Columbia Wrestling BIO
 Zack Hernandez

2014-15: Went 11-17 in his third season at Columbia ... Earned two wins at the EIWA Championships (3/6-3/7) claiming eighth place, and helping Columbia to a fourth place finish, its best since 2004-05 ... Won his opening match at EIWAs in a 3-1 victory over the No. 7 seed, Jeric Kasunic of America ... Also defeated Harvard's John Poppe by a 4-1 margin at EIWAs, in a bounce-back win from when Poppe pinned Hernandez in Harvard's home dual (2/20) ... Posted a 6-0 win over Hofstra's Michael Oxley (1/25) helping Columbia to a home dual win ... Defeated Buffalo's Brett Perry (6-2) in a road victory over the Bulls (1/16) ... Tallied three wins on the first day of the Cliff Keen Invitational (12/5) to advance to the second day.

2013-14: NCAA Championships automatic qualifier at 184 pounds … Topped 20 wins with a 23-13 record, including three falls and two major decisions … Won the freshman/sophomore division at the Michigan State Open (11/9) and placed fourth at the New York State Championships (11/24) and EIWA Championships (3/9) … Victorious in his first seven bouts of the season … Went 4-0 at the MSU Open with three decisions and a pin of Tyler Hughes (Lake Erie) to win the freshman/sophomore title … Compiled a 4-2 record at the NYSC, including a pin of Dennis Melendez (Hunter), to claim fourth … Posted a 3-2 mark at Midlands, highlighted by a fall in 1:49 against Luther’s Jayden DeVilbiss … Won first seven matches of the 2014 calendar year, winning all matches via decision … Opened EIWA Championships with 9-0 major decision versus F&M Paul Alessandrini. 

2012-2013: Posted a 5-4 record on the year ... Of his five wins, four came via pin and the fifth in a major decision ... Went 3-2 in the Michigan State Open, pinning Josh Cook (Kennedy King Col.) in 1:25 and Mike Auletta (Edinboro) in 0:40 ... Went 2-2 in the NY State Wrestling Championships, defeating Cody LaFever (Oswego) by major decision, 11-2 and pinning Zachary Connor (Ithaca) in 4:04.

Punahou: Was a two-time HHSAA state champion at 189 pounds, winning the state title at that weight in 2011 and 2012 ... state runner-up at 152 pounds (2010) ... Helped lead team to four consecutlve state titles ... as a junior in 2010-11, he went undefeated, pinned all but three opponents and allowed only one takedown against him ... Compiled a 101-8 career record with 81 pins ... Went 54-0 wit 51 pins in junior and senior seasons ... Went 10-1 with eight pins at The Clash National Duals in Rochester ... Was also an outstanding football player, earning second-team all-state honors as a senior linebacker.

Personal: Son of Brenda and Darren Hernandez ... Mother, Brenda, ran cross country at Harvard ... father, Darren, played football at the University of Hawaii ... Grandfather Yukio Nishimura is in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame ... Younger sister, Zoe, is an outfielder on the Cornell softball team.

Career Record
5-4, 0-0 Ivy League
2013-14: 23-13, 2-3 Ivy League
2014-15: 11-17, 0-5 Ivy League

Total: 39-34, 2-8 Ivy League

Weight: 184
Year: Senior
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Punahou
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