Jake Kettler wrestled at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials in Greco-Roman (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
Jake Kettler, a 2012 Olympic Team Trials qualifier in Greco-Roman at 120 kilos, informed InterMat that he will be transferring from the University of Minnesota to George Mason University.
Kettler, a 2009 graduate of Anoka (Minn.) High School, took an Olympic redshirt during the 2011-12 season. He has been among the nation's top Greco-Roman heavyweights on the senior level over the past two years. Kettler placed sixth at the U.S. Open this year and fourth at the U.S. Open in 2011. He has placed in the top four at several international wrestling events, including the Haavisto Cup (Finland), New York AC International, and Sunkist Kids International.
As a redshirt in 2009-10 for Minnesota, Kettler posted a 17-4 record, which included tournament titles at the Kaufman-Brand Open and North Country Open. He followed that season up by posting a 14-7 mark as a redshirt freshman.
Kettler was a Minnesota state champion in 2009. He was also a Junior National double All-American in Fargo, finishing runner-up in the Junior National freestyle competition.
Kettler is the second high-profile upperweight to commit to George Mason this spring. On April 11, Matt Meadows, who is ranked ninth at 220 pounds by InterMat, announced his plans to wrestle for George Mason.