Sept. 25, 2013
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Northwestern graduate Jake Herbert (Class of 2009) has been named to the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles’ (FILA) newly formed Athlete Commission
Herbert, along with six other athletes, was elected by their peers at the World Wrestling Championships.
The commission, which was part of the organization’s commitment to involve athletes in the international federation, includes three Olympic champions and wrestlers from three continents.
“As a 2012 Olympian and a World Silver Medalist, Jake has the platform to be a vital contributor to the FILA Athlete Commission,” Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano said. “Jake is a forward thinker and his ideas for the preservation and advancement of Olympic Wrestling are outstanding.”
A two-time NCAA Champion at 184 lbs. the 2009 Northwestern graduate was a silver medalist at the 2009 World Championships, a 2009 Hodge Trophy recipient and the third Wildcat wrestler to compete for the United States at the Olympics.
He represented the United States in the 84 kg/185 lbs. freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 London Olympics.
Herbert remains an active member for the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling.
One of the athletes will be elected by the members to serve on FILA’s governing body, the Bureau, and to serve as chairman of the committee. The voting was done by the athletes representing their countries at the World Wrestling
Championships. Each athlete who made weight at the world championships could nominate up to seven wrestlers for the committee.
“This is our new direction that we promised the IOC when we made our case to stay in the Olympic Games, “ said FILA President NenadLalovic. “We want our current athletes involved in what we do, how we do things and to be a big part of the future that we have as an excellent organization.”
Herbert is the only member of the United States to join the Athlete Commission and received the third most votes.
Maria Prevolaraki, Greece (101 votes)
Carol Huynh, Canada (100)
Jake Herbert, United States (97)
Kaori Icho, Japan (91)
Christophe Guenot, France (87)
Hamid Soryan Reihanpour, Iran (81)
Tomas Lorincz, Hungary (80)
FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. Based in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland, FILA works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world.
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