Richard, Kramer collect Central’s first wrestling state titles

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM

FRANKLIN — Coach John Kramer has built a state wrestling power at Wilson Central, and now the program has two state championships to show for it.

The coach’s namesake son and Austin Richard racked up the school’s first titles in the sport Saturday at the Williamson Agricultural Exposition Center.

In addition, three others finished in the top six to take all-state honors.

Richard, a 132-pound senior, defeated Cleveland’s Austin Stevison 7-4, avenging his only loss of the season which came in overtime in the state duals final two weeks earlier. Kramer, a 220-pound junior, got past Ravenwood’s Rex Shotts 5-4. Those two had split a pair of regular-season matches. Richards went 64-1 this season and 231-28 for his career. Kramer finished his season 62-2.

Three other Wildcats also placed in the top six of their weight classes to earn all-state honors. Lane Dickeson finished second at 126 pounds with a 57-5 record, Mike Binns took third at 152 and went 62-6 and Christian Cerrito was fifth at 120, going 61-5.

Cleveland, which defeated Central for the state dual championship two weeks ago, took this team title as well with 215 points while Central finished second with 166.5.

“We are losing three great senior wrestlers this year in Christian Cerrito, Eddie  Small and Austin Richard,” Coach Kramer said. “But we have 10 state qualifiers coming back next season with three of the 10 placing at state, so I think we can still be competitive next year.

“We have plenty of other guys in the wrestling room that want a shot at varsity. This year we had seven weight classes filled with wrestlers who were on the JV team last year, so you never know who your next great wrestler is going to be.”

Richard and Kramer join Lebanon’s Jeff Lester [1984] and Mt. Juliet’s Zac Dailey [‘97 and ‘98], Hunter Allen [2010] and Tanner Bates [‘11] as Wilson County champions.

A total of 18 wrestlers [13 from Central, three from Mt. Juliet and two from Lebanon] competed in the state.

A look at each weight class:


Wilson Central sophomore Nick King won his opening match and went 3-2 while Lebanon freshman Sean Sesnan finished 1-2.


Mt. Juliet freshman Matthew Helm won his opening match before falling into the wrestleback. He eventually pinned Lebanon senior Jordan Benford in 2:32. Central sophomore Caleb Berta dropped his opening match but won twice in wrestleback in going 2-2.


Central senior Christian Cerrito won twice before falling into the wrestleback and finished fifth.


Central junior Lane Dickeson reached the championship match where he was pinned by Cleveland’s Christop Debien in 1:12. Mt. Juliet freshman Zackrey Wilkens was pinned by Debien in 55 seconds in the second round but rallied in wrestleback to finish sixth.


Richard pinned his first four opponents before outlasting Stevison in the final.


Central senior Eddie Small lost in the second round but recovered in wrestleback to finish 3-2.


Central junior Andy Hamrick dropped 7-3 and 9-1 decisions.


Wrestling in opposite brackets, Mt. Juliet sophomore Danyan Edens and Central junior Mike Binns lost third-round matches. Both recovered in wrestleback with Binns finishing third and Edens sixth.


Central sophomore Zach Linton won two matches before dropping two straight.


Central sophomore Ty Georgeadis recovered from an opening-round loss to win twice in wrestleback during a 2-2 weekend.


Central junior Perry Baltz pinned his first two opponents before losing 2-0 and 7-2.


Central junior Ben Iles lost his opening match, pinned his first opponent in wrestleback before losing by pin.


Kramer pinned his first two opponents in 53 and 34 seconds before winning a 15-5 major decision. He won two close matches, 9-7 and 5-4, to close out the championship.

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