The 2012-13 season was Jay Borschel's first year with the Northwestern wrestling program. Borschel works with the NU upper weights and in his first season in Evanston, he helped coach Mike McMullan to the NCAA finals at 285. McMullan achieved his highest placement at NCAA's, finishing runner-up, and became a two-time All-American as just a sophomore. Borschel also worked extensively with 2013 NCAA qualifiers Lee Munster (174) and Alex Polizzi (197). Borschel helped the Wildcats finish in the top 20 at NCAA's with two All-America honors.
A collegiate standout at Iowa, Borschel racked up an overall record of 98-10 at 174 lbs, was a two-time All-American and Iowa's Male Athlete of the Year in 2010.
"As a former national champion and key member of three NCAA championship teams, Jay knows what it takes to be successful as a wrestler and I have no doubt that will translate into his coaching career," Pariano said. "We know that Jay can help us reach the next level. He provides our program with the perfect compliment of intelligence and competitiveness, which shows with his numerous wrestling and academic achievements. His ability to teach our sport will greatly impact our program moving forward."
Borschel had a highly successful career at Iowa, which culminated with a national title during his senior year at the 2010 NCAA Championships. En route to his championship, he compiled a perfect 37-0 record and his first Big Ten title as the Hawkeyes won both the conference and national tournaments. Borschel was selected as Iowa's Male Athlete of the Year and the Jesse Owens Award nominee for the 2009-10 academic year.
The Marion, Iowa, native also reached All-America status his first year on the mat with the Hawkeyes, placing third at the 2008 NCAA Championships as a sophomore. He competed three years for the Hawkeyes after transferring from Virginia Tech, but was part of Iowa's three NCAA and Big Ten championship teams during his tenure.
Borschel and Iowa also were nearly unbeatable in dual matches during his time at the school. He went 62-3 in duals, including a 21-1 mark in Big Ten action at 174 lbs. As a team, Iowa was 68-1-0 and a perfect 24-0 in Big Ten duals from 2007-10.
Academics also were a priority for Borschel during his time at Iowa as he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time NWCA All-Academic award winner. He graduated from Iowa in 2010 with a degree in biology.
Borschel and his wife Jillian Perry reside in Evanston. The couple gave birth to a baby boy, Milo, on March 20, 2013, which was the night before the first day of the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships.