culture around the program. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 2

Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to talk about the fall training schedule, the 2023 World Championships and the state of college athletics in the aftermath of Deion Sanders' success at Colorado. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 5, Episode 1



Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 11

Coach Tony Ersland joins hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett to preview U-20 Nationals, talk potential rules changes and give a recruiting update.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 10

The Always Aggressive crew returns for the first podcast of the offseason recapping an incredible tournament run for Purdue at the 2023 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Okla. An exclamation point on an incredible year. Head coach Tony Ersland talks about bringing home two All-Americans, the program's first national placewinners since 2013, and all that the Boilermakers were able to accomplish in Tulsa. The usual podcast trio breakdown the tournament runs for the four Purdue wrestlers, all of whom came away with at least one win. The bulk of the conversation centered around the two podium climbers, Matt Ramos and Parker Filius. Ersland spoke to the work ethic and longevity of Filius, who earned his All-American honors in his sixth and final year with the program. After breaking down Filius' impact, the guys talked about the incredible run to the national finals for Ramos. The cardiac kid put together an incredibly entertaining tournament on his way to becoming the 13th finalist in program history. Finally, Ersland and company wrap up with a discussion of the different conversations they've had with fans and strangers alike in the days since the tournament ended.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 9

Coach Tony Ersland recaps Big Ten's and previews this week's trip to Tulsa, Okla., for NCAA Championships. #BoilerUp


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 8

The Always Aggressive crew is back for a postseason episode of the show to recap the dual season and preview this weekend's Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. Head coach Tony Ersland is joined by supervisor of wrestling operations Tanner Lipsett and director of broadcast services Cory Palm to bounce around on a number of topics inlcuding how Ersland is coaching his young guys and their mentality, Big Ten tournament seeding questions and the national hot button topic of rest and load management. In addition to a breakdown of the Purdue entrant at each weight class, the guys wrapped up the pod with an update on how all of the future Boilers are faring in their final runs through their state tournaments.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 7

The Always Aggressive crew is back with another episode as the team prepares for a big weekend hosting the Boilermaker Duals. Head coach Tony Ersland recappped the dual with Rider and what lessons the team can learn in the face of adversity. Among the good news is that Esland's squad won't have to wait long for a chance to bounce back as they take on Cleveland State, Chattanooga and Northern Illinois on Sunday morning. The crew breaks down what to expect and what familiar faces we will see roaming the opposing bench. They wrap up the podcast with some recruiting talk as the big haul from from last week's signing day might not be the end of the good news for Boilermaker wrestling fans. "The future for this group is getting brighter and brighter," Ersland said of this class and those to come. Exciting things on the horizon for Purdue wrestling.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 6

It is a busy week for the Purdue Wrestling crew with the Clarion Open last Sunday, National Signing Day on Wednesday, and the home opener against Rider coming up next Sunday and we break it all down. The Boilermakers brought home six championships, a first place team finish, seven finalists and twelve placewinners from their trip to the Clarion Open over the weekend. No. 10 Matt Ramos and No. 12 Parker Filius won their titles outright, while the duos of Dustin Norris and Jacob Macatangay and No. 14 Kendall Coleman and Nate Camiscioli shared their titles with each other once they reached the finals. Six more Boilermakers made the podium to give head coach Tony Ersland's team 240 team points, good for first place and 41 more than second place. One of the most exciting days of the year is upon us as National Signing Day is finally here. Head coach Tony Ersland announced the 2023 Purdue wrestling signing class on Wednesday, inking five new Boilermakers to national letters of intent. He welcomes Joey Blaze, Greyson Clark, Ashton Jackson, Delaney Ruhlman and Cole Solomey to the Boilermaker family to make up what will surely be Ersland's sixth top-25 recruiting class. Read More: 2023 Purdue Wrestling Signing Class Blaze, Clark, Jackson and Solomey join the show to talk about their commitments and why they chose Purdue. Boilermaker fans will love hearing what stood out about this program and why these highly ranked young men chose to come to Purdue. Ersland and crew wrap up by talking about building the Purdue wrestling culture, national perception of this class and a preview of the upcoming dual with Rider.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 5

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Wrestling crew is here with another Always Aggressive podcast as we sit on the cusp of Wrestle-Offs and subsequently the start of the competitive season for the Boilermakers. Head coach Tony Ersland is joined by Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm to talk all things Boilermaker wrestling with Wrestle-Offs set for Friday at 6 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium. The matches will be streamed on BTN+ and that led the crew into a discussion about the two other appearances the team will be making on the Big Ten Network. Coach Ersland would then dive right in to a disection of how his team is progressing with two weeks of official practice under their belt. He gives shout outs to a couple of the guys who have been working especially hard and breaks down what he's looking for in the men as they continue to progress. The crew follows that up by previewing the upcoming Wrestle-Offs and who they are most looking forward to seeing take the mat. The guys wrap the podcast with a teaser for exciting things to come in the world of recruiting for the Boilermakers with multiple good, young prospects ready to be added to the fold on National Early Signing Day on Dec. 21, 2022.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 4

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling crew is back for season four episode four of the Always Aggressive podcast. A new member joins the ranks alongside head coach Tony Ersland and company to talk all things Boilermaker wrestling with wrestle offs just one month away. Coach Ersland breaks down what stood out to him from the 2022 World Wrestling Championships that concluded last week, including his thoughts on the women's team and what Jordan Burroughs was able to accomplish. The Big Ten schedule breakdown came next as the guys talked through the road ahead of the Boilermakers in the conference this season. Home duals against Iowa (Jan. 8), Indiana (Jan. 28), Nebraska (Feb. 5) and Northwestern (Feb. 12) and away matches with Illinois (Jan. 14), Wisconsin (Jan. 20), Minnesota (Jan. 22) and Maryland (Feb. 10) make for a balanced and very interesting schedule for Purdue. FloWrestling and Intermat released their preseason rankings earlier this week as well and the guys dive in to where our Boilermakers stack up and where there are opportunities for growth. The youth of this team provides plenty of chances for new faces to stake their claim on a significant role this season. 0:00 – New Member of the Crew 7:08 – World Championships 14:00 – Big Ten Schedule 26:12 – Pre-Season Rankings


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 3

Purdue wrestling is gearing up for another big season on the mat and the on the recruiting trail. The crew gets together again to discuss all of that and more on another episode of the Always Aggressive podcast. Head coach Tony Ersland starts off by discussing how excited the team is to be back on campus, back in school and back in the wrestling room. A host of new faces join the Boilermaker veterans as the team awaits the release of the Big Ten schedule. The guys talk recruiting as Ersland and his staff continue to bring some great kids and their families to campus to show off what the program and Purdue are all about. They wrap up the podcast with a host of topics from around the college football world including college football buyouts, how Purdue wrestling is being affected by NIL and how the transfer portal is changing things throughout college athletics. Sports' most pressing topics through the Boilermaker lens.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 2

Purdue wrestling announced several staff changes and additions Tuesday, and following that release the Always Aggressive Podcast was lucky enough to welcome new volunteer assistant coach LeRoy Gardner to the show. In addition to head coach Tony Ersland’s thoughts and impressions on Gardner, the Golden Valley, Minnesota native takes us through his wrestling journey and how he came to accept his new position with the Boilermakers. A three-time All-America honoree and 2004 NCAA Division III Champion, Gardner has spent the last six seasons as the head coach at the University of the Ozarks. The return of college football and several other fall sports to the Purdue campus make for an exciting weekend in West Lafayette, and the guys talk about the different events coming this week. 0:00 – New Staff Additions 5:30 – Introducing Coach Gardner 14:45 – Ersland on Gardner 24:15 – Naval Influence at Purdue 30:00 – College Football is Back 33:18 – Best Team Ever?


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 4, Episode 1

Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland and his staff kick off Season 4 of the Always Aggressive Podcast this week, recapping the summer, introducing some new Boilermakers and taking a look at the 2022-23 non-conference schedule. The Boilermakers spent a good chunk of the summer on campus, getting in some training cycles around the U20 and U23 U.S. World Team Trials, hosting camps and settling the team newcomers in West Lafayette. Five of the program’s seven first years were able to start their college experience and get a feel for what the team culture is like. Announced a couple weeks ago, the Boilermakers 2022-23 non-conference schedule offers several opportunities to see Purdue compete at home, and introduced a few new tournaments to the schedule. Ersland is excited at the prospect of introducing his young team to the home fans and give them a chance to see the team a few times before heading out on to the road for conference action. Ersland and his staff also continue to prepare for on-campus recruiting season, set to welcome several of the nation’s finest high school standouts for official visits this fall. Things get going next week in conjunction with Purdue Football’s season opener against Penn State, set for 8 pm on Thursday, September 1 at Ross-Ade Stadium.


Always Aggressive Podcast | Season 3, Episode 21

The Purdue wrestling team has had an eventful summer so far, and head coach Tony Ersland welcomed assistant coach Leroy Vega to the Always Aggressive Podcast to talk all things freestyle and summer competition. The Boilermakers crowned a U.S. Open champion at the end of April as rising sophomore Matt Ramos captured the senior 57 kg crown, while freshman Hayden Copass earned a bid to the U20 World Team Trials in June. The show opens with the guys honoring the team’s 2022 graduates as Nate Cummings, Max Lyon, Ethan Smiley and Alec White earned their bachelor’s degree last weekend. The U.S. Open was held April 29-30 in Las Vegas, where Ramos topped the field at 57 kg, becoming Ersland’s first Open champion in his Purdue tenure. He went 4-0 at the tournament, facing and defeating his best friend, Anthony Moulton of Campbell, in the finals. The tournament win earned Ramos the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Senior World Team Trial Challenge Tournament, set for this weekend, Mat 21-22, at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The winner of this weekend’s tournament advances to Final X to face reigning world team member Thomas Gilman, while the top-two finishers join Gilman on the 2022 U.S. National Team. Copass took fifth in the U20 division of the U.S. Open at 125 kg, earning a bid to the U.S. U20 World Team Trials in Geneva, Ohio in June. He was one of four Boilermakers to advance to the championship quarterfinals, leading classmates Stoney Buell, Ben Vanadia and Hayden Filipovich. 0:00 – Honoring Our Graduates 4:10 – U.S. Open in Review 6:30 – Ramos Interview Skills 11:00 – Semifinal Madness 17:05 – Friendly Foe in the Finals 21:15 – Weight Management 25:35 – Vega’s Experience 33:25 – Young Bucks’ U.S. Open Success