Injury, international disappointment weigh on Daniel Greg Kerkvliet, Minnesota’s top prep wrestler

Daniel Greg Kerkvliet is getting restless.

The state’s top high school wrestler was training for the World Junior Wrestling Championships in Trnava, Slovakia, in September, determined to rid himself of the unsatisfactory flavor of a runner-up finish at the Cadet World Championships in July, when the unthinkable happened.

Practicing a single-leg takedown, he had his partner hooked when his left knee caved in. A torn ACL. A change in plans.

“They had me stay home,” said Kerkvliet, a 6-3, 240-pound trunk of sinewy strength. “I was hoping to right a wrong and prove that I’m better than I showed at the Cadet Juniors. It was pretty disappointing.” Continue reading at

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