World silver medalist Herbert set to compete this fall

After two years away from competition, Jake Herbert is back.

The 29-year-old Herbert announced that he will compete this fall for the first time since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"I really can't wait to show the world what I can do in 2015 and 2016," Herbert said Saturday on Takedown Radio."

Herbert, a two-time NCAA champion at Northwestern, claimed a World silver medal in 2009, and represented the U.S. at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympic Games in 2012 before stepping away from competition. He will compete at 86 kilos, and is looking forward to the opportunity to compete against 23-year-old rising star Ed Ruth, who made his first U.S. World Team this year.

"Ed Ruth is looking fantastic," said Herbert. "I'm very, very, very excited to wrestle him because he's going to bring out the best in me. He's a three-time NCAA champion. He's a Pennsylvania boy. I couldn't be more proud of what he's done at Penn State and what he's looking to do. I'm hoping that he comes away with gold this year."

Herbert, along with Andy Hrovat, founded Double Leg Ninja Clothing, and the two developed a BASE Wrestling system. Herbert is training at the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"I want to help the sport," Herbert said. "I want to make sure that it's around when I'm 50, when I'm 60, when I have kids and grand kids. I want to make sure that wrestling is in the Olympics, that wrestling is succeeding."

Listen to the full interview from Saturday's episode of Takedown Radio.


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Buckeye Ben (1) about 3 and a half years ago
Great interview - great wrestler - great man!