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Jay Aiello

197
Position
Redshirt Senior
Class
Chantilly, Va.
Hometown
Westfield
High School

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• 2020 NCAA Qualifier – 197 pounds
• 2020 ACC Champion – 197 pounds
• 2020 All-ACC – 197 pounds
• 2020 Midlands Runner-Up – 197 pounds
• 2019 NCAA Qualifier – 197 pounds
• 2019 ACC Runner-Up – 197 pounds
• 2019 All-ACC – 197 pounds

2019-20
• ACC Champion at 197 pounds and NCAA qualifier for the second consecutive season
• All-ACC selection at 197 pounds by virtue of winning the league title
• Posted a 27-4 record on the season, including a 14-0 mark in duals and a 5-0 mark in ACC duals
• Runner-up at Midlands Championships (12/29-30), defeating No. 2 Jacob Warner (Iowa) in the semifinals
• Eighth-place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/6-7)
• First-place finish at Keystone Classic (11/24) with a win over No. 15 Ethan Laird (Rider) in the finals
• Also defeated a 10th-ranked Laird in the final match at the Virginia Duals (1/11)
• Recorded a win over No. 16 Nick Reenan by injury default in the ACC opener at No. 5 NC State (1/24)
• Was 10-0 in bonus-point matches including three wins by pin, four by tech fall and three major decisions
• Won 12 straight matches to end the season and won 16-of-17 down the stretch
• His only loss in his last 17 matches came to No. 8 Christian Brunner (Purdue) in Midlands finals
• Named an NWCA Scholar All-American
• Named to the ACC Wrestling All-Academic Team
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

2018-19
• NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds for his first career NCAA Championships appearance
• Seeded seventh at the NCAA Championships at 197 pounds
• Runner-up at 197 pounds at the ACC Championships, earning All-ACC honors
• Posted a 24-8 record on the season, including a 16-4 mark in dual matches and 5-0 in ACC duals
• Went 7-1 in matches decided by bonus-points, including two pins, two tech falls and four major decisions
• Third-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational with a 6-1 record
• Posted wins over No. 8 Nathan Traxler of Stanford (twice), No. 13 Christian Brunner of Purdue, No. 14 Tom Sleigh of Virginia Tech on the run to the third-place finish
• Went 7-5 against nationally-ranked opponents, including a 7-2 mark in the regular season
• Went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships with a win over No. 26 seed Anthony McLaughlin of Air Force
• Dropped his two matches by a combined three points, including a 9-8 loss to No. 10 seed Tom Sleigh (Virginia Tech) and 9-7 decision in sudden victory No. 9 seed Benjamin Honis (Cornell)
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

2017-18
• Posted a 13-15 record, including a 7-7 mark in dual competition at 197 pounds
• Tallied four bonus-point victories on the season, including a fall, a tech fall and two major
decisions
• Went 2-2 at the Southern Scuffle (1/1-2), including a win over then No. 16 Nathan Traxler
of Stanford

2016-17
• Posted a 19-11 record competing unattached as a redshirt at 197 pounds
• Went 8-1 in matches decided by fall, 1-0 in tech falls and 3-2 in major decisions
• Finished fourth at the Clarion Open (11/6), falling to teammate Tyler Love
• Finished third at the Cyclone Open (12/4) with a 4-1 record
• Finished third at the Cleveland State Open (12/17) with a 4-1 record
• Also competed at the Wolfpack Open (11/20), the Mat Town Open (11/27), the Southern Scuffle (1/1) and the National Collegiate Open (2/26)

HIGH SCHOOL
• Lettered four years at Westfield High School
• Wrestled at 195 pounds as a senior in 2016
• 2016 Class 6A State Champion at 195 pounds
• Ranked No. 19 nationally by Flo Wrestling and Intermat
• First wrestler at Westfield High School to win all matches by pin on the way to state champion
• Claimed the Conference 5 championship and Northern Region Championship for Class 6A
• Fifth place at Beast of the East at 195 pounds as a senior
• Flo National Runner Up as a senior
• NHSCA Senior National Champion
• Washington Post first-team All-Met at 195 pounds
• Served as team captain as a senior
• Flo National All-American as a junior in 2015
• NHSCA Junior All-American
• Finished in sixth place at 160 pounds in 2014 in Virginia Class 6A championships
• Earned NHSCA Sophomore All-America honors in 2014
• Lettered three years in football, playing defensive end and full back
• Lettered one year in baseball as a pitcher and third baseman

PERSONAL
• Son of Jenni and Steve Aiello
• Has three brothers who all wrestled at Wheaton College
• Brother, Stephen, was an All-American in 2014
• Brothers Frank and Stephen both are assistant coaches at Wheaton

Weight Class Overall Record Dual Record ACC Dual Record Dual Points
Scored
ACC Championship Record NCAA Championship Record Major Decisions Tech Falls Pins Fastest Pin
2016-17* 197 19-11 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 3-2 1-0 8-1 1:04
2017-18 197 13-15 7-7 0-5 25 0-0 0-0 2-1 1-1 1-1 3:48
2018-19 197 24-8 16-4 5-0 58 1-1/2nd 1-2 4-0 2-0 2-1 3:43
Career 37-23 23-11 5-5 83 1-1 1-2 6-1 3-1 3-2 3:43

*Denotes redshirt season which does not count in career records