Simley Wrestler Wins Gold

Simley Wrestler Wins World Championship Gold
Posted on 09/11/2017
Simley's gold medal wrestlerIn the spring, Simley High School junior and two-time 2A wrestling state champion, Greg Kerkvliet, traveled to Ohio to try out for the United World Wrestling (UWW) Cadet Nationals. This summer, he returned from the 2017 Cadet World Championship with a gold medal.

Greg has been wrestling since he was in kindergarten. He said his goal has always been competing in world championships, so when he had the chance to try out for the UWW Cadet Nationals, he took it. Despite having had knee surgery only two weeks before trials, Greg earned a spot in Nationals. He trained with the top wrestlers and coaches, learning what he could from them, and won all of his matches to qualify for the World Championship in Athens, Greece.

At the World Championship in September, Greg wrestled the best athletes in the world while unable to straighten his arm due to an elbow injury. Still, he won all four matches by 10 points or more. He won his final match against Russia’s Ismail-Bek Nirov 2-1, earning the 100kg gold medal. Greg’s win also helped America earn four golds in the Men’s Freestyle World Championship, something that has not happened in nearly 25 years, and place second as a team.

Greg hopes to compete in more state, national, and world championships in the future and maybe even the Olympics. After the Cadet level, which consists of competitors ages 15-17, Greg will be able to compete in Junior-, University-, and Senior-level championships.

Click here to read the FloWrestling story about Greg's world championship win.