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Aaron KelleyClass: R-Senior
Previous School: Parkersburg South HS
Hometown: Mineral Wells, W.Va.
2010 (Sr.): Redshirted.
2009 (Jr.): Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll … was one of nine wrestlers to finish the season with 10 or more victories … ranked fifth on the team with 14 wins, wrestling the entire season at 174 pounds … tied for second on the team with five wins by fall … also ranked second on the team with four victories by major decision … opened the season with a 16-0 technical fall win over Gardner-Webb's Jonathan Velazquez to help Liberty to a season-opening dual victory over the Bulldogs … placed fifth at the Nittany Lion Open with a 5-1 record … posted two decision victories, two major decision wins and a victory by fall during the event … helped the Flames to the team title at the Eastern Regional Duals with a final-period fall (6:34) over Duquesne's Ryan Sula .. won his last match of the season with a 7-4 decision victory over VMI's Andrew Szymborski.
2008 (So.): Selected to the inaugural VaSID all-state team, garnering second-team all-state honors … one of six grapplers to advance to the NCAA National Championship following a victory at the NCAA East Regionals hosted by Liberty … finished the season ranked third on the team in total victories with a 29-19 record at 174 pounds … also finished third on the squad in dual matches with a 13-6 mark … third on the team in matches decided by fall with a 8-6 record … also ranked third with five wins by major decision (5-5) … finished the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic with a 4-2 record, closing with a 19-11 major decision win over Army's Dean Gaier to take fifth place at the tournament (11/10) … posted three wins at the Navy Classic for the second straight year, finishing sixth at the event (11/17) … was 2-2 at the Nittany Lion Open (12/2), picking up victories over VMI's Dustin McCabe (fall/2:49) and Pittsburgh's A.J. Brentzel (Dec./5-1) … helped the Flames to two dual match victories at the Campbellsville Duals (12/8), posting a 3-0 record with three straight wins by decision … posted a 3-2 record at the Reno Tournament of Champions (12/18), including a 6-1 decision over Wyoming's Dan Barrone and a 24-11 major decision over Oregon's Ron Lee ... helped the Flames to a 18-18 draw against defending ACC champion N.C. State with a 6-2 decision over Randy Goodman (1/12) … assisted in the Flames taking three out of four dual matches at the Liberty Quad (1/26), posting a 2-1 record at the event … helped the Flames take the title at the Eastern Regional Duals (2/3), picking up a 10-3 decision win over Duquesne Scott Black and an 8-2 decision over Gardner-Webb's Chad Davis … closed out the regular season on a six-match winning streak … won all three of his matches at the NCAA East Regionals, earning his first career trip to the NCAA National Championship (3/9) … opened the Regionals with a 18-2 technical fall win (5:55) over Wagner's Peter Morano … defeated Duquesne's Scott Black in a 16-5 major decision, before capturing the title with a win by fall (6:28) over Millersville Jeremy Brooks … picked up a victory at the NCAA National Championship, as he opened the consolation bracket with an 8-4 decision victory over Indiana's Trevor Perry.
2007 (Fr.): Finished the year with a 20-20 overall record at 149 pounds … one of six wrestlers to record 20 or more victories on the year … 10-11 in dual matches … posted an 8-3 record in matches determined by fall ... ranked fourth on the squad with wins by fall … 4-2 in matches decided by major decision … opened his collegiate career with a 4-0 blanking of Anderson's T.J. Selke at the Hokie Classic (11/5) … posted a 3-2 record at the Navy Classic, including a win by fall (3:18) over Bucknell's Anthony Deleo (11/18) … went 2-2 at Nittany Lion Open (12/3), including a win by fall (3:30) over Cornell's Tim Ironman and a 5-4 decision over Rutgers' Jack Barrett … opened the Reno Tournament of Champions with an 8-0 blanking of Adams College's Joe Kelso (12/20) … placed fifth at the Virginia State Intercollegiates (1/6) with a 3-2 record … two victories during the Commonwealth event were by fall (Old Dominion's Joey Metzler – 1:08 and Apprentice School's Matt Perry – 3:22) and the third was a technical fall (7:00) over VMI's Randy Phillips … defeated Arizona State's Chris Remsen by major decision, 16-7, at the Virginia Duals (1/12-13) … pinned King College's Marty Erickson at 4:05 to help the Flames to a 47-3 home dual match victory (1/30) … was 2-2 at the East Regional Duals (2/3) … both victories were by fall over Gardner-Webb's Josh Lowe (1:48) and Duquesne's Brandon Baldini (4:43) … one of three Liberty wrestlers to pick up a victory at UNC Greensboro (2/21) with a 9-6 victory over Marcus Hannah … posted a win by fall (4:55) over Duquesne's Brandon Baldini at the NCAA East Regionals.
Prep: Graduated from Parkersburg South High School … finished his high school career with a 122-39 record (75.8 winning percentage) … finished fourth in the state as a freshman with a 32-12 record at 103 pounds … posted a 24-12 record at 125 pounds as a sophomore to place third in the state … helped his team to a state championship as a junior with a 21-9 individual record … finished third in the state at 140 pounds as a junior … his high school career culminated with a 45-5 season at 145 pounds, helping him claim the West Virginia State Championship … placed third at the Ironman Invitational and fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions as a senior.
Personal: Son of Bill and Debbie Kelley … birthday is on Jan. 20 … majoring in aeronautics at Liberty … would like to pursue a career as a commerical pilot after graduation … Ben & Jerry's ice cream is one of his favorite snack food items … would choose to live in Spain if he could live anywhere in the world for a year … his favorite show going up a child was Seinfeld.