2022 NWCA All-Star Classic

Aaron Brooks vs Parker Keckeisen All-Star Classic Preview

Aaron Brooks vs Parker Keckeisen All-Star Classic Preview

A preview of the match between Aaron Brooks and Parker Keckeisen at the 2022 NWCA All-Star Classic on November 22.

Sep 29, 2022 by Jon Kozak
Aaron Brooks vs Parker Keckeisen All-Star Classic Preview

Aaron Brooks and Parker Keckeisen are the #1 and #2 ranked wrestlers in the country at 184 pounds and will square off at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Austin, Texas on November 22. Check out the preview below to learn about their match history and impressive college resumes heading into the All-Star bout.

Before we look at the matchup, take a look at a snapshot of both Aaron Brooks and Parker Keckeisen’s college careers. Below you'll see their college records, finishes at NCAAs, and a hitlist of their wins over past All-Americans.

Aaron Brooks, Penn State

Quick Stats:

  • 50-2 career college record
  • 2-time NCAA Champion (2021 & 2022)
  • 2018 U20 World Silver Medalist

Brooks’ College Hitlist

  • Myles Amine (2X)
  • Trent Hidlay (2X)
  • Parker Keckeisen (2X)
  • Kaleb Romero
  • Hunter Bolen
  • Taylor Venz (5X)
  • John Poznanski (2X)
  • Jonathan Loew

Parker Keckeisen, Northern Iowa

Quick Stats:

  • 48-3 career college record
  • 3rd at NCAAs in 2021 & 2022

Keckeisen’s College Hitlist

  • Bernie Truax
  • Trent Hidlay
  • Jonathan Loew (2X)
  • Taylor Venz
  • Marcus Coleman (2X)
  • Dakota Geer (2X)
  • John Poznanski 
  • Brit Wilson (2X)
  • Hunter Bolen

A Long Match History

Aaron Brooks and Parker Keckeisen have wrestled a total of 7 times - going all the way back to their high school days when they first met in 2016 at Fargo. While the matches have played out a variety of different ways in both folkstyle and freestyle, one thing stayed the same every time - Aaron Brooks won. Their 2 matches from Fargo in 2016 and 2017 unfolded in a very similar fashion - Brooks got out to a sizeable lead while Keckeisen closed the gap at the end to keep things close. Their 3 matches in 2019 were also very similar - Brooks dominated each match from start to finish. However, Keckeisen has seemingly closed the gap since then, losing two close matches over the past 2 college seasons - 6-4 and 3-2. Check out their full match history with links to the video below.

July 21, 2016 - Brooks dec. Keckeisen, 8-5

July 16, 2017 - Brooks dec. Keckeisen, 8-7

April 27, 2019 - Brooks VSU Keckeisen, 10-0

May 18, 2019 - Brooks VSU Keckeisen, 10-0

May 18, 2019 - Brooks VPO1 Keckeisen, 10-1

March 18, 2021 - Brooks dec. Keckeisen, 6-4

December 20, 2021 - Brooks dec. Keckeisen, 3-2

What To Expect At The All-Star Classic

It’s no doubt that Aaron Brooks is the favorite over Parker Keckeisen leading into their match at the NWCA All-Star Classic. However, that doesn’t mean Keckeisen can’t pull off the upset. Keckeisen has been close to a comeback in many of their previous matches but Brooks’ defense has always proved superior. Will the All-Star match be the time Keckeisen finally breaks through or will Brooks come out on top for the 8th time? We’ll find out in Austin, Texas on November 22!

Check out highlights of Brooks' win over Keckeisen in the semi-finals of the 2021 NCAA tournament:

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