2x NCAA 3rd Place finisher Parker Keckeisen (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
During the 2021-22 preseason, InterMat debuted our top-50 wrestlers list and revealed all 50 day-by-day in the lead up to the regular season. Our second iteration of this feature will spotlight five wrestlers at a time, going from 50 to number one.
For each wrestler, we'll have some basic information along with career highlights, a brief analysis of their collegiate career (with a focus on last season), along with their outlook for the upcoming season.
For earlier wrestlers
#46 - 50
#41 - 45
#36 - 40
#31 - 35
#26 - 30
#21 - 35
20) Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)
2x NCAA All-American Greg Kerkvliet (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Weight: 285 lbs
Career Record: 32-7
Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Collegiate Accomplishments: 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 7th), 2022 Big Ten 3rd Place
2021 Top 50 Ranking: #50
Last year, Greg Kerkvliet barely made our list at #50, but that was based more on his potential moreso that his results from the 2021 campaign. Kerkvliet was hampered due to injury during his first year of attached competition at Penn State; however, he was more of his normal self last season. Kerkvliet had a 19-2 record before the NCAA Tournament with both of his defeats coming at the hands of Iowa's Tony Cassioppi. He even logged a trio of wins over 2021 NCAA runner-up Mason Parris of Michigan. Once in dual competition, another time at the B1G meet, and finally at nationals. An astounding nine of Kerkvliet's 22 victories came over past or eventual NCAA All-Americans.
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