Ken Wunderley profiles Belle Vernon wrestler Jarod Verkleeren. Read his story below.
Jarod Verkleeren and his parents will travel to Slovakia in the middle of July, but it's not for a family vacation.
Verkleeren, who recently completed his freshman year at Belle Vernon, qualified for the FILA Cadet World Wrestling Championships July 15-20 in Snina, Slovakia.
"I'm so excited," said Verkleeren, who has never traveled overseas. "This is a real game-changer."
Verkleeren qualified by winning the 63-kilogram weight class, which translates to 138.75 pounds, at the FILA World Qualifier May 23-25 in Akron, Ohio.