Kemerer Making the Move to 174

By Matt Levins For The Predicament

Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won in sudden victory - 1 over Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) (SV-1 7-1)

IOWA CITY — Michael Kemerer was ready for a change.
Kemerer, a two-time All-American at 157 pounds for Iowa, will get a different look this season for the Hawkeyes. After a growth spurt over the summer, the junior is moving up two weight classes to 174 pounds after finishing fourth last season despite an injury which hampered him the second half of the season.
Kemerer is looking forward to a new challenge at a weight class in which the top four NCAA finishers — Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, Mark Hall of Penn State, Myles Amine of Michigan and Daniel Lewis of Missouri — from a year ago are all back.
“Last year I was cutting some weight to get down to 157, but I was doing it the right way,” Kemerer said. “I spent the summer lifting weights and working out and my weight just kept going up fast. I was talking to some of my buddies about how fast my weight went up, so I decided to see what happened when the season got closer. I kept training and working hard and my weight stayed up, so I figured it was a good idea to just go ahead and move up. I really didn’t think about taking that big of a jump, but my body just kept growing and I feel comfortable at the new weight.”
Kemerer opens the season ranked sixth in the W.I.N. Magazine preseason top 20 rankings at 174 after finishing third and fourth at 157 the previous two years.

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