Iowa's Michael Kemerer named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Third-ranked Kemerer dominated Rider's seventh-ranked B.J. Clagon, 18-5

Iowa's Michael Kemerer watches the clock as he is awarded points for a near fall in the final seconds of his 157-pound bout with Rider's B.J. Clagon (left) at an NCAA Division I wrestling meet between  Rider University and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa's Michael Kemerer watches the clock as he is awarded points for a near fall in the final seconds of his 157-pound bout with Rider's B.J. Clagon (left) at an NCAA Division I wrestling meet between Rider University and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Iowa wrestler Michael Kemerer was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday.

Third-ranked Kemerer improved to 4-0 with an 18-5 major decision over Rider’s No. 7 B.J. Clagon Friday in the Hawkeyes' 35-6 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Kemerer owns a team-high eight-match win streak, dating back to his third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in March. The honor is a good accomplishment but not the focus for the talented sophomore 157-pounder.

“It’s cool to see,” Kemerer said. “I think only one person gets it a week, so I guess it’s a good thing. It means I’m doing something right, but it’s still November and it’s not the ultimate goal. It’s definitely a good feeling.”

Brands praised Kemerer for his early season victory, hinting to the fact that he will be more impressive once he hits midseason form. Hawkeye fans saw much of that last year when he went 33-3.

“When I’m out there on the mat I’m out there competing hard,” Kemerer said. “I’m in here training hard. It’s a week-by-week thing to keep building.”

Kemerer is expected to face No. 17 Kyle Langenderfer Friday when the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes (4-0) host No. 15 Illinois (1-1) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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