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Olympic Wrestler and NCAA Champion Jake Herbert Contemplates Athletic Future
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.23.2013

MMAjunkie has a report up on 2012 Olympic wrestler and NCAA division 1 wrestling champion, Jake Herbert, who is contemplating his future in amateur wrestling and perhaps a move in MMA. Below are some highlights:

Herbert's thoughts on teaching kids: "What I got to do today with these kids, that's awesome. I've gotten to reach about 260 kids just this summer in these four camps I've done. I got to go to Alaska, to Hawaii, to Pittsburgh, then here to Montana. I love it. I love teaching kids, and I'm good at it. I'm not going to cure cancer. I'm not going to write a book that changes people's lives. I'm just not going to change the world that way. The way I can change the world the most is with these kids."

Herbert on how its tough to make a living as an amateur wrestler: "I was at the top of the game, making the most I could make for wrestling, and that's $1,200 a month stipend from USA Wrestling. Then I got a $25,000 bonus for taking second in the world. So there's not money in it. If I wanted to make money, I wouldn't be wrestling I'd be using my degree."

Herbert on abandoning career opportunities to help save the Olympic wrestling for 2020: "I dropped everything and started working with Save Olympic Wrestling, then went right into my camps. Wrestling, it's given me options. I could go to Singapore and start fighting right now, or I could call up almost any college in the nation and say, 'Hey, I want to come coach,' and they'd find a way to make it happen. That's all from wrestling, and from being an Olympian."

Herbert on possibly going into MMA and where he might only make $8,000 to show and $8,000 win to start: "I'll take that offer $16,000 and all I have to do is beat someone in a fight? Sure."

On the dangers of fighting and possible brain injuries: "That's what I'm a little worried about, but I talk to these guys. I've asked [Daniel] Cormier and Phil Davis and Ben Askren and all these guys, how does this compare to wrestling? Because they did it. They know how hard on the body wrestling is. My body hurts me now, so I wanted to know how hard the training is with respect to wrestling. They all say it's easier on the body."


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