Photo of Greg Kerkvliet by Mark Selders.
Daniel Greg Kerkvliet (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Penn State) has been selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on Nov. 18, 2021.
In Penn State’s opening weekend of competition, Kerkvliet helped the Nittany Lions to two dominant team performances over Sacred Heart, 47-3, and Oregon State, 32-7.
Wrestling at heavyweight, Kerkvliet, a 2021 NCAA All-American as a freshman, earned a second-period fall over Sacred Heart's Mark Blokh, preceded by seven takedowns. In the dual against Oregon State, Kerkvliet took on and dominated No. 24 Gary Traub with a 16-0 technical fall.
For his 2-0 weekend, Kerkvliet also earned the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor.
Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level.
To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications and Social Media Taylor Miller at email@example.com.