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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Simley wins three of four swing matches – heads back to State

By Brian Jerzak

In a perfect world, Kasson Mantorville and Simley should be meeting in the state semi-finals or even the finals. For the second straight year, they instead met in the Section 1AA finals with a trip to State on the line. After both teams rolled through the quarters and semis, the matchup everyone expected got going.

Simley head coach Will Short expected the dual to hinge on four swing matches – the first of which started the meet. It did not go the way the Spartans wanted.

Kasson Mantorville’s 106-pound senior Jace Minelli was taken down in period one and was not given the benefit of the doubt on a possible escape near the edge of the mat to keep the score 2-0. After Minelli was ridden out in the second period, the third period started on the feet with the senior down 2-0. He got in on a single leg, converted the takedown and rode out the remainder of the period to force overtime. Minelli would get an escape in the first overtime and was able to ride out his opponent for a critical win and a 3-0 lead.

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Cadet World champ Greg Kerkvliet nearing return from ACL tear

It won’t be this weekend.

Greg Kerkvliet has a time frame when he will return to competition.

That is positive thought for the two-time Cadet World finalist and 2017 Cadet World champion from Simley (Minn.) High School.

It is been almost four full months since Kerkvliet suffered an ACL injury in September while preparing for the Junior World Championships and the recovery time has had its positives and negatives.

“I’d say realizing how much being on the mat means to a person, just wanting to do anything to get back on the mat,” Kerkvliet said of the most challenging part of the rehab process. Continue reading at

No. 21 Simley wins Minnesota Christmas Tournament

The showcase event of Minnesota’s regular season in high school wrestling happened the last two days in Rochester, as the Minnesota Christmas Tournament featured 40 teams. It includes the vast majority of Minnesota’s best teams, plus a few teams from out of state (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma). After the two days of wrestling were completed, a mere five points (204.5-199.5) separated a pair of top 25 teams in the country.

Despite just having nine wrestlers (six in the quarters) remaining after day one, No. 21 Simley surged on day two to put a tournament-high eight on the podium. And that was with Greg Kerkvliet (285) and two-time state medalist Cael Berg (138) out of the lineup. The Spartans were led by weight class champion Ryan Sokol (132), who scored a 20-5 technical fall over state champion Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian, Ill.) in the championship match.

Also placing for Simley were three third place finishers, including Cadet freestyle champion Quayin Short (182), whose lone loss was a 7-4 defeat against state champion Cade King (Owatonna). Other medalists were those taking fourth, fifth, seventh, and eight. 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