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Prepare to Succeed in College

The SpartanCombatRTC is designed to provide an affordable option for the student-wrestler looking for a year of high level training and competition before matriculating into college as a full-time student. 

Spartan Combat Agoge Schedule 2023-24 

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Program Overview

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On the mat preparation

The Spartan culture is a hardworking brotherhood. Training alongside the top junior wrestlers in the country under the guidance of a world-class coaching staff creates a breeding ground of success. You will become a better athlete and wrestler.


Physical Training

Training off the mat is necessary for developing optimal athletic performance. The Agoge program is dedicated to individualizing training for each athlete. 


Family-like Support

Joining the Spartan Combat RTC means becoming a part of the family. We are a non-profit organization that supports athletes in all areas necessary to help them accomplish their goals. 

Coaching Staff

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Michael Kemerer

Agoge Coach

Coach Kemerer was the first five-time All-American at the University of Iowa, finishing in the top four at the NCAA tournament four times. He won 100 matches for the Hawkeyes, was a Big 10 champion, and six-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.


A placer at the US Senior Open for Spartan Combat RTC, Kemerer was a UWW Junior Freestyle Champ and University Nationals 3rd place finisher. In high school, he was a four-time PA State finalist and three-time Fargo All-American.

Yianni Diakomihalis

Agoge Coach

Coach Diakomihalis was just the fifth ever college wrestler to win four NCAA championships. One of the top collegiate wrestlers of all time, the 2023 Cornell graduate captured two titles at 141 pounds and two at 149.


In 2022, Diakomihalis won a silver medal at the Senior World Championships at 65 kg and in 2023 he earned a Pan American Championship at that weight.


He also has won titles at the Poland Open, Henri Deglane, and US Open and captured two Cadet World Championships. 

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  • What are the criteria to train at the Spartan Combat RTC?
    Won at least one match at a USAW World or Olympic Team Trials Placed top 8 at USAW Senior Open Championships Placed top 8 at USAW University National Championships Placed top 8 at FILA Junior National Championships Placed top 8 at USAW Junior National Championships Placed top 8 at USAW Cadet National Championships Placed top 4 in the High School State Championships Placed top 4 at the Prep National Championships Placed top 4 at USAW State Junior freestyle/Greco-Roman Championships Placed top 4 at USAW State Cadet freestyle/Greco-Roman Championships to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
  • What about housing? Where do the athletes live? Is there help with that?​
    Yes, the athletes are set up with a comfortable housing situation for their time as a SpartanCombat wrestler. The house is conveniently located 1 mile south of the Friedman Wrestling Center and just six miles North of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). It is also located directly on the bus service route to both the training center as well as TC3. The SpartanCombatRTC house has: ​ Full kitchen with a dining area Washer and dryer, making it convenient for washing clothes. Two living areas. One on the main floor where it flows into the kitchen/dining room and is at the center of the home. The other area is on the third floor and is mainly utilized for watching movies Common study room.
  • Can they attend college? What are their options?
    The Spartan Combat RTC student athletes take advantage of several academic options to gain college credit. The most popular are through Tompkins Cortland Community College and any one of many online course options. The wrestlers have taken courses at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Cortland State University. All colleges and universities lie within just a few miles of the training center.
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