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    Former Purdue wrestler Nelsen added to UIndy staff

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Purdue University graduate Brandon Nelsen will join the UIndy Wrestling team for the 2015-16 season, coming on as a graduate assistant under six-year Head Coach Jason Warthan.

    "We are excited to add Brandon to our staff," Warthan said. "Brandon's talent and experience in the sport will bring a lot to our room. Him also being a local guy will bring a lot to our recruiting with his knowledge of Indiana wrestling."

    Nelsen wrestled four years as a Boilermaker, amassing a record of 84-55. He was a two-time Division I National Qualifier, and placed three times in his career at the B1G championships. The Indianapolis-native closed out his career in fourth on Purdue's career reversals list with 45, sixth all-time in career falls with 30, 17th all-time in career back points with 124 and was the 25th three-time B1G placewinner in program history. He was also an All-American at University Nationals during his career.

    As a redshirt freshman wrestling 141, Nelsen placed eighth at the B1G Championships. He followed that up with a fourth place finish at the B1Gs as a sophomore, also qualifying for Nationals. After bumping up to 149 for his final two seasons, Nelsen placed seventh at the B1G Championships as a redshirt senior, and again made the trip to Nationals.

    The Lawrence North graduate holds a degree in Law and Society from Purdue, and will pursue a master's degree in Leadership and Strategic Design from UIndy. He was an Indiana state champion at 119 as a senior in high school, and finished third at the state tournament as a junior and sophomore and fourth as a freshman.

    "Brandon has competed at the highest levels within our sport," Warthan said. "This wealth of experience will translate well into his new role on our staff."

    Nelsen joins former Greyhound Alex Johns and Assistant AD Bob Brubeck on Warthan's staff.

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