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Aaron Brooks (wrestler)

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Aaron Brooks
Personal information
Full nameAaron Marquel Brooks
NationalityAmerican
BornHagerstown, Maryland, U.S
Weight184 lb (83 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle and folkstyle
College teamNittany Lions
ClubNittany Lion Wrestling Club
Coached byCael Sanderson

Aaron Marquel Brooks (19–20 years old) is an American freestyle and folkstyle wrestler. In freestyle, is an age-group World Champion and two-time finalist. As a folkstyle wrestler, Brooks is an NCAA Division I All-American and a B1G Conference champion out of Penn State University and a four-time NHSCA National champion and four-time MPPSSAA title holder as a high schooler. As of May 16, 2020, he is ranked #5 in the NCAA 184-pounds rankings.[1]

Folkstyle career

High School

Brooks was born in Hagerstown, Maryland and attended North Hagerstown High School.[2] As a freshman (14'-15'), he won his first MPSSAA title and also won the NHSCA Freshman National championship, both at 126 pounds.[3][4] As a sophomore (15'-16'), he bumped up to 138 pounds and repeated last year's results as he became a two-time Maryland state champion and won the NHSCA Sophomore National championship.[5][6] As a junior (16'-17'), he once again bulked up now to 152 pounds and became a three-time state and national champion.[7] As a senior (17'-18'), he became just the seventh wrestler to ever win four NHSCA National championships and also the seventh wrestler to win four MPSSAA titles.[8][9] He compiled an overall record of 163 wins and just two losses (45-1, 43-1, 46-0 and 22-0).[2]

College

In early February 2018, Brooks committed to Cael Sanderson and the Penn State Nittany Lions as the number one recruit in the country.[10] After focusing on the freestyle during the 2018-19 season, Brooks arrived to the Pennsylvania State University.[11]

2019-20

Freshman: Brooks started the season as a redshirt athlete at 184 pounds and compiled 3 wins and no losses during a Mat-Town Open title run before getting his redshirt pulled in December and becoming the starter of the team.[12][13] After getting four more convincing victories in different dual meets, Brooks was downed by Nebraska's Taylor Venz in his first and only setback of the season, as he continued to get his hand raised in five more meetings before the regular season's end.[2][14] In the post-season, he competed at the Big Ten Conference championships, where he major'd the Gopher Owen Webster in the opening round and avenged his only collegiate loss to date with a fall over Venz in the next round. In the tournament's final, Brooks took out Michigan State's Cameron Caffey with a 3-2 decision to claim the Conference championship.[15] Brooks was then scheduled to compete at the 2020 NCAA Championships,[16] however, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17] After the season, he earned All-American honors due to his performance through the year and was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[18][19]

Freshman: In October of 2020, the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to winter athletes due to the last season being cut short, this led to Brooks retaining his eligibility as a freshman.[20]

Freestyle career

Cadet & Junior

Brooks excelled in freestyle at the cadet level, winning his first Fargo National title in 2016, as well as the Greco-Roman one.[21] In 2017, he went on to compete at the UWW Cadet Nationals, a qualifier for the Cadet World Championships. After making the finals, Brooks was downed twice by Travis Wittlake, ending as an alternate for the World Team. However, it was then reported that Wittlake had suffered an injury and Brooks replaced him.[22] In between, he once again won Fargo but now in the junior level,[23] At the World Championships, Brooks outscored his opponents by a total of 57 points to 14 and claimed the World title.[22]

In 2018, Brooks competed at the US Open (junior level) in April.[24] He outscored his five opponents 53 points to 7 and claimed the championship.[25] In May, he won the best-of-three for the World Team Trials.[26] At the World Championships, he reached the finals of the tournament with victories by tech fall, points and disqualification. He lost the finale to Hayato Ishiguro in a back-and-forth 10-11 match, claiming the silver medal.[27]

After graduating in 17'-18', Brooks spent the hole 18'-19' season at the US Olympic Training Center, sharpening his freestyle abilities. During 2019, he made his third age-group World Team, winning the US Open and then the WTT, just like last year.[28] Despite high expectations, Brooks went out early in the opening round as he fell 3-5 to Abubakr Abakerov.[29]

Senior

2019

During his time at the OTC, Brooks made his senior level debut on January, at the Dave Schultz Memorial International. He completely dominated both of his matches, pinning Stacey Davis and teching Nate Jackson, a class of 17' collegiate graduate and former two-time NCAA Division I All-American, 13 points to 0.[30]

Brooks came back in December at the US Senior Nationals. After reaching the semifinals of the tournament, he was downed by two-time NCAA Division I champion and eventual winner of the championship Zahid Valencia, 0 points to 6. He then lost his match at the consolation semifinals to graduated Gopher and two-time DI All-American Brett Pfarr. In the fifth place match, he got teched by Samuel Brooks, whom he had defeated earlier in the tournament, placing sixth.[31] He was one place away from qualifying for the US Olympic Trials.[32]

2020

Brooks was scheduled to come back into the freestyle scene against Brett Pfarr on October 20, at the NLWC II.[33] However, Brooks was dropped out of the card of undisclosed reasons and replaced by Jaime Espinal.[34]

Freestyle record

Senior Freestyle Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2019 US Nationals 6th at 86 kg
Loss 5-3 United States Sammy Brooks TF 0-10 December 20–22, 2019 2019 Senior Nationals - US Olympic Trials Qualifier

United States Fort Worth, Texas

Loss 5-2 United States Brett Pfarr 5-5
Loss 5-1 United States Zahid Valencia 0-6
Win 5-0 United States Sammy Brooks 15-9
Win 4-0 United States Max Dean 10-7
Win 3-0 United States Matthew Alejandro TF 10-0
2019 Dave Schultz M. International 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 79 kg
Win 2-0 United States Nate Jackson TF 13-0 January 24–26, 2019 2019 Dave Schultz Memorial International

United States Colorado Springs, Colorado

Win 1-0 United States Stacey Davis Fall

Age-group freestyle record

Junior level

Junior freestyle results
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2019 World Championships 17th at 79kg
Loss 30-3 Azerbaijan Abubakar Abakarov 3-5 August 12–18, 2019 2019 Junior World Wrestling Championships

Estonia Tallinn, Estonia

2019 US World Team Trials 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 79kg
Win 30-2 United States Parker Keckeisen 10-1 May 17–19, 2019 2019 Junior US World Team Trials

United States Raleigh, North Carolina

Win 29-2 United States Parker Keckeisen TF 10-0
2019 US Open 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 79kg
Win 28-2 United States Shane Griffith TF 10-0 April 24–27, 2019 2019 Junior US Open Wrestling Championships

United States Las Vegas, Nevada

Win 27-2 United States Parker Keckeisen TF 10-0
Win 26-2 United States Michael O`Malley 8-2
Win 25-2 United States Tate Battani TF 11-0
Win 24-2 United States Luke Clark TF 10-0
Win 23-2 United States Harlan Steffensmeier TF 14-2
2018 World Championships 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 79kg
Loss 22-2 Japan Hayato Ishiguro 10-11 September 17–23, 2018 2018 Junior World Wrestling Championships

Slovakia Trnava, Slovakia

Win 22-1 Azerbaijan Orkhan Abasov DQ
Win 21-1 Moldova Andrian Grosul 9-4
Win 20-1 Kazakhstan Daniyar Meldebek TF 12-1
2018 US World Team Trials 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 79kg
Win 19-1 United States Michael Labriola 3-3 May 18–20, 2018 2018 Junior US World Team Trials

United States Rochester, Minnesota

Win 18-1 United States Michael Labriola 14-10
2018 US Open 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 79kg
Win 17-1 United States Michael Labriola TF 14-3 April 24–28, 2018 2018 Junior US Open Wrestling Championships

United States Las Vegas, Nevada

Win 16-1 United States Beau Breske 6-2
Win 15-1 United States Joseph Grello TF 10-0
Win 14-1 United States Jake Lanning TF 12-2
Win 13-1 United States Jesse Shearer TF 11-0
2017 USAW Nationals 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 170lbs
Win 12-1 United States Trent Hidlay TF 13-3 July 15–22, 2017 2017 USAW Junior Men's Nationals

United States Fargo, North Dakota

Win 11-1 United States Andrew Berreyesa TF 11-1
Win 10-1 United States Jeremiah Kent 8-6
Win 9-1 United States Jesse Shearer TF 14-4
Win 8-1 United States Parker Keckeisen 8-7
Win 7-1 United States Tyler Jorgensen Wilson TF 10-0
2016 MSWA Path to Fargo 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 166lbs
Win 6-1 United States Salaam Banish 3-1 May 7, 2016 2016 MSWA Path to Fargo Tourney

United States Thurmont, Maryland

Win 5-1 United States Jake Nielson TF 10-0
Win 4-1 United States Alwyn Taylor Fall
Win 3-1 United States Salaam Banish 9-4
2015 MSWA Path to Fargo 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 143lbs
Loss 2-1 United States Ethan Krause 2-7 May 9, 2015 2015 MSWA Path to Fargo Tourney

United States Thurmont, Maryland

Win 2-0 United States Alexander Brown TF 14-3
Win 1-0 United States Cody Matthews TF 18-5

Cadet level

Cadet freestyle results
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2017 World Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 76kg
Win 27-5 Russia Arsamag Khostikoev 13-8 September 4–10, 2017 2017 Cadet World Wrestling Championships

Greece Athens, Greece

Win 26-5 Iran Meysam Enayatollah Zaree TF 12-1
Win 25-5 Ukraine Oleksandr Vyshniak 9-3
Win 24-5 Germany Alex Hoerner TF 11-0
Win 23-5 Georgia (country) Lasha Bairamovi TF 12-2
2017 UWW Nationals 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 76kg
Loss 22-5 United States Travis Wittlake TF 0-10 June 2–4, 2017 2017 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals

United States Akron, Ohio

Loss 22-4 United States Travis Wittlake 2-4
Win 22-3 United States Michael O`Malley 7-2
Win 21-3 United States Zachary Braunagel 4-4
Win 20-3 United States Ryan Hurd Fall
Win 19-3 United States Donald Cuomo 10-8
2016 USAW Nationals 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 160lbs
Win 18-3 United States Julian Ramirez 6-2 July 20–22, 2016 2016 USAW Cadet Men's Nationals

United States Fargo, North Dakota

Win 17-3 United States Jake Hendricks 5-5
Win 16-3 United States Parker Keckeisen 8-5
Win 15-3 United States Blake Hopson TF 10-0
Win 14-3 United States Josiah Ramirez TF 10-0
Win 13-3 United States Justin Flores TF 12-1
2016 MSWA State Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 160lbs
Win 12-3 United States Seamus Selmi TF 10-0 May 15, 2016 2016 MSWA State Championships

United States Owings Mills, Maryland

Win 11-3 United States Anthony Zancan TF 10-0
2015 USAW Nationals at 138lbs
Loss 10-3 United States Ethan Krause 7-8 July 22–24, 2015 2015 USAW Cadet Men's Nationals

United States Fargo, North Dakota

Win 10-2 United States Zac Musselman Fall
Win 9-2 United States Jonathan McGowan TF 17-6
Loss 8-2 United States Shane Griffith Fall
Win 8-1 United States Trevor Elfvin 14-7
2015 MSWA State Championships 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 138lbs
Loss 7-1 United States Ethan Krause 4-4 May 17, 2015 2015 MSWA State Championships

United States Owings Mills, Maryland

Win 7-0 United States Andrew Shiman TF 15-4
Win 6-0 United States Josh Paige TF 10-0
Win 5-0 United States Marcelo Motta TF 10-0
2014 MSWA Path to Fargo 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 132lbs
Win 4-0 United States Chase Pennell Fall May 4, 2014 2014 MSWA Path to Fargo Tourney

United States Thurmont, Maryland

Win 3-0 United States Tyler Whitlock Fall
Win 2-0 United States Marcelo Motta TF 10-0
Win 1-0 United States Matt Hardmon TF 11-0

NCAA record

NCAA Division I Record
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event
Start of 2020-2021 Season (freshman extra-year)
End of 2019-2020 Season (freshman year)
2020 Big 12 Conference 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 184 lbs
Win 15-1 Cameron Caffey 3-2 March 7–8, 2020 2020 Big 12 Championships
Win 14-1 Taylor Venz Fall
Win 13-1 Owen Webster MD 15-4
Win 12-1 Tanner Harvey 8-5 February 23, 2020 American - Penn State Dual
Win 11-1 Rocky Jordan MD 15-4 February 15, 2020 Ohio State - Penn State Dual
Win 10-1 Owen Webster MD 13-3 February 9, 2020 Penn State - Minnesota Dual
Win 9-1 Johnny Sebastian 3-2 February 7, 2020 Penn State - Wisconsin Dual
Win 8-1 Abe Assad 7-3 January 31, 2020 Penn State - Iowa Dual
Loss 7-1 Taylor Venz 5-9 January 24, 2020 Penn State - Nebraska Dual
Win 7-0 Billy Janzer Fall January 19, 2020 Rutgers - Penn State Dual
Win 6-0 Zach Braunagel 9-4 January 10, 2020 Illinois - Penn State Dual
Win 5-0 Jesse Quatse TF 19-4 December 8, 2019 Pennsylvania - Penn State Dual
Win 4-0 Chris Weiller 10-5 December 6, 2019 Penn State - Lehigh Dual
2019 Mat-Town Open I 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 184 lbs
Win 3-0 Kyle Myers Fall December 1, 2019 2019 Mat-Town Open I
Win 2-0 Jared McGill 11-5
Win 1-0 Kyle Inlander 7-4
Start of 2019-2020 Season (freshman year)

Stats

Season Year School Rank Weigh Class Record Win Bonus
2020 Freshman Pennsylvania State University #3 (DNQ) 184 15-1 93.75% 43.75%
Career 15-1 93.75% 43.75%

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