Brooks is one of the rare few who got that opportunity to don one of those famous blue and white singlets and didn't waste his debut, impressing Hall in the process. He’s got a high ceiling. You have permission to edit this article. Teammates grasp Mark Hall before he is announced during the team entrance during wrestling’s season opener against Navy at Rec Hall on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. And not everyone gets to do that.". Brooks managed a 10-5 decision over Lehigh's NCAA qualifier Chris Weiler in his dual debut, and established he belongs in the lineup in the future for Penn State as he suited up in favor of All-American Shakur Rasheed, who has yet to compete for the Nittany Lions this year. "It was fun. Six undefeated wrestlers. There was a problem saving your notification. We can list the ordering and take out for your restaurant here. "Watching my teammates, it was pretty electric.". Penn State wrestling's Aaron Brooks impresses during debut weekend and quickly proves himself, Tweets from, Penn State Football News | Daily Collegian, Report: Penn State football safety Trent Gordon enters transfer portal, PODCAST: We Are… Trying Our Best, Ep. Cael Sanderson has assessed a lot of talent over his 14 seasons as a head coach. Honestly, when you get out there, you don’t really hear the crowd that much, you kind of focus," Brooks said. Chance of rain 70%.. Cloudy with light rain early...then becoming partly cloudy. There was an error processing your request. Freshman Aaron Brooks speaks to the media during Penn State wrestling media day at Rec Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. "I was just excited for him. "He’s a spark plug. It felt good the first time out there.". An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. The Hagerstown, Maryland, native didn't necessarily anticipate getting the nod on Friday and burning his redshirt. We need a spark, obviously, and he’s a guy we feel can contend for a national title at that weight class," Sanderson said. It's a message and a way of thinking that was instilled in Brooks by one of his teammates, Mark Hall, who knows almost better than anyone what Brooks is going through. Cloudy with light rain early...then becoming partly cloudy. Penn State won 45-0. Three undefeated returning national champions. Low 36F. "With three months of college wrestling, I think he’ll jump a couple levels.". "He wrestled pretty darn good," Sanderson said. Every once in a while though, Sanderson gets it wrong, and wrestlers exceed his expectations — it happened with Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal, but now it's seemingly happening with one of Penn State's rising stars, freshman Aaron Brooks. "His first match on Friday, I didn't know what to expect, but really he was one of our guys that wrestled the best," Sanderson said following Penn State's 33-7 rout of Penn on Sunday. At a Glance--going through the highlights of the news so you don't have to. We never know, but we’re always ready, so whenever it’s our time, we’re ready," Brooks said following his win against Lehigh. The Mat Talk Online Division I Championship Preview Guide gives you, the wrestling fan, … Success! If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here. He’s going to be even better. The superstar wrestler announced on Twitter Thursday night … PODCAST: Will Penn State football get in the win column against Maryland? Penn State on film, Fulton Building construction. Even with all eyes on him, in a hostile environment against an opponent in Lehigh which was looking for its first win against Penn State in 11 years, Brooks managed to stay composed on the mat and took his time off the mat to soak everything in. 18: Thanksgiving Special. Jake Aferiat is the sports editor at The Daily Collegian. "When you're training like you're the starter, then when you are the starter, you don't have any surprises," Hall said prior to the Nittany Lions' slate of matches against fellow Keystone State foes. And three-time NCAA finalist Mark Hall pointed out the freshman dual meet debut of Aaron Brooks. 13.4k Followers, 1,597 Following, 17 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Aaron Brooks (@aaron_mbrooks) We’re excited for him.". Construction covers the front of the Fulton Building as a makeshift walkway is built to reach the front door in late October 2020 in University Park, Pa. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Still, when Sanderson opted to pull Brooks' redshirt on Friday prior to Penn State's dual with Lehigh, he wasn't sure how that would bode for someone who hadn't wrestled in a dual meet since high school and was now being thrust into the nation's top starting lineup at 184 pounds. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Let us know what's going on! Brooks is high on himself as well and knows he'll continue to improve and he has seemingly bought in to the time honored adage Sanderson preaches about taking things one match at a time. "We’re just always ready to wrestle when it happens. He is a senior studying digital and print journalism, and political science. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. "Those who are freshmen or those guys who're redshirting, it's not really time off — it's more of a means to help you get your mind right when your time does come to wrestle in a Penn State singlet. Sign up today! The four-time Maryland state champion followed that up with another win, a much more commanding 19-4 tech fall over Penn's Jesse Quatse, helping Penn State to down the Quakers on Sunday and close out his debut weekend. Low 36F. Brooks is a four-time Maryland state champion and won a Cadet gold and Junior World silver medal before ever arriving in Happy Valley, establishing his wrestling bona fides early. Aaron Brooks184 - Parents: JOHN BROOKS, RANELLE BOYD, ADRIENNE BROOKS Major: EDUCATION CAREER Aaron Brooks - Wrestling - Penn State University Athletics Skip To Main Content PODCAST: Will Penn State football earn its first win of the 2020 campaign against Nebraska? North Hagerstown senior Aaron Brooks has made his college decision, and his choice is no huge surprise. "I’m excited to see the version I will be in March.". Usually he knows what he has talent-wise and can reasonably predict a wrestler's trajectory and future impact on Penn State’s lineup. Hall started off his freshman as a coveted and highly touted redshirt much like Brooks, and much like Brooks, Hall was thrust into the Penn State starting lineup at 174 pounds in 2017 overtaking then-starter Geno Morelli. Chance of rain 70%. PODCAST: Friendly Neighborhood Podcast, Ep. In a season filled with defensive woes, Penn State’s depth in its secondary has gotten thinner. Error! But if there's one thing that's been drilled into the young Brooks in his short time in the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex, it's the importance of being ready when your time comes. Cael Sanderson isn't shy — he projects big things for Brooks this season and once again seems to know what he has talent wise. The Apple Valley, Minnesota, native went on to partner with Vincenzo Joseph in becoming Penn State's first ever freshman national champions, and while he reached the mountaintop early, Hall is making sure Brooks understands his potential and is as prepared as can be. He’s already great. Get weekend previews and weekend recaps from The Daily Collegian Sports staff sent to your inbox. "I know the plan is to get better each week and each match," Brooks said. I was hyping him up all day," Hall said. Brooks is a four-time Maryland state champion and won a Cadet gold and Junior World silver medal before ever arriving in Happy Valley, establishing his wrestling bona fides early.