Oak Harbor’s Luke Cramer has always wanted to be better than brother Jake at whatever the contest.
Jake finished second at state as a senior and fifth as a junior. Luke, who earned a sectional title this season to advance to today’s Division II districts, finished fourth in Columbus as a junior last season.
“I’ve grown in size and in hunger to do better this year,” Cramer said. “My brother jokes with me to do better than him. It’s always been a personal goal to beat him. I work in the summer traveling and training … it’s paid off.
“I give credit to my dad (Jim). He always pushes me to do extra and the coaches are there going the extra mile treating me like a son.”
Cramer wrestled at 138 as a junior but is all the way up to 170.
“The smaller weights are faster but I carry some of the techniques with me. I can scramble. I can wear out bigger kids. I’m not the biggest 170 pounder but I can move and people say I’m strong but I think it’s more knowing how to move a person.”
Cramer has accomplished two of his three goals for the season by placing at Ironman (eighth) and finishing in the top two at Medina (second). “I want to get to the top of the (state) podium. I know I’m there and if I wrestle how it’s possible I can’t be stopped.”
Endurance is one of Cramer’s strengths. “I had a good weekend (at sectionals). In the finals, I knew it would be close. He made a mistake and I countered. It’s good to get experience reacting in tough matches.
“The team had a good weekend, too.”
TJ Lawrence earned a sectional crown while Jared Chambers, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen, Alec Bowlick, Brody Henning and Josh Chambers also advanced.
“Brody is a sophomore,” Cramer said. “Lawrence is a sophomore heavyweight. Him winning sectionals was big. That will help him drive himself mentally. Eight of us made it and you can see improvement.”
Also helping spur all the Rockets is Hunter Gresh. Gresh tore his ACL and MCL, fractured his arm and incurred bruises and cuts that required stitches in a car accident a few weeks ago.
“We’re glad he’s safe,” Cramer said. “We want him to get better and we’re wishing he was there. That drives all of us a little to win for him.”
Clyde’s Casey Flores, Chris Moore and Brad Smith earned sectional titles. Dakota Flores, Blake Miller, Marshall Messer, Xavier Corbin, Collin Mange, Anthony Beier, Austin Baker, Beau Minnick and Connor Avalon also moved on.
Grant Moyer advanced for Bellevue.
Division I Districts
Peyton Geary earned a sectional crown for Ross while Bailey Mezinger, Trey Grine, Jordan Weissinger, Trayvion Scott and Sam Lewis also advanced.
Division III Districts
Cory Durbin earned a sectional title for St. Joseph Central Catholic while Sean Vasquez and Jacob Widman also moved on.
Margaretta’s Tyler Rogers, who earned his 100th win, and Ryan Green were sectional champs. John Harris, Adam Crum, Drake Reed and Deven Taylor also advanced.
Thomas Schnittker and Evan Ulinski were champs for Woodmore while Colten Datkun, Tony Rozzi, Dylan Young and Seth Gaghen also moved on.
Gage Collins, Nick Metcalf and Jacob Auld moved on for Gibsonburg.
Tiger Jaso, Bobby Arriaga and Jordan Jason advanced for Lakota.