Jake Varner was elected to the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Jake Varner won Olympic gold in 2012, concluding a stellar year that saw him also win 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 a two-time NCAA Division I national champion and a four-time finalist for Iowa State. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up behind eventual Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, Varner won national titles at 197 pounds in 2009 and 2010 after finishing second at 184 pounds in 2007 and 2008. Varner 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 only wrestler in California history to pin all six opponents in the state tournament. Varner was the California winner of the Hall of Fame's Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 2005. He competed in the FILA Junior World Freestyle Championships in 2005 and was the 2005 recipient of the Wade Schalles Award. A two-time champion at the Reno Tournament of Champions, he was the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2004 Brute Nationals. Varner, who received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Iowa State, has been an assistant wrestling coach at Penn State University since 2016.

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