Michael Kemerer enters Big Tens ranked #1 in the country at yet another stacked weight in the Big Ten. After placing second as a freshman and sixth two years ago as a sophomore at 157, Kemerer certainly looks like he is ready to take his first Big Ten title.
I would say there is a real good chance we will see Michael Kemerer- Mark Hall in the Big Ten Finals and the NCAA Finals at 174 lbs. Kemerer won Round 1 in this instant classic matchup in the dual meet with an impressive 11-6 decision. I am expecting a very intense and entertaining match every time these two wrestle.
With a 13-0 record with two pins, three tech falls, and three major decisions, Kemerer started the season out fast and has continued to improve and get stronger each week. He looks to be peaked for the tournament season. Kemerer is so fun to watch and easy to cheer for.
Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8
Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 174 lbs. – 9
Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #1
NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: Not ranked due to under 15 matches. #1 on every other ranking.
Tech Falls: 3
Major Decisions: 3
174 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds
- Michael Kemerer, IOWA
- Mark Hall, PSU
- Dylan Lydy, PUR
- Devin Skatzka, MINN
- Mikey Labriola, NEB
- Kaleb Romero, OSU
- Joseph Gunther, ILL
- Layne Malczewski, MSU
- Tyler Morland, NU
- Willie Scott, RU
- Jared Krattiger, WIS
- Phillip Spadafora, MD
- Max Maylor, MICH
- NO ENTRY, IND
174 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:
Michael Kemerer over Jared Krattiger (WI) Fall 5:47
Michael Kemerer over #4 Dylan Lydy (PUR) 8-4
Michael Kemerer over #6 Mikey Labriola (NE) Dec 3-1
Michael Kemerer over #8 Kaleb Romero (OSU) Dec 7-1
Michael Kemerer over #1 Mark Hall (PSU) Dec 11-6
Michael Kemerer over #23 Layne Malczewski (MSU) Maj Dec 13-3
Michael Kemerer over Max Maylor (MI) Tech Fall 21-6
Michael Kemerer over Devin Skatzka (MN) Fall 2:52
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