A one-time Boilermaker is now a Blue Devil.
It’s a reunion of sorts for Patascil and Blue Devils head coach Glen Lanham, who took the helm at Duke in April 2012.
“We’re extremely excited to have Jake on board with his wrestling experience and his Big Ten Conference success,” said Lanham. “I had the opportunity to coach Jake at Purdue and am thrilled to now have him as a part of our staff.”
A 2009 graduate of the Big Ten school in West Lafayette, Ind., Patascil was a three-year starter, three-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships qualifier, three-year team captain, and was named Purdue Outstanding Wrestler three times. The 149-pounder from Sunrise, Fla. also earned All-American honors at the 2009 NCAAs. Patascil was also bestowed with special honors, including the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as well as becoming the first wrestler to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor, an award given to a male and female athlete at each Big Ten school for excellence in athletics and academics.
In addition to these distinctions, Patascil’s mat career was equally impressive, strictly going by the numbers. He currently ranks third in Boilermaker history in career wins with 120, while his .745 win percentage is 12th all-time. He holds the top three single-season marks for back points in Purdue history and his 803 overall for his career is 412 more than the next closest wrestler. He completed his Purdue mat career with an overall record of 120-41 with 25 falls and 51 reversals.
Since graduating from Purdue, Patascil has gained coaching experience on the staffs at both Central College and Notre Dame College of Ohio in recent years. At Central, he helped coach the Dutch to its first national qualifier in seven years, while Notre Dame posted an 8-1 record this past season with Patascil on board.
Jake Patacsil comes from a strong wrestling heritage. His father, Frank, and uncle, Ted, are former Purdue wrestlers and his grandfather, Joe Patacsil, was a 1950 NCAA champion for the Boilermakers.
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