To put it mildly, Purdue University head wrestling coach Tony Ersland is driven.
Coming off an NCAA tournament where his team had three qualifiers with no all-Americans and a 50th place finish, the results aren’t anything to brag about.
But the Humboldt native, who completed his third season rebuilding the Boilermaker program, says it is all part of process and he is excited about the program’s future as he brings in strong recruiting classes.
“Incremental growth is how I would describe our past season. There was progress,” Ersland said of his team that went 9-7 overall in duals, including a 3-6 Big Ten Conference record.
“All season long you set your sights on being on the podium at nationals. You strive for national titles and being all-Americans. We didn’t have any of those, but I see incremental progress,” Ersland said.