As a Senior (2005-06): Redshirted the season ... posted the team's highest winning percentage at .833 with a record of 21-3 in open competition ... finished third at the West Virginia Open an the East Stroudsburg Open ... took second at the Kent State Open ... won at the Edinboro Open.
As a Junior (2004-05): Led the team in victories with 29 ... also was the team's leader in major decisions (7) ... placed in a team-best five tournaments ... posted a 29-13 record, including a 4-1 mark in the ACC ... won the Central Jersey Open (11/14/04) to open the season ... finished fourth at the Mat Town Invitational (11/27/04) ... lost opening match of the tournament, then rattled off five straight victories ... earned a second place finish at the Penn State Open (12/5/04) ... picked up dual victories over Rutgers (12/11/04) and Rider (12/11/04) ... notched impressive victories at the Southern Scuffle (12/28) en route to a third place finish ... knocked off nationally ranked Chris Stith of Virginia Tech at the tournament ... scored two major decisions in duals against SIU-Edwardsville (1/2/05) and Utah Valley State (1/2/05) ... earned another tough victory over Stith late in the season (1/23/05) ... closed regular season with back-to-back major decisions, recording one over Randy Oates of George Mason (2/18/05) and Jim Hartey of Virginia (2/19/05) ... dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 decision in overtime in the opening round of the ACC Tournament (3/5/05) ... bounced back, though, to finish fourth.
As a Sophomore (2003-04): Notched a 14-10 record at 157 pounds ... an All-ACC Tournament selection after finishing runner-up (3/6/04) ... helped the Terps pick up the dual victory over George Mason with a 8-2 win over Mitch Webster (2/21/04) ... picked up a decision against Ashton Buswell of UNC (1/23/04) ... titlist at Hitchcock Classic after going 3-0 (1/4/04) ... fifth-place finish at Body Bar Invitational (11/22/03).
As a Freshman (2002-03): Finished with an 18-13 record overall ... compiled an 8-5 record in dual matches ... won five dual matches in a row toward the end of the season ... won the first match in each of the three tournaments he participated in ... had three pins on the season with the quickest coming against Jake Beitz of Montclair in 3:44 ... wrestled in the 149 and 157 weight classes.
Before Maryland: High school career record of 124-8 ... three-year captain of the wrestling team ... All-Met wrestler of the year in 2002 ... fifth in high school senior nationals ... All-American ... three-time state finalist ... state champion as a senior ... three-time regional champion ... two-time team MVP ... lettered four years in wrestling and three in soccer.
Personal: Jason Brooks Kiessling ... son of Mark and Kathy Kiessling ... born Dec. 22, 1984 ... one brother, Joshua ... one sister, Janine ... chose Maryland over Old Dominion University and Appalachian State University because of the academics ... lists winning a state title and becoming a high school All-American as his biggest athletic thrill ... lists his dad as the person he most admires ... majoring in health.
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