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    Pariano's Blog No. 3: Final Preparations

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    Northwestern wrestling head coach Drew Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski will be in London for the final days of the 2012 Summer Olympics supporting NU graduate Jake Herbert as he competes in the 84 kg freestyle competition. The two are in London from Aug. 8-15 and Pariano will provide a number of blogs leading up to Jake's competition on Aug. 11 and while the coaching staff is in London. This is Pariano's final blog entry from the USA as he leaves for the Olympics tonight. Entry No. 4 will give fans a glimpse of what he's seeing in London.

    Jake Herbert posted this message along with a photo of the gold medal he is working for on his Facebook page: "So excited to know all my family is getting in (to London) soon. By family (I mean) not just blood related but everyone coming over to support me. I hope you all travel safe ... It's because of you all I am where I am today. I love you all and thank you."

    Jake will weigh-in at 84kg/185 pounds the night before the competition on August 10. Less than an hour after the weigh-in, the final pairings for the bracket will be released. If you go to, the release on Jake's draw will come out on Aug. 10 at roughly 4 p.m. CST.

    All wrestling competition is completed in one day and the matches will follow one another quickly. Jake will wrestle up to three times in a two-and-a-half hour period depending on his draw. Once the medal matches are determined, a two-hour break from competition will take place where the athletes will eat, rest and prepare for their medal match.

    Both Coach Cysewski and I are excited to be front and center to watch the US win multiple medals and the competition will take place at the Excel Center. There will be strong challenges from Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan for the seven contested weight classes. I am assuming that most people who are attending the games will want the complete experience (tours, local food, historic landmarks, etc). Tim and I are simply looking forward to the wrestling itself.

    Previous Entries:

    Blog No. 1: How It All Began

    Blog No. 2: The Competition

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