Apple Valley senior Gable Steveson certainly did his part as a promoter in the days leading up to Friday night’s much-anticipated high school wrestling showdown against Simley junior Daniel “Greg” Kerkvliet Jr. It was surprisingly close, but Steveson held on for a 3-2 win before a raucous crowd of 1,900 in Inver Grove Heights.
A dual meet between the two traditional state powers provided a worthy undercard, with the Class 3A Eagles claiming a 38-24 victory over their Class 2A foes.
“The whole atmosphere was great,” Kerkvliet said after his first loss since a freestyle match at Junior Duals last summer in Tulsa, Okla. “The hoopla around it, the media, everybody coming out — it was energetic. This was a big one.” Continue reading at www.twincities.com
World champs Steveson, Kerkvliet expected to face each other Friday night
One of the most anticipated matches of the Minnesota high school wrestling season – and one that couldn’t take place at the state tournament – is scheduled Friday evening at Simley High School.
On the large scale, the match between Apple Valley (ranked first in Class 3A) and Simley (ranked second in Class 2A) would be enticing enough for the sport’s followers. But they might be even more interested in the match within the match. Two world champions, Apple Valley’s Gable Steveson and Simley’s Daniel Kerkvliet, are expected to face each other in the heavyweight match. Steveson won the 264-pound weight class at the Junior World Championships last summer, and his victory also gave the United States the team championship. The previous two years, Steveson won Cadet World titles.
Simley High School wrestler Daniel Kerkvliet could not get open, so he took matters into his own hands.
Playing a relay game of speedball with fellow Spartans wrestlers before practice on Dec. 20, Kerkvliet picked up the guy covering him and placed him out of the way so that Kerkvliet could easily catch a pass. This young wrestler barely came up to Kerkvliet’s shoulder and had legs about the size of Kerkvliet’s arms.
Kerkvliet, a junior who turns 17 in February, stands above 6 feet and weighs 211 pounds, most of which is pure muscle, and he knows how to handle himself on the mat, even if it’s just during a game of speedball. Continue reading at www.twincities.com
Over the summer, Daniel Kerkvliet’s name, and his wrestling, rose to prominence with a gold medal at the 2017 UWW Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece. On Episode 35 of The Guillotine Grapevine, Kerkvliet talks about his start in wrestling, his teammates at both Simley High School and the PINnacle School of Wrestling and the recruiting process.
Earlier in November, Kerkvliet changed his verbal commitment from Minnesota to Oklahoma State. At 16, he’s got a lot of high school wrestling left as he looks to try to win another state championship after going 45-1 a year ago.
Cadet World Champion Daniel Kerkvliet has had a change in plans. The #3 ranked prospect for the class of 2019 originally committed to wrestle in his home state at the University of Minnesota back in October of 2016. Continue reading at www.flowrestling.org
ATHENS, Greece – The United States went three-for-three in Sunday night’s gold-medal finals of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Kurt McHenry won his second-consecutive Cadet World title, cruising to a 12-4 victory in the 46 kg/101 lbs. finals of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Sunday evening.
McHenry’s slick throw-by takedowns were the key in his gold-medal bout against 2016 Cadet World champion Giorgi Gegelashvili. He led 8-0 within the final minute, but the Georgian made it to the scoreboard with a takedown a turn with a trapped-arm gut to cut McHenry’s lead to 8-4. McHenry scored as the buzzer sounded on a four-point throw for a 12-4 win and his second World championship.
In their international debuts, Aaron Brooks and Daniel Kerkvliet also claimed World golds, defeating Russians in the 76 kg/167 lbs. and 100 kg/220 lbs. finals, respectively. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org
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