Weight: 197
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Olathe, Kan.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Major: Pre-Physician Assistant


Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., for Coach Eric Akin, a former Nebraska volunteer assistant coach (2000-04)
  • Overall record of 148-33 in prep career
  • Capped a 40-2 senior season with a third-place finish at 195 pounds at the KSHSAA 5A State Championships
  • Finished fourth at 195 pounds at the 2017 KSHSAA 5A State Championships, after going 41-5 on the season
  • Placed sixth at state at 195 pounds as a sophomore in 2016 following a 35-12 season
  • Went 31-17 as a freshman at 170 pounds in 2015
  • 2017 state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman at the USA Wrestling Kansas State Championships at 220 pounds
  • Took sixth place at 182 pounds at the 2015 Cadet Folkstyle National Championships
  • Also played football in high school, and was an honorable mention all-state selection and a two-time honorable-mention all-league selection


  • Last name is pronounced GA-oh-NA
  • Born: Sept. 12, 1999
  • Parents: Jorge and Emily Gaona
  • Sisters: Sydnie and Delanie
  • Major: Pre-Physician Assistant
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