NCAA wrestling champs wear ‘100% Jesus’ headbands at event

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College wrestlers Aaron Brooks and David Carr wore headbands at the NCAA Championships over the weekend to show their support for Jesus Christ.

Brooks of Penn State and Carr of Iowa State each wore white belts with the message “100% Yes” written above their heads.


Penn State Nittany Lions wrestler Aaron Brooks poses with his championship trophy after winning his fourth national title at T-Mobile Center. Required credits: (Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports)

David Carr lifts Aaron Brooks

Iowa State Cyclones’ 165-pound national champion David Carr defeats Trent Hidley of the North Carolina State Wolfpacks to win his fourth NCAA wrestling title, followed by his friend’s 197-pound Penn State Nittany Lions. , celebrate with Aaron Brooks. (Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports)

Brooks joined four-time NCAA champion Nittany Lions teammate Carter Starocci on Saturday night. They join an exclusive club of four-time champions that also includes coach Cael Sanderson. Brooks defeated longtime rival Trent Hidley of North Carolina State University.

Carr also won the U.S. Championship at 165 pounds. It took a valiant effort to stop Penn State’s Mitchell Mazenbrink’s comeback attempt, and he did just that.

Both wrestlers gained attention for proclaiming their beliefs on the national stage.

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Aaron Brooks wearing a headband

Penn State Nittany Lions during the Division I Men’s Wrestling Championship at T-Mobile Center on March 23, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ebert Nelson/NCAA Photo via Getty Images)

Asked what he was thinking after winning the title, Brooks said, “It may be boring, but it’s the truth, the Lord, and the Holy Spirit.” “It calms me down. It calms me down, but I remember it being bigger than this.

“These four titles will pass away, but the word of God will remain forever.”

Kerr spoke about God in his postgame press conference.

“As always, glory be to God,” he began his postgame press conference. “Before the match, I prayed, ‘Give me infinite energy and focus,’ and when I got into the match, I kept telling myself that I was just going to stay focused and keep wrestling hard. .

David Kerr warms up

Iowa State’s David Carr walks on the mat before his match against Princeton’s Quincy Monday during the Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center on March 17, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Shane Bevell/NCAA Photo via Getty Images)


“And it feels great to finish my career on top.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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