GR Catholic Central teammates get a firm grasp on their collegiate plans at PurdueWrestling  |
Grand Rapids – Devin Schroder and Nate Limmex have been two key components in helping the Grand Rapids Catholic Central wrestling team muscle its way into one of the top teams in Division 3.
Now, both plan to do the same at Purdue University.
Both have committed to continue their wrestling careers in the Big Ten Conference for the Boilermakers.
Schroder, a junior 119-pounder, recently made a verbal commitment to Purdue coach Tony Ersland, while Limmex, a senior 140-pounder, already has signed on to compete for the Boilermakers.
Each had similar answers in why they picked Purdue.
“The staff has been incredible,” said Schroder, who also was recruited by Old Dominion, Cornell, Penn State, Central Michigan and Indiana. “They have only been there for a year and you can already see what they have done and what they have produced. The same crew they had last year is doing way better this year.
“Sometimes, when you meet people, you know there is something special about them. I could definitely tell that coach Ersland, coach (Zach Tanelli) and coach (Tyrell Todd) have something special going at Purdue,” he added.
Limmex made the same collegiate choice for similar reasons.
“I felt I was a good fit with the coaches. They are very motivated to help their guys out, and I feel they are going to help me accomplish my goals," he said of picking Purdue over Lehigh. "And, academically, they have a great engineering program, and that's what I want to get into.”
In fact, both Limmex and Schroder plan to pursue engineering degrees.
Aside from a full academic load, Schroder and Limmex hope to help Purdue continue their ascent in NCAA Division I wrestling.
In just one year, the Purdue staff has made the Boilermakers respectable in the rugged Big Ten.
Heading into the week, the Boilermakers had an 8-8 overall record, although just 1-6 in the Big Ten. In those eight wins, three have come against ranked teams, including No. 18 Northern Iowa, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 20 Tennessee-Chattanooga.
What the Purdue staff gets in Schroder and Limmex is a pair of wrestlers who've been spectacular on the mat during the past two years. Both won a pair of individual state championships, and led the Cougars to the team finals in Battle Creek last year.
And both have succeeded on the national level, winning championships at the prestigious Flonationals National Tournament in Pennsylvania.
“I am very excited to hear that Devin is coming down with me,” Limmex said. “I am real comfortable with the guys down there, but having someone who I have teamed with these past few years in high school will make it an even easier transition down there.”
Schroder still has another year of high school wrestling after this season. He also sees a bright future unfolding for himself at Purdue, which is why he made his college choice early.
“I wouldn't have committed if I wasn't 100 percent sure of my decision,” Schroder said. “They made it easy on me. They showed a lot of interest. They have invested a lot in me, and I can trust them, and they know they can trust me. They have something special there, and I knew in my mind that I wanted to go there.”
Schroder and Limmex aren't the only wrestlers from Michigan the Purdue staff has signed. St. Johns senior Angus Arthur also has signed on to wrestle and play football for the Boilermakers.
Arthur, a state champion, surprisingly sat out his senior season of wrestling to get ready for the rigors of both playing football and wrestling at the highest level in college.
Schroder and Limmex are continuing on the prep stage, with both attempting to win their third individual titles early next month and hoping to muscle the Cougars back to the team finals.