Former Simley wrestler Daniel Kerkvliet went 2-2 and placed fifth at the UWW U23 World Championships competing on October 29th-30th in Budapest, Hungary.
Kerkvliet, who wrestled freestyle at 125 kg (275.5 lbs.), defeated Lior Altshuler of Israel 10-0 in his first match. He then pinned Salim Ercan of Turkey at 2:34 in the quarterfinals.
Kerkvliet lost 10-0 in the semifinals to Vitali Goloev of Russia and lost to Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur of Mongolia 4-4 in the bronze medal match. Kerkvliet gave up a step-out to Munkhtur in the closing seconds to tie the match on the scoreboard and he appeared to have captured the bronze on criteria because Munkhtur had a caution. But Mongolia challenged the step-out and after a video review, the referees ruled that Kerkvliet’s step-out should be a caution and one point for the Mongolian. With equal cautions, Munkhtur won on criteria as the last to score.
Kerkvliet is currently in his true-freshman year at Ohio State.
Former Kasson-Mantorville wrestler Brady Berge went 0-2 at the Championships.
Berge, wrestling at 74 kg (163 pounds), lost his first match to the eventual World Champion Razambek Zhamalov of Russia 5-1. In repechage, Berge fell to Baliyan Gourav of India by injury default and was eliminated.
Berge is currently a redshirt-sophomore at Penn State.
The 2019 U23 World Championships runs from October 28th through November 3rd.