If one were to ask….. how do you beat an opponent who has won 137 matches in a row, who has won the last 2 state championships and presently has a 47-0 season record and going for his third state crown? You qualify to try. Micheal Kramer did just that. He proved throughout the year he was the only contender to challenge Nick Boykin the Senior from Riverdale. Only a sophomore and entering the State Tournament as the third ranked wrestler, Kramer (57-0) crushed the opposition no matter what grade or skill level they possessed. The Wilson Central Wildcat earned his chance at the state title that no one else could do. Pinning his opponent in :37 in the state semi-finals Kramer continued to be the the talk of the tournament. No matter the possible outcome, Kramer was going for a state championship. An honor to be there and to have a chance of winning. You know the saying “you can’t win it unless your in it”. Well, as most of us know Boykin won his 3rd straight title and Micheal Kramer earned his runner-up spot. So now the super sophomore looks to next year as Boykin graduates and the next closest contender also graduates. Kramer’s chances of getting a title as a junior looks promising however, there are several other wrestlers in Tennessee that wants a title. Hopefully in 2018, Micheal Kramer will again qualify to try.
In the 120 lb class and storming through his competition, Sean Sesnan went through 4 matches reaching the championship round against the number 1 ranked wrestler in Tennessee, Calvin Martin from William Blount High School. Going into the championship round Martin had scored 35 points and only given up 1 point in his previous 4 matches during the tournament but Sesnan was up to the challenge. The Wildcat was turned loose and only allowed Martin 6 points in the Championship title match as he represented Wilson Central with a lot of heart and enthusiasm but could only claim the runner-up spot losing to Martin 6-0. Sesnan joins a long line of Wildcat wrestlers who in recent years have made Wilson Central, if not already, and up and coming power in Tennessee wrestling.
In the 170 lb class Damon Smith may have had as good of a showing as anyone. Damon pinned his first opponent in 2 min only to lose his second match to the eventual state runner-up 11-5. This placed Damon into the consolation bracket where he pinned 3 of his next 4 opponents before losing in the consolation semi-finals to the eventual third place winner.
Pictured above were the nine Wildcat Wrestlers who qualified for the State Championship in their weight class. The title picture of this article show the top 3 winners from the 2017 TSSAA Wrestling State Championship. From left to right is Damon Smith, Sean Sesnan, Michael Kramer and Jon Kramer-Coach of the Wildcat Wrestling Team. All in all Wildcat Wrestling has a lot to be thankful for as once again Wilson Central proved to opponents that Wildcats can tangle with anybody……Congratulations Coach Kramer and staff.