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Penn State Wrestling’s Greg Kerkvliet Takes Fourth At NCAA Championships

After Penn State wrestling’s No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet dropped his bout against No. 1 Gable Steveson Friday night, the sophomore moved down to the consolation bracket and finished in fourth place.

The heavyweight made his final run against No. 7 Mason Parris from Michigan before taking a medical forfeit in the third-place bout.

While Kerkvliet did not end up wrestling for third, his prior win helped Penn State clinch the team championship title in session five.

How It Happened

285-pound No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet started off the day against fellow Big Ten wrestler No. 7 Mason Parris from Michigan. Kerkvliet got the early takedown to go up 2-1 and added an escape for another point in the first. Another takedown from the Nittany Lion put him up 5-1, and over three minutes of riding time gave him the win.

In the third-place bout, Kerkvliet was set to take the mat against No. 6 Jordan Wood from Lehigh but forfeited the match due to medical reasons. Kerkvliet ended the tournament with a fourth-place finish.

What’s Next?

Five more Nittany Lions will compete Saturday night in Little Caesars Arena for their chance at an individual national championship titles. The final session of the tournament will be broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m., and you’ll also get up-to-the-second updates on our Live Blog and Twitter.

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Mara is a sophomore staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music and counting down the days until she gets to see Luke Combs at the Linc. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected]

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