Preston Quam (H.M. @ 189) Signs with Purdue
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The Purdue wrestling team added a pair of standout wrestlers to its 2011 recruiting class last week inking University of North Carolina-Greensboro transfer Ivan Lopouchanski and 189-pound California native Preston Quam (H.M. @ 189). The two improve an already outstanding Class of 2011 and push the Boilermakers? recruiting total to eight.
Quam comes to Purdue from San Clemente, Calif., where he was a two-time California State High School placewinner for San Clemente High School. With just two years of wrestling experience under his belt, Quam has an extensive background in judo and martial arts. He has competed internationally in judo for several years, including the USA Judo Junior Olympics and the 2009 California State Games, where he was named Athlete of the Year.
In his first year of wrestling competition he claimed fifth at the California High School State Championships, marking the third-best finish in the history of San Clemente High School. He was even more outstanding in his senior campaign placing fifth at the Walsh Ironman National Tournament in Ohio (called one of the toughest high school tournaments in the nation), winning five tournaments in California, and placing second at the state championships at 189 pounds. En route to the state silver medal he topped 12th-ranked Lucas Sheridan, who is committed to attend archrival Indiana, before falling to nationally top-ranked Penn State-commit Morgan McIntosh (No. 1 @ 189) in the finals.
?We honestly have no idea how amazing Preston could be,? said Hinkel. ?To see the success he?s already achieved in just two years of wrestling illustrates how much potential there is for him to become a truly elite wrestler. We?re extremely excited to have him in our room as we are looking forward to not only the things we can teach him, but also the things he can teach us with his judo and martial arts background.?
Quam is projected to compete at 184 or 197 pounds for the Boilermakers next season. Lopouchanski and Quam join Indiana natives Drake Stein (H.M. @ 171), Doug (H.M. @ 152) and Chad Welch (H.M. @ 160) and Luke Schroeder, Illinois signee Danny Sabatello (No. 8 @ 125) and Rusty Maness (H.M. @ 130) from West Virginia.
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