Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Penn State Wrestling

Penn State Wrestling: Heavyweight Champ Announces his Future Plans

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Greg Kerkvliet

The NCAA heavyweight champion has one year of eligibility left, and Penn State wrestling fans have wondered if he was going to use it.

Now, the question has been answered.

In an Instagram post Wednesday night, Greg Kerkvliet announced his decision.

He’s coming back to use what will be his sixth and final year of eligibility.

With the misfortune of being in the same weight class and same conference as Hodge Trophy winners Gable Stevenson (Minnesota) and Mason Parris (Michigan), Kerkvliet never one a national or even a conference championship until this March. But he got both this year. He beat Ohio State’s Nick Feldman for the Big Ten title and Michigan’s Lucas Davison for the national championship less than two weeks later.

After winning that elusive national title, Kerkvliet was asked about his future plans in a post-match presser.

He said he hadn’t made a decision yet.

In between Kerkvliet’s national title win and announcing his return, Penn State wrestling got more good news. National runner-up Beau Bartlett (141) and four-time national champ Carter Starocci (174) each announced their decisions to come back. Although Starocci is far and away America’s best 174-pounder, he told reporters at the U.S. Olympic Trials that he and coach Cael Sanderson have talked about him moving up two weight classes to 197. Penn State will have a new 197-pounder in any case, with fellow four-time national champ Aaron Brooks being out of eligibility.

Brooks and Bernie Truax, who also wrestled his last eligible season in 2023-24, are the only two starters who won’t be returning to Penn State.

Considering last year’s team won the national title by 100 points and set the team scoring record, that’s a scary thought for the rest of the nation.

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

More from Nittany Sports Now

Penn State Wrestling

0 Penn State wrestling has hired its man to replace Jimmy Kennedy as an assistant coach. As would be expected, PSU didn’t have to...

Penn State Wrestling

0 Last week, Penn State wrestling legend Aaron Bros said he’d know for sure whether he’d be able to compete in this year’s Summer Olympics...

Penn State Wrestling

0 Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson has a decision to make over this offseason. The wrestling world was shocked earlier this month when Oklahoma...

Penn State Wrestling

0 A former Penn State wrestling national champion is getting into coaching. Less than a month after leaving his shoes in the middle of the...