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Nation's No. 1 recruit Kerkvliet says he will redshirt at Ohio State

Greg Kerkvliet works for a pin at Minnesota's state wrestling tournament (Photo/Mary Christen, The Guillotine)

Greg Kerkvliet, the nation's No. 1 senior recruit by InterMat, says that he plans to redshirt during the 2019-20 season at Ohio State.

He spoke about it after beating NCAA All-American Jordan Wood of Lehigh to win the U23 World Team Trials Tournament at 125 kilograms on Sunday in Akron, Ohio.

"I'm going to redshirt, get bigger, stronger," Kerkvliet said in his post-match interview.

Ohio State heavyweight Chase Singletary, an NCAA qualifier as a redshirt freshman this past season, claimed the U23 World Team Trials title at 97 kilograms.

Five of the top eight heavyweights from the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are eligible to return next season. NCAA champion Anthony Cassar of Penn State was recently granted two more seasons of eligibility by the NCAA, according to a story on NJ.com. Steveson, who qualified for Final X at 125 kilograms, has stated that he plans to compete for the Gophers next season and not to take an Olympic redshirt.

Kerkvliet has torn his ACL twice in the last year. He had surgery to repair the first tear last year. He is most tear occurred at the Dmitriev Memorial in Russia on March 9. He says he has no plans to get his ACL repaired.

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