2017 SIGNING CLASS #AlwaysAggressive

"We’ve got a group of young men that really, really want to be a part of this team and have embraced what we’re doing. They believe in what we are doing here at Purdue, where we are taking this program, what the expectations and goals are.

"They are a group that is very much excited about the opportunity to compete for Big Ten and national championships. They embrace those expectations and the work ethic that is going to be needed to reach those goals." - Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • No. 15 at 182 by FloWrestling (4/16)
  • No. 68 overall recruit by FloWrestling (5/4)
  • No. 6 at 182 by WIN Magazine (January)
  • No. 51 overall recruit by InterMat (4/21)

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 165-2 (.988)

  • 2016-17: Did not compete due to injury
  • 2015-16 (182): 56-0
  • 2014-15 (170): 55-1
  • 2013-14 (152): 54-1

Anthony is a two-time NHSCA champion, winning the 170-pound title as a junior and the 160-pound title as a sophomore. As a freshman he placed fourth at 152 pounds.

He added to his All-America list with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds at the 2016 ASICS/Vaughan Junior Freestyle National Championships. The year prior at the ASICS/Vaughan Cadet Freestyle National Championships, Anthony was fifth at 170.

His collection also includes hardware from the Super 32 Challenge and a pair of podium finishes at the Journeyman Classic.

Wrestling at Newtown High School, Anthony became a three-time Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL champion (2016: 182; 2015: 170; 2014: 152) and a three-time CIAC Open champion (2016: 182; 2015: 170; 2014: 152).

His team won the 2015 CIAC Open Championship and captured back-to-back CIAC Class LL team titles in 2015 and 2014.

"I felt so comfortable during my visit to Purdue. The coaches were so welcoming and knowledgeable. The team seems very happy there and seemed like they are really working toward their goals. The campus is beautiful – not too small and not too big. Everyone I met with was so enthusiastic about Purdue. During my visits to different universities, I asked myself if I would be happy there if I couldn’t wrestle. Purdue was it!" - Anthony Falbo on why he chose Purdue

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • No. 7 at 145 by FloWrestling (4/16)
  • No. 47 overall recruit by FloWrestling (5/4)
  • No. 23 at 152 by WIN Magazine (January)
  • No. 8 at 145 by InterMat (3/22)
  • No. 60 overall recruit by InterMat (1/30)

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 169-13 (.929)

  • 2016-17 (145): 40-0
  • 2015-16 (152): 51-4
  • 2014-15 (145): 36-4
  • 2013-14 (138): 42-5

Parker capped off his high school career by becoming the first four-time Montana High School Association Class A champion in Havre history, while the Blue Ponies won their fifth straight team title.

He pinned his way to the 145-pound titles in 2017 and 2015 and the 138-pound title as a freshman in 2014. A 20-5 technical fall in a mere 3:42 earned him the 152-pound championship as a junior.

In four MHSA tournaments, Parker totaled 11 pins, four tech falls and one major decision. He only wrestled 31:39 of a possible 96:00 in 16 state tournament matches, with the major decision as his only full match wrestled. The second-longest match was a 16-1 tech fall in 3:49.

In early April he became a national champion, taking top honors at 138 pounds at the USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National Championships.

Parker Filius (right) with fellow Class of 2017 member Max Lyon (left). Both won national titles at the USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National Championships in April 2017.

Parker is a two-time ASICS/Vaughan Junior Freestyle All-American at 138 pounds and placed fifth at the NHSCA Junior Tournament in 2015.

"I’ve been very impressed as I watch Parker compete. He’s a hard-nosed kid, he believes in doing the work and knows that will reflect in his performances. Those are my kind of kids, kids that are no-nonsense, they’re very serious about the sport and they have high goals and that’s certainly what Parker is about." - Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • No. 13 at 182 by FloWrestling (3/28)
  • No. 66 overall recruit by FloWrestling (5/4)
  • No. 12 at 182 by WIN Magazine (January)
  • No. 13 at 182 by InterMat (3/22)
  • No. 54 overall recruit by InterMat (4/21)

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 187-8 (.959)

  • 2016-17 (182): 52-0
  • 2015-16 (182): 51-0
  • 2014-15 (170): 47-2
  • 2013-14 (170): 37-6

Max won 103 consecutive matches during back-to-back championship seasons at 182 pounds, becoming the first two-time champ for Western Dubuque High School. During his title runs in 2016 and 2017 he combined to outscore his Iowa High School Athletic Association class 3A state tournament opponents 63-3. Five of his 12 wins during that time were by fall and he did not surrender a takedown.

When he won his first title as a junior, he spent just 7:05 on the mat in four matches, highlighted by a 1:04 stick in the finals. That season he only wrestled three full 6:00 matches, pinning 41 of his 51 opponents.

As a sophomore he was the 170-pound IHSAA runner-up and he placed fourth at 170 as a freshman.

In 2016, the Des Moines Register named Max to its High School Elite All-Iowa wrestling team. As a senior he was the 182-pound selection to the All-Class 3A team.

Max Lyon (left) with fellow Class of 2017 member Parker Filius (right). Both won national titles at the USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National Championships in April.

The third time was a charm for Max at the Cliff Keen USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals. After finishing as the 182-pound runner-up in 2015 and 2016, Max won it all in 2017.

"I was sold on the academics right away. Purdue has everything I need to excel as a student. On a wrestling standpoint, the team is focused and made up of great people that are going to make some noise in the wrestling world. I could see good things are going to happen for this group and that is something I wanted to be a part of." - Max Lyon on why he chose Purdue

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 155-30 (.838)

  • 2016-17 (182): 41-2
  • 2015-16 (170): 43-4
  • 2014-15 (170): 37-10
  • 2013-14 (160): 34-14

Jared is a three-time ASICS/Vaughan Cadet All-American, twice in Greco-Roman and once in freestyle. His Greco-Roman honors came in 2014 and 2015 at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively. He landed on the 182-pound freestyle podium in 2015 by placing sixth.

Jared wrestled at 182 pounds for Minnesota Blue team at 2016 Junior National Freestyle Duals.

Wrestling at Totino-Grace High School, Jared brought home the 2017 Minnesota State High School League Division AA 182-pound title, winning two of his four tournament matches by fall.

In February, The Guillotine had Jared listed as the No. 2 Minnesota wrestler at 182 pounds.

He was fourth at 170 at the MSHSL tournament as a junior after a runner-up finish as a sophomore. Jared also qualified as a freshman at 160.

"Jared saw an opportunity. He sees a Big Ten institution with coaches in his weight class where he can have success and be challenged in the way that he wants to. With him it’s also about academics, which was important for him. Overall it’s a great fit for this young man. We’re excited because he believes in what we’re doing and he wants to come and be a part of it." - Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 159-18 (.887)

  • 2016-17 (126): 39-1
  • 2015-16 (113): 44-3
  • 2014-15 (113): 40-5
  • 2013-14 (106): 36-9

Alec, the 2017 Indiana High School Athletic Association 126-pound champion, captured his first state title in the most dominating way possible with a fall in 3:32. The pin was also the 90th of his career.

Alec's title run began by knocking off the two-time defending state champion with a 5-3 decision in the first round.

Alec finished his high school career as a three-time IHSAA placewinner, all at different weight classes. As a junior he took sixth at 113 pounds and at 106 pounds as a freshman he finished fourth.

"What sold me on becoming a Boilermaker was the culture of the program. Over the last few years, the program has improved a ton and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. The team is full of great guys and the coaches are amazing." - Alec White on why he chose Purdue

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 128-39 (.776)

  • 2016-17 (132): 30-4
  • 2015-16 (120): 23-7
  • 2014-15 (113): 45-8
  • 2013-14 (106): 30-20

Abdullah's senior campaign saw him win the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational and go on to finish as the Illinois High School Association class 3A runner-up at 132 pounds. His high school team, Lockport Township, won the 2017 IHSA class 3A State Dual Team championship.

As a junior wrestling at 120 pounds, Abdullah placed fifth at the IHSA tournament. He was third at 113 pounds as a sophomore.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 198-35 (.850)

  • 2016-17 (120): 59-2
  • 2015-16 (113): 61-5
  • 2014-15 (106): 45-11
  • 2013-14 (106): 33-17

Marshall is a three-time Florida High School Athletic Association class 3A qualifier and two-time placewinner. He closed out his high school career by placing second at 120 pounds. He took third at 113 pounds as a junior.

The two-time team captain had 112 career pins, accounting for 57 percent of his wins.

Marshall was named the Most Outstanding Lightweight at 2017 Coach Kelly Memorial Hurricane Team Challenge. He also wrestled for Team Florida at 120 pounds at 2016 Junior National Freestyle Duals.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 155-22 (.876)

  • 2016-17 (120): 49-2
  • 2015-16 (113): 43-7
  • 2014-15 (106): 36-6
  • 2013-14 (145): 27-7

As a senior, Tanner made history at North Montgomery High School. His runner-up finish at 170 pounds during the Indiana High School Athletic Association Tournament became the highest in school history. He also set the record for career wins with 155.

Tanner was named the 2017 wrestler of the year by The Paper of Montgomery County and co-wrestler of the year by the Crawfordsville Journal Review.

Tanner also has a sixth-place IHSAA finish to his credit, doing so at 170 pounds as a junior in 2016.

Tanner is no stranger to Purdue. His grandfather, grandmother, father, three uncles, two aunts and a cousin have all graduated from Purdue, plus he will be joining another cousin that is currently enrolled.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 92-51 (.643)

  • 2016-17 (132): 38-11
  • 2015-16 (120): 26-10
  • 2014-15 (113): 18-15
  • 2013-14 (106): 10-15

As a senior, Jack qualified for the Southern Section Masters (132) and was a Los Angeles Daily News first team 132-pound selection. He also earned his third Tri-County All-Star Team nod.

In 2015 he was fourth at 113 pounds at the California High School Folkstyle Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 147-21 (.875)

  • 2016-17 (195): 42-3
  • 2015-16 (182): 41-4
  • 2014-15 (182): 40-5
  • 2013-14 (182): 24-9

David is a three-time Indiana High School Athletic Association placewinner (2017: 7th, 195; 2016: 5th, 182; 2015: 7th, 182). As a senior, 37 of the Elkhart Memorial team captain and MVP's 42 wins were by fall. IndianaMat.com had him listed fourth at 195 pounds to end the season.

He is also a two-time Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State honorable mention.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD: 141-14 (.910)

  • 2016-17 (160): 34-3
  • 2015-16 (160): 41-3
  • 2014-15 (152): 34-7
  • 2013-14 (132): 32-1

Laine was the 2017 Athenian Invitational 160-pound champion. He finished his high school career ranked No. 3 at 160 by IndianaMat.com. As a junior, he was eighth at 160 pounds at the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament.

He is a two-time Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State honorable mention.

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