I recently talked with Jarod Verkleeren Cadet World Champion. This western PA stud (Belle Vernon Area) has jumped up on scores of college coaches’ radar screens after his championship performance last month. We talked about a wide range of topics listed in order below. His next competition is Who’s #1, an exciting must see event at Lehigh University in October. Verkleeren took 4th place at PA states (145lbs) last season losing to Patrick Duggan and then Hayden Hidlay.
1. How winning the cadet world championship changed your wrestling life?
2. Did last year’s experience at worlds help you this time around?
3. What is your wrestling mindset?
4. Talking about the semifinal match with the Iranian.
5. Talking about finals match versus the Russian.
6. Jarod’s wrestling history. Growing up wrestling in PA?
7. What’s the story behind Gable Stevenson and the snickers bar?
8. What’s the next competition for you? Where do you project yourself in college? Are you planning on college, OTC or the Pico route?
9. How many college coaches have contacted you since worlds?
10. Wrestlers that you like to watch and learn from?
Jarod Verkleeren Results from worlds, all videos are on FloPro.
Opening match- WIN Vasili Diaconu (Moldova), tech. fall 10-0
Quarter- WIN Tobias Portman (Switzerland), tech. fall 10-0
Semi finals- WIN Ahmed Medizhadehmarzn (Iran), 9-5
Finals-WIN Khayrula Nuradinov (Russia), tech. fall, 11-0