Simley’s Greg Kerkvliet Chosen as 2019 Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler

Simley’s four time state champion, Greg Kerkvliet has been chosen as the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association’s Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler for 2019. Kerkvliet completed an undefeated senior season by claiming his fourth state championship with a first period pin in the state finals. The Cadet World Champion has represented Simley High School and Minnesota wrestling in a very impressive fashion. Please read the letter below from Simley Head Coach to understand how impressive has been throughout his career.

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Post-surgery, Simley heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet ready to return to the mat — and dominate

Daniel “Greg” Kerkvliet was at the University of Minnesota last September training for the Junior World Championships when injury struck.

“I knew something was not right,” Kerkvliet said. “(My knee) bent inwards and I heard a couple cracks and pops.”

The result was a torn left ACL and MCL, and on Sept. 17, Kerkvliet went under the knife. Four months later, the best high school wrestler in the state — and possibly the country — is set to return to action Thursday when his Simley team takes on Tartan in a dual match.

Kerkvliet, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior who wrestles in the heavyweight division, initially was told his recovery period would take six to nine months. Continue reading at

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

#1 Daniel Kerkvliet Commits To Ohio State

The nation’s #1 ranked senior Daniel Gregory Kerkvliet has verbally committed to wrestle for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college.

It is a massive pickup for tOSU, who just graduated three-time NCAA champion Kyle Snyder this year. Kerkvliet’s announcement comes just two days after visiting Columbus, where he was seen on field at “The Horseshoe.” Continue reading at

Kerkvliet out of Junior World Championships, Elam to compete at 97 kg

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2017 Cadet World champion Daniel Greg Kerkvliet will miss the 2018 Junior World Championships after sustaining a recent injury. Kerkvliet was slated to suit up for the U.S. at 97 kg/213 lbs.

After winning a gold medal on the Cadet World stage last summer, Kerkvliet recently represented the United States once again at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July, where he finished with a silver medal. Continue reading at