For the second time in as many months, a WPIAL wrestling standout has flipped their commitment from the state of Iowa, and landed at Penn State University.
First it was Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale switching from Iowa University to the Nittany Lions. Now, Hempfield’s Jarod Verkleeren has done the same. The soon-to-be Spartan graduate was released from his Letter of Intent from Iowa State and announced on April 30 that he will join the reigning National Champions.
Two former WPIAL standouts, Kittanning’s Jason Nolf and Central Catholic’s Vincezo Joseph, both are coming off seasons where they won an individual and team national championship. Verkleeren is looking to join that group.
The senior is the No. 1 recruit in the country at 145 pounds, and is looking to fit in at the 149 pound weight class at Penn State. Overall, he is ranked as the No. 13 recruit in the country.
Verkleeren is the reigning PIAA Class 3A champion at 145 pounds and a Cadet World Champion.