• NCAA Qualifier (2017, 2018)
• Big Ten Placer (2017-6th, 2018-5th)
As a Redshirt Junior (2017-18): Big Ten Placer (5th) at 149 pounds...team captain...earned second-ever big to NCAA Championships...tied for a team-best nine wins by fall during the season...won two open championship titles to begin the season, picking up a win at the Mat Town Open (11/26) and the Wilkes Open (12/22)...won five-consecutive matches by fall between the Mat Town Open and the Wilkes Open...went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships (12/29), including wins over Jakob Bergeland (Minnesota) and Malik Amine (Michigan)...3-0 record in matches decided in sudden victory...earned three-straight dual victories, including a fall over Harvard's Hunter Ladnier (1/14)...closed season with four-straight dual wins, and won seven of his last eight dual matches with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Zain Retherford of Penn State (1/21)...posted a 3-2 record at the Big Ten Championships...fell to second-ranked Brandon Sorensen of Iowa, 4-3, at the Big Ten Championships (3/3)...beat 20th-ranked Malik Amine of Michigan for the second time in the season at Big Ten Championships (3/3)...beat 12th-ranked Eleazar Deluca of Rutgers, 5-4 at the Big Ten Championships.
As a Redshirt Sophomore (2016-17): Big Ten Placer (6th) at 149 pounds…team captain…earned first-ever bid to NCAA Championships after qualifying as the tournament’s #13-seed…burst onto the National scene after winning 14-straight matches to open the 2016-17 regular season…finished 24-7 on the year and 11-0 in duals…Midlands placer at 149 pounds (8th)…won six matches in sudden victory or tiebreaker…pinned five opponents and majored four…went 5-0 at the Southeast Open to claim title at 149 pounds (11/6)…beat first ranked opponent of the year at Southeast Open with 7-6 decision over #17 Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga)…ranked in every InterMat Wrestling 149-pound Individual Rankings from November 8 onward…took out Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) and Sam Krivus (Virginia) at Cavalier Duals (11/20)…won both matches at Grapple at the Garden, including 6-4 SV over Princeton’s #18 Jordan Laster (11/27)…took out #15 Ken Theobold (Rutgers), 3-2 for first Big Ten dual win of the season (12/11)…won five matches at Midlands to place 8th (12/29-30)…pinned Eric Barone of Illinois in 1:42 (1/8)…majored Michigan’s Zac Hall, 12-3 (1/13)…secured takedown in final seconds to beat Michigan State’s Nick Trimble (1/15)…missed final month and a half of the regular season due to injury…defeated #14 Ken Theobold at Big Tens to lock up AQ bid for NCAAs…won opening round match at NCAAs by major decision over Harvard’s Hunter Ladiner (3/16)…pinned George Mason’s Sahid Kargbo in 1:51 to advance in NCAA wrestle backs (3/17).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2015-16): Finished 10-10 on the year as the team's starter at 141 pounds…opened season with two wins by decision at Terrapin duals (11/1) vs. Mikey Racciato (Pittsburgh) and Jason Estevez (Buffalo)…went 3-1 at the Bearcat Open (11/8)…notched two Big Ten victories over Iowa’s Logan Ryan (11/20) and Michigan’s George Fisher (2/5)…earned sudden victory win over Rider's Paul Kirchner in dual finale (2/20)…picked up first career Big Ten Tournament win over Indiana’s Tommy Cash (3/5).
As a Freshman (2014-15): Racked up 37 wins in a decorated debut season at 141 pounds…led the team in wins by fall with ten…captured four open tournament championships…opened the year with three wins at the Clarion Open (11/2)…notched seven wins at the Bearcat Open after falling to top-10 Todd Preston of Harvard (11/9)…won the Wolfpack Open with five wins (11/16)…won six matches at the Wilkes Open (12/28)…captured the F&M Open title with five straight wins, defeating Bloomsburg’s Max Good in the final…dominated the Shorty Hitchcock Open with two wins by fall en route to the title (1/18)…nabbed the Messiah Open title, winning three of four matches by fall…won his opening two matches of the National Collegiate Open before the tournament was halted.
Before Maryland: Finished his career as the winningest high school wrestler in Maryland history with 272 victories, 201 of those by pin … won four straight Maryland Independent School titles, one of just five competitors to ever achieve that feat … a two-time National Prep Champion … a two-time National High School Coaches Association National Champion … a two-time Beast of the East champion … named to The Washington Post All-Met Team … selected as Maryland’s Dave Shultz High School Excellence Award honoree, which recognizes a wrestler for excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.
Personal: Nickname is "Baby J"...sports hero is Michael Jordan...likes to focus on work ethic...hobbies include singing and telling jokes...favorite pregame meal is a turkey sandwich...came to Maryland to be the best wrestler he can be...biggest sports thrill was winning the Michigan State match in his redshirt sophomore season...majoring in sociology.
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