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2019 No. 1 recruit Kerkvliet headed to Penn State

Greg Kerkvliet gets his hand raised after a win at the U23 World Championships (Photo/Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling)

Greg Kerkvliet, the nation's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2019, is headed to Penn State.

He made the announcement Thursday on Instagram.


After originally committing to Minnesota and then Oklahoma State in high school, Kerkvliet signed with Ohio State.

A true freshman, Kerkvliet had yet to wrestle a single match for the Buckeyes. Earlier this year, Kerkvliet had indicated he would take a redshirt this season. However, in a radio interview this summer with Steelwood Radio, Kerkvliet said he planned to participate in Ohio State's wrestle-offs this past week to challenge Chase Singletary, the team's starter at 285 pounds. However, both Buckeye big men were in Budapest, Hungary to participate in the U23 Freestyle World Championships, where Kerkvliet eventually placed fifth at 125 kilograms.

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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