Steveson holds off Kerkvliet in high school wrestling battle for the ages

Vince McMahon would have been proud.

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

Mega-match scheduled at Simley

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.

Kerkvliet is a reigning Cadet World champion. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com

Simley wrestler Daniel Kerkvliet manhandling the competition

Simley High School wrestler Daniel Kerkvliet could not get open, so he took matters into his own hands.

Literally.

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

Simley provides the drama, goes three for three at Foley

By Brian Jerzak

What a great night of wrestling at Foley High School Friday night.

It is always a treat to watch the high-level guys compete up close and personal. The skill possessed by guys like Simley’s Cael Berg, Jake Gliva and Daniel Kerkvliet, Patrick McKee from St. Michael-Albertville and Mitch Trigg from Foley is always a treat.

In a quad with blue blood wrestling programs like Simley, STMA and Foley I came into the night not expecting to come away after the first pair of dual meets most impressed by the only unranked team in the Falcons’ gymnasium Friday night. Although Bemidji lost their opening dual against Simley, they put on a show for the fans.

Trailing 10-0 and then 17-5 the Lumberjacks used a string of bonus point victories together to take a six-point lead with two matches to go. When facing the Spartans however, having a lead late doesn’t mean much when Daniel Kerkvliet and Like Zaiser anchor the lineup. Both Spartans’ wrestlers did what was expected and put up 12 team points to win the dual 37-31. Continue reading

GG35: Cadet World Champion Daniel Kerkvliet of Simley

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.

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