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Kemerer, Gantt to collide at HWC Showdown Open


Michael Kemerer and Tommy Gantt posted victories in previous special showcase wrestling events in Eastern Iowa.

This time around they'll be adversaries.

Kemerer will take on Gantt on Nov. 1 at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open, which will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.

Kemerer went 15-1 last season as a junior at Iowa and held the nation's No. 1 ranking for more than a month in his first year at 174 pounds. He placed third at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore at 157 pounds during his first two seasons with the Hawkeyes.

Prior to his arrival at Iowa, Kemerer posted a victory in 2015 against three-time Iowa high school state champion Fredy Stroker at the Agon event inside the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Gantt's resume includes a win inside the same building. He downed U23 World champion Richie Lewis in 2018 at the American Wrestling League event. The All-American from North Carolina State also won the Bill Farrell International title that same season.

More recently, the Illinois native placed third last December at 74 kilograms at the U.S. Senior Nationals, where he posted wins against Josh Shields, Branson Ashworth, Evan Wick and Anthony Valencia.


HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB SHOWDOWN OPEN
Jaydin Eierman vs. Vladimer Khinchegashvili
Michael Kemerer vs. Tommy Gantt

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