Kerkvliet out of Junior World Championships, Elam to compete at 97 kg

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Sept. 10, 2018, 11:48 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2017 Cadet World champion Daniel Greg Kerkvliet will miss the 2018 Junior World Championships after sustaining a recent injury. Kerkvliet was slated to suit up for the U.S. at 97 kg/213 lbs.

After winning a gold medal on the Cadet World stage last summer, Kerkvliet recently represented the United States once again at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July, where he finished with a silver medal.

Taking Kerkvliet’s place at Junior World is World Team Trials runner-up Zach Elam. A freshman at Mizzou, Elam is a 2017 Junior Freestyle national champion and finished second at the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals in Las Vegas in April.

The Junior World Championships are set for Sept. 17-22 in Trnava, Slovakia.