Ken Wunderley profiles Belle Vernon wrestler Jarod Verkleeren. Read his story below.
The Verkleeren family will be traveling to Southeastern Europe in August, but it's not for a vacation.
The family will be visiting Sarajevo, the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to watch Jarod Verkleeren wrestle in the FILA Cadet Freestyle World Championships, which begin Aug. 25.
"My parents, my two brothers, and my sister will be making the trip to cheer me on," said Verkleeren, who recently completed his sophomore year at Belle Vernon Area High School. "I'm really looking forward to the trip. I didn't do well at last year's tournament. I lost in the first round, so I wanted another chance."
Verkleeren earned his second trip to the world championships by winning his weight class championship at the Cadet National Team Trials, which took place May 29-31 in Akron, Ohio. He competed in the 63 kilogram weight class, which translates to 138.75 pounds. He wrestled at 145 pounds during the past high school season.