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North Allegheny grad, Olympian Herbert home again

REUTERS - Freestyle wrestler Jake Herbert poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas May 15, 2012. Reuters
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Freestyle wrestler Jake Herbert poses for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas May 15, 2012.  Reuters
REUTERS - Freestyle wrestler Jake Herbert stretches while posing for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas, May 15, 2012. REUTERS
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Freestyle wrestler Jake Herbert stretches while posing for a portrait during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Dallas, Texas, May 15, 2012.  REUTERS
AP - Jake Herbert, top, puts Travis Paulson on his back during their 84-kilogram freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Jake Herbert, top, puts Travis Paulson on his back during their 84-kilogram freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP - Jake Herbert reacts after defeating Travis Paulson, left, in their 84-kilogram freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Jake Herbert reacts after defeating Travis Paulson, left, in their 84-kilogram freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP - Jake Herbert speaks during a news conference, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa.  The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Jake Herbert speaks during a news conference, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa.  The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By John Grupp
Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:32 a.m.
 

Olympic freestyle wrestler Jake Herbert will be back in town this weekend for a fundraiser in advance of his trip to the 2012 London Games.

The North Allegheny High School standout and two-time NCAA champion at Northwestern said the fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Oxford Athletic Club in Pine will help defray his medical expenses and physical therapy costs.

“It's to keep my head above water,” Herbert said.

Herbert, 27, qualified for the London Games when he beat his former roommate and training partner, Travis Paulson, in a best-of-three final last month to win the 185-pound freestyle class at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials in Iowa City, Iowa.

Herbert, who went 149-4 at Northwestern and was the runner-up in the 2009 world championships, lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., and trains with the renowned Cliff Keen Wrestling Club. On Tuesday, the four-time NCAA All-American attended the Olympic Media Summit in Dallas, where he met fellow Olympians and was introduced to reporters and photographers from around the country.

“It was great getting to see all of the other athletes and hearing everyone's story,” he said. “All of the Olympians are inspiring. To be an Olympian, you are not an average person.”

Herbert will be spending time with family and friends this weekend before returning to Ann Arbor to resume training.

He also will be working out at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and taking part in a training camp and competition in Poland in mid-June.

John Grupp is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jgrupp@tribweb.com or 412-320-7930.

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