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Jarod Verkleeren

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Position
Graduate Student
Class
Greensburg, Pa.
Hometown
Hempfield Area HS
High School / Club
Penn State
Previous School
Jarod Verkleeren - Wrestling - Virginia Cavaliers

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• 2022 NWCA Scholar All-America

2021-22
• Posted a 16-10 record with a 4-6 mark in dual action
• Went 1-4 in ACC duals
• Second-place finish at the Mat Town Open (11/28) with a 3-1 mark on the day
• Second-place finish at the Lehman Open (1/7) with a 5-1 mark – only loss came to No. 23 PJ Ogunsanya (Army)
• Went 4-0 in matches at the Virginia Duals
• ACC dual win came over Luke Kemerer of No. 18 Pitt (1/21)
• Nine of his losses came against nationally-ranked opponents
• Posted seven bonus-point victories with a pin, four tech falls and a major decision
• Named an NWCA Scholar All-America

PRIOR TO UVA
• Wrestled at Penn State for four years
• 2020 NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds before event canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Was the No. 19 seed at that 2020 NCAA Championships
• Posted a 17-8 record in that 2019-20 season on the way to the NCAA Championship berth
• Defeated No. 19 Yahya Thomas of Northwestern and No. 18 Graham Brooks of Indiana to earn NCAA bid
• Posted a 32-16 career record in competition with the Nittany Lions

HIGH SCHOOL
• Four-year letter winner at Hempfield Area High School
• Two-time state place winner
• 2017 Pennsylvania state champion at 145 pounds
• Went 25-1 as a senior on his way to the state title
• 2016 Super 32 champion at 145 pounds
• FloNationals Champion
• 2016 Cadet World Champion
• Finished fourth at state championships as a sophomore with a 46-7 record
• Career record of 140-15 at Hempfield Area High School

PERSONAL
• Son of Gary and Tami Verkleeren
• Has a sister, Alexa, and two brothers, Derek and Trevor