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Matt Ramos and Parker Filius both became All-Americans at the NCAA Championships over the weekend. This is the first time since 2006 that Purdue has had two All-Americans — top-eight national finishers — in the same season.

Purdue wrestling finished ninth overall out of 14 teams at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships over the weekend as the only participating team not ranked in the top 25 of college wrestling this season.

Purdue and Maryland entered Friday’s match as the only teams in the Big Ten yet to pick up a conference win this season.

Purdue wrestling faced its first Big Ten opponent of the season against No. 2 Iowa on Sunday and suffered a 31-point loss to the Hawkeyes.

Purdue Wrestling’s Matt Ramos won the 125-pound division this week at the 2023 Southern Scuffle in McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Purdue wrestling will host Rider in its first home meet of the season this Sunday.

Heading into the meet, head coach Tony Ersland is hoping to see the younger athletes show more urgency in their matches.

“I do want to see the younger guys wrestle with more of a sense of urgency, like pushing the pace more,” Ersland said. “More scoring points, that’s what you hope to see in that progression.”

Freshman Jacob Macatangay reached the finals in his Boilermaker debut at the Clarion Open, sharing the title with teammate Dustin Norris. Macatangay defeated the No. 1 and No. 33 seed in the bracket on his way to winning the 133-pound title.

Ersland was impressed by the way Macatangay continued to get better as the tournament went on in his college debut.

“(Macatangay) really impressed me because he saw good competition right away and found a way to win,” Ersland said. “He just got more and more dominant as the tournament went on.”

Freshman Nate Camiscioli also dominated in his first matches as a Boilermaker, reaching the finals and sharing the 157-pound title with teammate Kendall Coleman. Camiscioli had three decision victories to make it to the finals.

The season opening tournament provided an opportunity for the Boilers making their debuts to face ranked challenges early in the season, with multiple ranked opponents filling the bracket.

“I was happy to see both of those guys just unfazed by any quality opponent they had to face,” Ersland said.

Freshman Brody Baumann lost in the quarterfinals, but fought his way back in the consolation bracket to finish fifth place at 174-pounds.

Ersland liked what he saw from the freshmen in their college debuts, but hopes to see more improvement as the season progresses.

“I saw a lot of good things and I’m encouraged, but we still have a lot of things we can work on,” Ersland said.

Ersland believes the team is in a good place heading into the matchup against Rider on Sunday.

“We can still be a lot better yet, but we are still finding ways to get good wins so I’m encouraged,” Ersland said.

The wrestling team competes this Sunday in Holloway Gymnasium for its home-opener at noon. The meet can be streamed on Big Ten Plus.