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Kemmerer Places Eighth in World Championships

November 1, 2010
|  Torino, Italy
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Kemmerer was 1-1 at the 2010 FISU University World Championships, posting an eighth place finish.

Liberty wrestling graduate assistant Joe Kemmerer placed eighth at 60 kg/132 lbs. on Saturday in Torino, Italy, as he represented the United States in Greco-Roman at the 2010 FISU University World Championships.

He opened with a victory over Jakup Szczepaniak of Poland, 0-1, 5-0, 1-0. In the quarterfinals, he lost to Takumi Yokohama of Japan, 3-4, 0-4. When Yokohama was beaten in the semifinals, Kemmerer was not eligible for the repechage rounds, which allows those who were beat by finalists to compete for additional placings.

The United States placed 12th in a very competitive event, scoring 14 points. Iran won the team title with 64 points.

Speaking on his time in Italy representing the United States, Kemmerer said that "It was a learning experience, and I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to compete at the highest level of Greco-Roman. But I'm looking forward to continuing training."

Kemmerer, a two-time NCAA Div. II national champion for Kutztown University, returns to campus this week to continue assisting Coach Jesse Castro in preparation for the upcoming wrestling season.

The Flames start the season on the road on Nov. 6, when they travel to College Park, Md., to compete in the first-ever Terrapin Duals. Liberty will face Maryland, McDaniel, Johns Hopkins and West Virginia in the event.