Greg Kerkvliet: One Of The Nation’s Best Young Big Men

Akron has a way of letting kids kick the door in and show themselves off to the world. Every year, there’s at least one breakthrough athlete who blows us away at the UWW Cadet Nationals.

Daniel (Greg) Kerkvliet was that man this year. If you don’t know who he is, you will now. A two-time Minnesota state champ with an 89-3 career record in high school, he will be our 100kg freestyle representative at the Cadet world championships in Athens, Greece.

While Kerkvliet had a strong resume coming into the weekend, he lacked a signature tournament victory. This one just happens to give him a shot to win a world medal in September. Previously, he beat No. 9 Patrick Brucki and No. 11 Jacob Raschka at the Cheesehead in January, as well as a Folkstyle nationals title in April. His only loss in Fargo last year was to eventual champ Braxton Amos. Continue reading at