Ahern in 2007-08: Suffered a back injury that limited his action early on ... finished the year with a 12-6 record, including a 4-3 mark in dual action ... opened the year with a second-place finish at the Navy Classic ... won three in a row at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational before having to bow out after suffering an injury ... one of his three wins was a 5-4 OT decision over Bobby Latessa of Harvard, improving his career record in overtime bouts to 5-0 ... bounced back at the Reno Tournament of Champions where he won his first two matches, including a 12-2 major decision over UC Davis' Kyle Dubs ... captured a 4-0 decision over Columbia's Matt Dunn to help lead the Mids to their 23rd consecutive win over the Lions ... claimed a 5-2 decision over American's Christopher Stout in the 31-16 dual win by Navy ... followed up by shutting down East Stroudsburg's Kyle Heselpoth, 2-0 ... won a crucial match for the Mids in their win over NC State in Annapolis ... picked off Colton Palmer, 5-2, in what was Ahern's final match of the year ... finished as the freestyle runner-up at 70 kg (154.5 pounds) at the ASICS University Nationals ... won five matches en route to earning a spot in the title bout ... opened the tournament with a 2-0, 3-1 victory over Jared Rickert (Minnesota) before taking a 2-1 decision (4-0, 0-5, 3-0) over Binghamton's Ryan McGarity ... followed up by shutting out Chip Powell from Appalachian State, 4-0, 6-0, defeated UNC Greensboro's Andrew Saunders, 1-1, 1-0 and beat PJ Gillespie ... his title hopes were cut short by Minnesota's Tyler Safratowich (28-10 at 165 pounds), 3-0, 1-0.
2006-07: In his second season, Ahern topped the 20-win mark with his 21-8 record that featured three wins in dual meet competition ... earned dual meet wins over Jordan Lafollette of Brown (8-4) at the Lone Star Duals, N.C. State's Joe Caramanica (5-1) and earned a thrilling 5-4 sudden victory win over Scott Heckman from East Stroudsburg ... opened the season by turning in a 4-1 record at the West Virginia Open where he placed second ... finished third at the Navy Classic after earning a 12-2 major decision over Rutgers' Jack Barrett ... posted a 5-2 record en route to a sixth-place finish at the Nittany Lion Open ... recorded back-to-back 3-1 sudden victory wins over teammates David Ingram and Glenn Shober at the Nittany Lion Open ... finished second at the All-Academy Championship, dropping his finals match to VMI's Sam Alvarenga ... nearly knocked off second-ranked Matt Storniolo of Oklahoma at the Lone Star Duals, losing 5-4 in sudden victory.
2005-06: Turned in a 13-9 record as a rookie ... won six of his first eight matches, including a string of four in a row en route to a fourth-place finish at the Navy Classic ... pinned two of his opponents, including Bloomsburg's Will Saylor at the Penn State Open ... closed out the season winning three of his five matches at the Edinboro Open.
High School: A 2004 graduate of Herkimer High School, Ahern was a multi-sport athlete ... earned five letters in wrestling, while lettering twice in football and track ... attended the Blair Academy in New Jersey prior to arriving at the Academy.
Personal: Full name is Joel Thomas Ahern ... son of John and Michelle Ahern ... father is a Colonel in the Marine Corps ... born June 18, 1986, in Ilion, N.Y. ... majoring in International Relations.