Churella, Herbert to Host Wolverines' Final Free Pre-Meet Clinic
Jake Herbert

Jan. 4, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan wrestling program will host its final free wrestling clinic of the 2011-12 season on Friday, Jan. 13, from 5-6 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. The clinic is open to all ages and skill levels and will feature technique instruction from Ryan Churella and Jake Herbert as well as members of the Michigan team. No registration is necessary, and video cameras will be permitted.

Following the clinic, the Wolverines will square off against Indiana at 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena. All clinic participants will receive free admission to the meet and a food voucher. Accompanying parents and coaches are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance via the U-M Ticket Office.

Churella (2003-06) was a three-time NCAA All-American and just the eighth Wolverine in program history to win three Big Ten Conference titles, at 149 and 165 pounds. In his final season at Michigan, Churella posted a near-perfect 29-1 record and advanced to the 165-pound final at the NCAA Championships. His 117-18 career record places him sixth in the U-M record book for career winning percentage (.867) and 17th in career wins. He also ranks ninth among the all-time pin leaders with 35 career falls.

The most decorated wrestler in Northwestern program history, Herbert was a two-time NCAA 184-pound champ and a four-time All-American (2005-07, '09). He captured three Big Ten titles and posted an incredible 149-4 career record, including a 66-match win streak over this final two seasons. Herbert was presented the Dan Hodge Trophy and the Big Ten's Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year award after his senior campaign.

Herbert also has excelled internationally, representing the United States in the 84kg/185-pound freestyle division at two World Championships (2009, '10). He was named the 2009 USA Wrestling Freestyle Wrestler of the Year after claiming the silver medal at the former world event and is a two-time World University bronze medalist (2006, '08). More recently, Herbert captured gold at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is currently training in Ann Arbor for the 2012 Olympic Games.

For any further information regarding the clinics, please contact the Michigan wrestling office at 734-647-0248 or email

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Contact: Wrestling Office (734) 647-0248

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