#1 Daniel Kerkvliet Commits To Ohio State

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The nation's #1 ranked senior Daniel Gregory Kerkvliet has verbally committed to wrestle for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college.

It is a massive pickup for tOSU, who just graduated three-time NCAA champion Kyle Snyder this year. Kerkvliet's announcement comes just two days after visiting Columbus, where he was seen on field at "The Horseshoe."

The senior out of Simley, Minnesota is the top-ranked prospect on the 2019 Big Board. He becomes the fourth Top-100 recruit to verbal to Ohio State from this class. The others are Jordan and Jacob Decatur, as well as Dylan D'Emilio, all of whom are from Ohio.

It is not clear what this means for Chase Singletary, the Buckeyes' current 285 pounder. Kerkvliet is the top-rated heavyweight in the country, though perhaps Tom Ryan and his staff could be looking at him to be a 197 for a year or two after Kollin Moore graduates. If that is not the case, Kerkvliet likely takes over at heavyweight either immediately next year or in the 2020-21 season after redshirting. If he takes an Olympic redshirt next year, that timetable could be extended to start in the 2021-22 season.

Although he is currently ranked #1 at 220lbs, he will not be competing in any high school events this season. The three-time Minnesota state champ will be spending his year at the OTC, where he will likely try to wrestle in at least one college open and freestyle tournaments overseas.

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Back in July, Kerkvliet re-opened his recruiting process and provided us with a new school list, of which Ohio State was one of four schools he would be visiting, along with Penn State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

While signing day is not until November 14th, this likely concludes the long tale of Kerkvliet's recruiting saga. He originally committed to the in-state Gophers in fall of 2016, back when it was thought he would still be a 197 in college. However, in November of 2017, he switched his verbal to the Cowboys. This was a few months after Gable Steveson committed to be Minnesota's heavyweight of the future.

It is not hard to see why all of the top schools were chasing after Kerkvliet's National Letter of Intent. He won the 100kg Cadet world title last year and was the 110kg runner-up at Cadet worlds in early July. Additionally, he dominated his way onto the Junior world team at 97kg, but he will miss that due to injury.

By The Numbers: Iowa & Oklahoma State's Season So Far

The Hawkeyes and Cowboys are on a collision course scheduled for impact on Sunday, February 24th in historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. Both teams are loaded, with marquee matchups slated for just about every weight. Both teams have also gone through plenty of changes this season. We breakdown their respective journeys below. 

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Second Coaches Poll And RPI Breakdown

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The second coaches' poll was released this week, this time with an RPI accompaniment. Over 400 individual wrestlers made at least one of the lists. We've copied those two lists at the end of this article. Before them is a breakdown of the implications of both lists. 

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Daton Fix's Path To The 1 Seed At NCAAs

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Daton Fix came into his redshirt freshman year as one of the most hyped recruits in history, having won a Junior world title in 2017 and wrestling in Final X before ever wearing the Oklahoma State singlet.

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Iowa Travels To Wisconsin On Sunday With B1G Seeding Implications At 165

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Iowa finishes up their Big Ten schedule this weekend, starting with senior day against Indiana at Carver Hawkeye on Friday. Two days later, they make the trip to Madison to close out their conference duals.

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Can Oklahoma State End Missouri's 35-Match Winning Streak This Saturday?

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The #4 Oklahoma State Cowboys and #10 Missouri Tigers renew their rivalry this weekend in Columbia. The home team owns a 35-dual winning streak, which includes last year's 21-19 win in Stillwater.

Chris Ayers' 7 Ways To Defend A Leg Rider

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Plenty of us have had trouble with a tough/savvy leg rider. 

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Jody Strittmatter's Spencer Lee-Like Top Game

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Spencer Lee is an absolute hammer on top. 

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FRL 353: 165lb Big Ten Seeds + Micic/Suriano Will Tell Us A Lot About 133

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FRL 353 - 165lb Big Ten Seeds + Micic/Suriano Will Tell Us A Lot About 133

What 2 Watch 4: It's Game Time

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Do nothing but watch wrestling this weekend. Don't even think about doing anything else. I've got all the links and matchups for you right here. If you screw up this weekend by not watching wrestling, you have only yourself to blame!

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PIAA AAA Recap: Bethlehem Catholic On Historic Run

For the third time this year Bethlehem Catholic defeated Northampton. The all District 11 final provided plenty of drama as the Konkrete Kids pushed the Golden Hawks to the limit in the final dual of the year. All bouts are archived on FloArena and can be played on-demand. Here are some finals thoughts from Hershey.

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