<b>Rev Blog: Jake Herbert (Northwestern), Entry 2</b>
Jake Herbert, Northwestern University
Well, it is time for another blog entry! Our practices have steadily picked up regarding the intensity in the room.
Up to this point, things are going great. Everyone in the weight room is making great strides and we are working hard on the mats. Coach Scherr and Coach Bertin have been outstanding and we look to them for technical support. They understand what it takes to win national championships!
Recruiting is coming to an end and I believe that we are targeting our team needs. It is no longer a secret that NU is a university that can attract the very best talent. Some guys don't enjoy recruiting at other schools, but I look at it this way … I plan on making the recruits studs after they become my teammates! I also view it like this … I will help them and they, in turn, will make me a national champion (and they will help me reach my goal of making the Olympic team next year).
Jake Herbert (Photo/John Sachs)Practice has been very business-like of late and the intensity in the room is right where it should be. We are going long goes and we are focusing on match preparation. Our first tournament of the year is now just five days away. It all begins with the Eastern Michigan Open!
I think that our entire team and the staff will use it as a gauge to see where we stand. Personally, I will be disappointed if we don't bring home four titles and have at least six guys in the finals. We tend to hold each other accountable and it is the type of attitude that we strive for each and every day.
I am aware that it's not known as the toughest tournament, but I am really excited to watch the freshmen compete for the fist time in their college careers. Once again, it is my goal to dominate everyone that I wrestle … starting with this tournament. I want all pins and technical falls. If I don't do this, it means that I need to work harder for the next time I go out on the mat. If I do accomplish all pins and techs, then it means that I have to work harder for the next time. Perfection is the key.
By the time that I write another blog, I will have won a tournament title … and in my mind, I will be one step closer to winning my NCAA title and getting to the top of the USA Wrestling ladder.
Entry 1 (10/17/06)