The Penn State wrestling staff got good news Sunday on their way back from the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.
The No. 1-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds in the Class of 2017, Hempfield Area’s Jarod Verkleeren, announced his commitment to Penn State.
“After a very long process, I decided to continue my academic and wrestling career at Penn State,” he wrote in a tweet.
Verkleeren had committed to Iowa State but was released from his National Letter of Intent in March, after the Cyclones’ coaching change.
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He is the reigning PIAA Class 3A champ at 145 pounds and a Cadet World champion.
Verkleeren, who is the 13th-ranked wrestler pound for pound in his class, projects to wrestle at 149 pounds for the Nittany Lions.