Ranking Penn State’s top 3 wrestlers in 2021

Penn State Wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson (Image via HawkCentral)
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No. 2 – Aaron Brooks So. 184

Try this on for size: 2017 Cadet World Champion (76kg), 2018 Runner Up Junior World Championships (76kg), only the seventh wrestler to ever win four NHSCA National championships and also the seventh wrestler to win four MPSSAA titles.

Brooks compiled an overall record of 163 wins and just two losses in his high school career (45-1, 43-1, 46-0 and 22-0).

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However, Penn State Wrestling fans didn’t get to see Brooks’ talents until last year where he compiled a record of 15-1 and a Big Ten Championship over Sparty’s Cameron Caffey. As you can see, the pedigree is there.

Can Brooks put it all together and navigate this year’s difficult 184 class? Time will tell but he’s off to a great start with three dominating wins so far.

OSU’s Rocky Jordan is potentially Brooks’ next opponent. Currently sitting at No. 19 in the InterMat rankings, Jordan should be a good early test for Brooks. But as always with wrestling we’ll just take it match by match.