No. 1 recruit Kerkvliet plans to compete as true freshman at Ohio State

Greg Kerkvliet wrestling Jordan Wood at the U23 Nationals (Photo/Sam Janicki,

Greg Kerkvliet, the nation's No. 1 high school recruit in the Class of 2019, is expected to compete for a spot in Ohio State's lineup as a true freshman and not redshirt.

"Anything can happen, but as of now the plan is to go," Kerkvliet recently told Steelwood Radio.

He said he currently weighs around 235 pounds, but plans on getting up to 250 to 260 pounds. Kerkvliet will compete at the U23 World Championships on Oct. 29-30 in Budapest, Hungary.

Earlier this year, Kerkvliet said that he planned to redshirt for the 2019-20 season, but that plan has changed. Ohio State also returns NCAA qualifier Chase Singletary at heavyweight.

Kerkvliet was a four-time state champion in Minnesota. He reached the finals of the Cadet World Championships in freestyle twice, winning a gold medal in 2017 and a silver in 2018.


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