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|Full name||Aaron Marquel Brooks|
|Born||Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S|
|Weight||184 lb (83 kg)|
|Event(s)||Freestyle and folkstyle|
|College team||Nittany Lions|
|Club||Nittany Lion Wrestling Club|
|Coached by||Cael 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.
Brooks was born in Hagerstown, Maryland and attended North Hagerstown High School. As a freshman (14'-15'), he won his first MPSSAA title and also won the NHSCA Freshman National championship, both at 126 pounds. 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. As a junior (16'-17'), he once again bulked up now to 152 pounds and became a three-time state and national champion. 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. He compiled an overall record of 163 wins and just two losses (45-1, 43-1, 46-0 and 22-0).
In early February 2018, Brooks committed to Cael Sanderson and the Penn State Nittany Lions as the number one recruit in the country. After focusing on the freestyle during the 2018-19 season, Brooks arrived to the Pennsylvania State University.
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. 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. 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. Brooks was then scheduled to compete at the 2020 NCAA Championships, however, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
Brooks excelled in freestyle at the cadet level, winning his first Fargo National title in 2016, as well as the Greco-Roman one. 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. In between, he once again won Fargo but now in the junior level, At the World Championships, Brooks outscored his opponents by a total of 57 points to 14 and claimed the World title.
In 2018, Brooks competed at the US Open (junior level) in April. He outscored his five opponents 53 points to 7 and claimed the championship. In May, he won the best-of-three for the World Team Trials. 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.
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. Despite high expectations, Brooks went out early in the opening round as he fell 3-5 to Abubakr Abakerov.
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.
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. He was one place away from qualifying for the US Olympic Trials.
Brooks was scheduled to come back into the freestyle scene against Brett Pfarr on October 20, at the NLWC II. However, Brooks was dropped out of the card of undisclosed reasons and replaced by Jaime Espinal.
|NCAA Division I Record|
|Start of 2020-2021 Season (freshman extra-year)|
|End of 2019-2020 Season (freshman year)|
|2020 Big 12 Conference at 184 lbs|
|Win||15-1||Cameron Caffey||3-2||March 7–8, 2020||2020 Big 12 Championships|
|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 at 184 lbs|
|Win||3-0||Kyle Myers||Fall||December 1, 2019||2019 Mat-Town Open I|
|Start of 2019-2020 Season (freshman year)|
|2020||Freshman||Pennsylvania State University||#3 (DNQ)||184||15-1||93.75%||43.75%|
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