Spartan RTC announced the addition of Michael Kemerer as Resident Athlete and Assistant Coach. Kemerer was a standout wrestler for the University of Iowa, earning 4 All-American honors and placing in the top 4 at the NCAA Tournament every year (3rd, 4th, 2nd, and 4th). For more details, see the Spartan RTC press release below.
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This weekend was full of highlights for the Spartan Combat RTC. Three athletes, Vito Arujau, Yianni Diakomihalis and Nick Gwiazdowski, secured spots in the Final X, bringing the RTC total to four, with Kyle Dake having previously accepted his spot. Additionally, Youssif Hemida won the 125 kg African Championship.
But the good news didn’t end there, as Spartan received a commitment from another elite individual not long after – Michael Kemerer.
Kemerer, a five-time All-American at Iowa, will move to Ithaca later this summer to join Spartan Combat RTC as a resident athlete and to help with training.
“The opportunity offered everything I was looking for,” Kemerer said. “The alumni network is amazing and it’s a great place to wrestle with great people and great coaches. It touched on every area I was looking to develop on and off the mat.
Kemerer finished his career with 100 wins for the Hawkeyes, finishing in the top four every time he competed in the NCAA.
After undergoing shoulder surgery just over a month ago, the Big 10 champion is currently recovering.
“Right now my number one priority is to get healthy and get back on the mat,” he said. “I’m excited to help with training – I look forward to sharing my wrestling knowledge and influencing young people. I’ve had a lot of good influences in my life and I’m excited to pass on what I learned.
A three-time Fargo All-American in high school, Kemerer competed in freestyle early in his college career, winning the Junior Freestyle Nationals in Vegas and finishing third at the University Nationals.
Although he said he was ‘bumped’ in the offseason several times while at Iowa, he continued to practice freestyle in the gym and is looking forward to being at 79. kilograms for Spartan.
“It’s a perfect weight for me,” Kemerer said. “I’ll have lots of partners who can help me grow – that was a big draw. I’m excited to see new perspectives and wrestle with new guys, pick their brains and share what I know. I see a lot of people here who have very high standards and have set ambitious goals. .
Welcome to Spartan Combat RTC, Michael Kemerer!
Link to Spartan RTC release.