BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Head coach Joe Boardwine announced the signing of Jacob Laden of Clackamas Community College (Ore.) to the Campbell wrestling team today. Laden, from Butte, Mont., is projected to wrestle at the 285 or 197-pound spot for the Camels in the upcoming season.
"We are really happy to sign Jake Laden," Boardwine said. "He came highly recommended by his coach, Josh Rhoden, and right away when I met him I just really liked his mentality toward training, humble attitude about himself, and desire to help others. This is a really mature and solid guy who is going to be very successful in all aspects of life. From a wrestling standpoint, he gives us a great boost in the upper weights. I think his best wrestling is definitely ahead of him. He started wrestling in 9th grade, and a few years later he's placing at NHSCA Senior Nationals, and then the NJCAA Nationals a year later; that is not easy to do."
Laden placed 4that the NJCAA nationals at 285 pounds and was a two-time national qualifier for Clackamas, one of the top junior college programs in the nation.
At University High School (Wash.) he was a NHSCA High School All-American and finished sixth at nationals in 2011 in the 285-pound spot. Laden was a three-time Washington state qualifier and a three-time state place winner. In his three state championship appearances, he was named champion, runner-up and third place.
"He loves to train and to prepare to compete, and those are two things a lot of good wrestlers don't like to do, but are musts for success at this level of wrestling," Boardwine continued. "Overall he is just the right type of wrestler and person and at the right weight range that we need to keep moving our program towards winning a conference championship and getting NCAA All-Americans."
Laden earned his Associates Degree from Clackamas and is interested in studying social work at Campbell in the fall.