Aaron qualified for the state tournament as a sophmore at 171 pounds and was back at the Kohl Center as a junior at 170. This year, Aaron captured the state title in D-1 at 182 pounds after beating Ayoola Olapo of Menomonee Falls 5-2. Rothwell finished the season with a perfect 47-0 record and plans on wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh.
Toughest Opponent This Season:
Quinn Faust (Mt. Horeb/Barneveld). Both were undefeated heading into state semi-finals. Rothwell won 3-1 in sudden victory.
Favorite Candy Bar:
Last Good Book I Read:
The Great Gatsby
Cross Country Trip With Three Other People. Who Would You Take And Where Would You Go:
Brad Pitt, Mark Wahlberg and Kyle Dake to Las Vegas.
Most Prized Possession:
My dog Tally. (Hungarian Vizsla)
Always Remember From State Championship Run:
Pointing to my parents in the crowd after winning the title and giving them both a big hug.
Coolest Part About Winning State Title:
Recognition afterwards. The press followed the journey all season. Great support from community.
Most Rewarding Matches:
Ricky Robertson from Illinois in Fargo back in 2011. Really good battle with hard wrestling. Both of us left everything on the mat. He won the match in three periods and went on to win the title while I finished fourth. Another match that stands out was against Patrick Kissel of Oostburg in the finals of the Raider Invitational at Sheboygan North. He was a senior and I was a freshman. He beat me 6-2, but I was really happy with my effort.
Moment When You Knew You Were Going To Be A State Champion:
When I scored that takedown to beat Faust in the semis.
If You Could Drill With Anybody Who Would It Be With:
Cael Sanderson. Drill ankle picks and knee picks.
First Purchase After Winning Lottery:
Family vacation to either Australia or New Zealand
Tops On Bucket List:
Marry the right girl.
Working for my dad at a steel fabrication company in Manitowoc following my sophomore year. I worked in the office and also did welding, grinding rust off of steel. I remember getting pretty sick on that first day, but got used to it.
Most Proud Of:
Winning a state championship. Wrestling has taken me to alot of places and has been the common denominator in many of my successes.