Kramer 6th at PJW states
Beaty seventh-grader Jimmy Kramer cuts out newspaper clippings oft Warren junior standout wrestler D.J. Fehlman.
He wants to grow up and be just like the PIAA state medalist.
But he’s really not that far off.
Kramer just completed his fifth trip to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) state championships – this year in Harrisburg, and he came back with his best-ever finish of sixth place in the 11-and-12-year-old, 85-pound division.
He’s only four years younger than Fehlman, but Kramer already has two PJW medals, after a seventh-place finish in the 9-10, 75 division in 2012.
Just like Fehlman, a former PJW state champion, Kramer is climbing a ladder.
“I wanted to get to the semifinals and I did,” said Kramer, who has competed at PJW states in Wilkes Barre, Hershey and Harrisburg.
This time, Kramer, who won the Area 8 PJW championship in Corry, started with a 6-2 decision over Jaden Reagle, of Penncrest, and a 4-0 decision over Noah Blankenship, of Kane, to guarantee himself a state medal.
Kramer was knocked down one rung with he lost by a 15-0 technical fall to the eventual state champ, A.J. Tamburrino of Centennial (near Philadelphia).
“He was solid and strong,” said Kramer.
Kramer was among seven Warren County wrestlers that advanced to PJW states, including Eisenhower-area’s Ethan Chambers (11-12, 125), Cael Black (9-10, 150), Easton Hedman (9-10, 65) and Logan Jaquay (11-12, 75, representing the Raigin’ Raisins Wrestling Club, North East, Pa.), and Sheffield’s Ethan Finch (9-10, 85) and Tyler Hepinger (9-10, 90).
Like D.J. Fehlman’s sister, Maddie, Kramer’s sister Maddie swims. After the medal rounds on Saturday in Harrisburg, the Kramers drove to Penn State University where Madison Kramer was competing at the YMCA state swimming championships.
The complete brackets for the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championships are available at www.pajw.org.