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Penn State Wrestling’s Jarod Verkleeren Transfers To Virginia

Penn State wrestling’s Jarod Verkleeren announced Thursday he’ll transfer to Virginia to continue his college wrestling career.

“Grateful for the last 4 years at PSU and thankful for everyone who reached out to me during this process,” Verkleeren wrote on Twitter.

Verkleeren said he’ll pursue a master’s degree down in Charlottesville. At Penn State, he majored in health policy administration.

In his three-season Penn State career, Verkleeren started 19 duals at 149 pounds and finished with a 32-14 overall record. He qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament, but it never came to fruition due to the pandemic.

Down south, Verkleeren will join an already-loaded Cavaliers team. The Hoos sent eight wrestlers to the 2021 NCAA Championships and finished 3-3 in a shortened regular-season slate.

Verkleeren burst onto the Penn State wrestling scene three years ago when he lifted Kent State’s Kody Kamara off his feet and threw him to the mat for a fall. Throughout his time at Penn State, he notably remained open about his battle with Type 1 diabetes, which requires him to stay disciplined and control adrenaline spikes.

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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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