Liberty graduate assistant wrestling coach Joe Kemmerer will represent the United States at the 2010 World University Wrestling Championship in Torino, Italy.
Liberty's graduate assistant wrestling coach Joe Kemmerer will be representing the Flames and the United States at the World University Wrestling Championship in Torino, Italy, this upcoming October. Kemmerer, a two-time NCAA Division II national champion, just recently completed his first year with the Flames wrestling program, serving on the staff as a graduate assistant. Following the season, where Kemmerer helped Liberty win its third-straight NCAA East Regional title and send four grapplers on to nationals, Kemmerer started his run to Torino when he won the University National Championships in Akron, Ohio, in April. Kemmerer's victory in Akron qualified him for the World Greco-Roman Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he won all four of his bouts at 60kg (132 pounds), with each victory coming against some of the nation's best Greco-Roman wrestlers. After experiencing numerous flight delays that forced him to give up two days of training prior to the Trials, Kemmerer posted three-straight wins to advance to the finals against Nate Engel, where he was victorious in the best two-out-of-three finals. Engel is a member of the Greco-Roman wrestling program at the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich. The St. Helena, Calif., native was a bronze medalist at the 2006 Sunkist Kids International Open and the gold medalist at the 2007 University National Championship. With the victory, Kemmerer now moves on to the World University Wrestling Championship, which will be holding its ninth championship on Oct. 24-30, 2010, in Torino, Italy. The event will feature competition for both men's and women's wrestlers from around the world and will be held in the same site as the 2008 Olympic Winter Games. Competitors at the World University Wrestling Championship will range in age from 17 to 28. The championship will feature both free style and Greco-Roman wrestling for men in seven different weight classes (55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 74kg, 84kg, 96kg and 120kg) and free style women's action in seven weight classes (48kg, 51kg, 55kg, 59kg, 63kg, 67kg and 72kg). The honor is quite notable for Kemmerer, considering that each country participating in the event is only allowed to send one active and one reserve wrestler per weight class.