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Jake Herbert (born March 6, 1985) of Ann Arbor, Michigan is an American amateur wrestler. Herbert won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at 84 kg FS and competed in the 2012 Olympics.[1]

Jake Herbert
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Personal information
Born (1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 34)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidenceAnn Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CountryUnited States
SportFreestyle wrestling
Event(s)–84 kg
College teamNorthwestern Wildcats
ClubCliff Keen Wrestling Club
Coached bySean Bormet
Updated on 24 August 2012.

High schoolEdit

Born in Pittsburgh, Herbert was a Pennsylvania state champion and four-time state placer at North Allegheny High School of Wexford, Pennsylvania.[2]

He is the cousin of singer Josh Herbert[3]


Herbert was a two-time NCAA champion, three-time Big Ten Conference champion, and four-time NCAA All-American. He went 149-4 while at Northwestern University.[4][5] He won the 2009 Dan Hodge Trophy awarded to the best college wrestler in the nation[2] and the 2009 Big Ten Athlete of the Year award.


Herbert won a silver medal at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships at 84kg FS competed at the 2010 World Wrestling Championships at 84kg FS.[6]

Herbert defeated Travis Paulson 2 to 1 at the finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.[7]

Herbert currently works with Andy Hrovat, who represented the United States at 84 kg FS in the 2008 Olympics.[8]

Herbert came very close to obtaining a medal in the 2012 Olympics, but missed the opportunity due to a controversial referee's call.[9]


  1. ^ Barnas, Jo-Ann (April 29, 2012). "Olympian credits move to Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  2. ^ a b "Jake Herbert Profile - Northwestern University Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  3. ^ Slippery Rock University, SRU Website. "Josh Herbert Musician". SRU. SRU. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "North Allegheny grad, Olympian Herbert home again". triblive. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ "About". Jake Herbert. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  6. ^ "USA Wrestling". Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  7. ^ "USA Wrestling". Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  8. ^ "Andy Hrovat: My Road to the Olympics (Part III)". Cliff Keen Wrestling Club. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  9. ^ McCollough, J. Brady (August 12, 2012). "Jake Herbert: Controversial calls prevent him from winning a medal". Post Gazette. Retrieved 12 August 2012.