Jake Varner

March 24, 1986 - Present

2012 was a stellar year for Jake Varner. He won an Olympic gold medal at the London games; a gold at the Pan American Games; and a bronze medal at the Ivan Yarygin Memorial International.

He competed in three World Championships, winning a bronze medal in 2011 and finishing ninth in 2009.

He was the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up behind eventual Olympic champion Kyle Snyder.

At Iowa State University, Jake won national titles at 197 pounds in 2009 and 2010 after finishing second at 184 pounds in 2007 and 2008.

In his final three years of college, he lost only three matches, by a combined total of two points.

At Bakersfield High School, Jake was a two-time high school state champion and four-time state qualifier in one-class California, compiling a career record of 159-10 with 132 falls.

Named Outstanding Wrestler in 2005, he was the only wrestler in California history to pin all six opponents in the state tournament.

He was the California winner of the Hall of Fame’s Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 2005.

The summer after graduating high school, he qualified for the 2005 FILA Junior World Freestyle Championships, defeating Jake Herbert, who had finished fourth at the 2005 NCAA Division I Championships. However, he was unable to compete after suffering a broken leg in the team’s first on-site practice.

Jake was a two-time Midlands Tournament champion and a three-time NWCA All-Star Classic champion.

Jake was named Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year twice and was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.

A two-time champion at the Reno Tournament of Champions, he was the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2004 Brute Nationals.

He was an assistant wrestling coach at Penn State University from 2016 to 2021, when he was promoted to head the Penn State Olympic Regional Training Center.

For his exceptional and dominant wrestling career including an Olympic gold medal, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Jake Varner as a Distinguished Member.

Awards:

Year
2022
Award
Distinguished Member
Chapter/Region
National
Year
2005
Award
Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award
Chapter/Region
California

All American Awards:

Season
2010
School
Iowa State
Tournament
Division I
Weight
197
Place
1
Season
2009
School
Iowa State
Tournament
Division I
Weight
197
Place
1
Season
2008
School
Iowa State
Tournament
Division I
Weight
184
Place
2
Season
2007
School
Iowa State
Tournament
Division I
Weight
184
Place
2

College Season Records:

Season
2010
School
Iowa State
Class
Senior
Bouts
31
Wins
31
Losses
0
Ties
0
Falls
10
Win PCT.
100
Place
1st
Season
2009
School
Iowa State
Class
Junior
Bouts
33
Wins
31
Losses
2
Ties
0
Falls
12
Win PCT.
93.94
Place
1st
Season
2008
School
Iowa State
Class
Sophomore
Bouts
30
Wins
29
Losses
1
Ties
0
Falls
7
Win PCT.
96.67
Place
1st
Season
2007
School
Iowa State
Class
Freshman
Bouts
37
Wins
30
Losses
7
Ties
0
Falls
13
Win PCT.
81.08
Place
2nd
Season
Career
Bouts
131
Wins
121
Losses
10
Ties
0
Falls
42
Win PCT.
92.37

All Rankings:

Season
2010
Rank Date
10/19/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
11/03/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
11/18/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
11/24/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
12/15/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
12/22/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
12/28/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
01/05/2010
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
12/01/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2010
Rank Date
12/08/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
01/20/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
01/27/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
02/03/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
02/10/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
02/17/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
02/24/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
10/16/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
11/11/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
11/18/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
11/26/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
12/02/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
12/09/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
12/16/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
12/23/2008
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2009
Rank Date
01/13/2009
Weight
197
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
11/13/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
11/21/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
11/27/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
12/04/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
12/11/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
12/18/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
01/02/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
01/09/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
01/16/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
01/22/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
01/29/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
02/05/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
02/13/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
02/19/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
02/26/2008
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State
Season
2008
Rank Date
10/23/2007
Weight
184
Rank
1
School
Iowa State

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