The 2011-12 Wilson Central wrestling team had it’s best year in school history, accomplishing things never done by any Wildcat team before it. Their 36-7 team record is a school record, and the team ranked in the top ten in the state for the first time. The Wildcats were also District Champions and Team State Dual qualifiers for the first time in Wilson Central history.
But the first-time accomplishments didn’t stop at the team level. Austin Richard (132lbs) and John Kramer (220lbs) both became TSSAA All-State Wrestlers, placing 6th in their respective weight classes, the first ever Wildcat Wrestlers to do so. Kramer set a school record with 44 pins this season (the previous record was 36), and also now holds the school record for the fastest pin; 6 seconds. Richard also broke a team record with his 59 victories this season. In total, the team qualified eight wrestlers for the TSSAA State tournament this past February.
As if those team and individual accomplishments weren’t enough, this trailblazing season didn’t end with the TSSAA State tournament. John Kramer went on to become a High School All-American by winning the 2012 Brute Nationals and placing 2nd at the Virginia Beach Nationals. Nick Insalaco became the 2nd Wildcat High School All-American with his 2nd place finish at the 2012 Brute Nationals.
With twelve of fourteen starters returning for next season, it seems as if Wilson Central is poised for another record shattering season.
Wilson Central Head Coach John Kramer was named “Tennessean” Coach of the Year and Middle Tennessee Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 season.