Wrestling: Greg Kerkvliet Dominates Opening Rounds of U23 World Freestyle Championships

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Andy Vance's picture

Update on when Team USA will be back on the mats in the semifinals:

Andy Vance's picture

Update: Russians are still incredibly good at wrestling.

Knarcisi's picture

Freaking Russians, man. Rocky should have done away with them after Rocky IV. 

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BuckeyeLawyer's picture

Any thoughts as to whether Kerkvliet starts at heavyweight as a freshman over Singletary?

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Andy Vance's picture

Ohio State's staff is being conspicuously silent on this. Over the summer, he told reporters that he planned to redshirt - and he qualifies for an Olympic redshirt, too - but a month ago on the Steelwood Radio podcast he said he was ready to compete now.

Obviously since he and returning heavyweight Chase Singletary were both on the U23 World Team they did not face off at the Wrestle-off event, and I doubt we see them at the Michigan State Open this weekend coming off their trip to Budapest.

But if he does in fact compete, I'd be shocked if he didn't win the spot, and that's no shade to Singletary - it's that I believe Kerk is going to be a title contender in pretty short order.

iowabuckeyes's picture

Which again begs the question I’ve been asking for years: why doesn’t the NCAA have a 220 weight class when high school and international (92 kg) both do? If it did, Kerkvliet and Singletary would be in separate weight classes. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Andy Vance's picture

My gut reaction in the Kyle Snyder era was that we needed 220 - a "light heavyweight" class, if you will - but I saw an interesting discussion on the topic among some of the national wrestling reporters and pundits this summer. The gist of their stance, and it was darn-near consensus, was that there aren't enough guys in that 215-225 range to justify adding a class there. If you add an 11th class, they argued, it would be better served in the middleweights where you frequently have more bodies than you have starting spots.

bucks22's picture

Its hard to say that there arent enough wrestlers in that range because wrestlers know there isnt a weight class so they typically either cut weight or gain weight to better wrestle the heavyweights.  Snyder was a freak of nature and could wrestle guys 30-40 pounds heavier than him.  Nobody else can really do that so of course there wont be many wrestlers in that range.

I think if you added a 220 weight class you would see more wrestlers at that weight instead of cutting the weight to get to 197 or gaining weight to wrestle heavyweights.  If they came out and said for the 2021 wrestling season there would be a 220 weight class I believe you would see a good number of quality wrestlers at that weight.  

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Silver Sniper's picture

Would the Russians want an OSU education??

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Defiance's picture

Asking for a (Russian) friend...

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Hmmm, looks like no one's Russian to get back to you on this...

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks again Andy - your wrestling coverage is second to none.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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