​Came to Purdue to wrestle, but experienced much more than Athletics


Name: Jonathan Morales

Hometown: Kirklin, IN

High school: Western Boone Jr/Sr High School

Major & Concentration: Double major with Agricultural Systems Management & Ag Economics and a minor in Farm Management

Why did you come to Purdue: I came to Purdue because of the great Ag program and also to continue my wrestling career.

Favorite Purdue tradition: My favorite Purdue tradition is going to the football games with friends and family


Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Tony Ersland: my head wrestling coach
  2. Tyrel Todd: Assistant wrestling coach (pictured with Jon, above)
  3. Marty Dittmar: FCA pastor

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Amazing
  • Prideful
  • Exciting
  • Emotional
  • Rigorous 

Top highlights of your career:

  • Being a part of the Purdue wrestling team
  • Beating IU every year I was here in wrestling
  • Beating Ohio State in football this year
  • Seeing Mackey arena completely packed almost every time there is a game  

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I wish I would have been involved in the Purdue Bass fishing club because I really enjoy fishing

Places you have been as a Purdue student: I have been a lot of places for competitions such as all around the Midwest and east coast.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: I would do BCM: building construction management. 

Favorite club/organization: Aside from being on the wrestling team I enjoyed being involved with FCA

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Bible Studies in FCA


Favorite Purdue event: Purdue vs Ohio State game in football and winning

Favorite place to study: I liked to study at the old ABE building but since it is being rebuilt I enjoy going to Lily 2400

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: I was most likely to be found in the wrestling room

Favorite spot on campus: The statue by Ross-Ade

Favorite thing about AGEC: Building good friendships in my AGEC classes and learning about markets. 

Favorite class: ASM 422

Favorite professor: Dr. Dan Ess 

Coolest project: Working on my capstone currently with surface temperature reading of grain, and it has been the coolest project I have been involved with. 

Biggest accomplishments:

  1. Big ten academic honors
  2. Keeping above a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Graduating with 2 majors and 1 minor 

Things on your resume not listed above: I have my remote pilots license; I have my CDL; I am fluent in two languages

Three words to describe you:

  • Perseverant
  • Dedicated
  • Hardworking

What are you passionate for: I am passionate for wrestling and farming

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: I am intrigued by the fact that the ag industry can feed so many people throughout the world, it's amazing to me. 

What motivates you: I am motivated by trying to be a better version of myself every single day. 

Favorite quote: "You reap what you sow" Galatians 6:7

Personal Motto: Where there is a will there's a way 

Accepted employment: I have accepted a job with Terra Drive Systems in Brookston, IN as a National Account Manager

Where do you want to end up: I want to end up with a cattle ranch of my own by the age of 45. 

Advice for underclassman: Never quit trying to learn and push yourself each day to a new potential because it is the only way to keep growing

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Don't take your time for granted because it goes by really fast.


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