College Bound: Wyatt Kramer

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Wyatt Kramer had his fair share of acolades on both the mat and the gridiron during his four years at Southridge. Now, he'll move on to play both football and wrestling in college at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minnesota.

A Q&A with Southridge senior Wyatt Kramer who will be playing football and wrestling collegiately at Southwest Minnesota State University.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? Football has always been my passion, that's what I originally signed for but then one day I got an itch and I asked my football coach if I could wrestle — I emailed the wrestling coach and he told me "Okay, you're on the team." Losing that semistate ticket match left a bad taste in my mouth and I didn't want to end my wrestling career on that note. I was just happy to be able to do it still because it would be weird not to do it, it's just a great opportunity for me.

What stood out about Southwest Minnesota State over other schools you visited or were interested in? The coaching staff and the size — it's a lot like home, 16-30 kids in a college classroom isn't a lot at all. The coaching staff explained how the whole thing is like a big family and everything they said was basically like it was coming out of coach B (Scott Buening's) mouth.

What are some of your biggest accomplishments during your time at Southridge? Winning at the Reitz Bowl (2017 football sectional championship vs. Mater Dei), down 16 points we had to gut that one out and it showed what Southridge sports are all about and then winning that first match at regional in wrestling my junior year to go to semistate — that was the happiest I had ever been. Even when baseball went to state, I didn't play baseball but I was at a football camp when it was going on and I tried to listen to it as much as I could because I wanted to know what the score was. I just love that we can compete in every sport.

Who or what do you feel helped to prepare you most for collegiate athletics? Well, my dad — he was a center and that's what I got recruited for because I've been snapping the football forever. Coach B and Coach (Dave) Schank just pushed me in that weight room and helped me become what I am right now as an athlete.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would you choose? Rollercoaster. Sophomore year for football was rough because I didn't play — I only played JV that year and it got me down but it made me work harder. I say rollercoaster because once I hit rock bottom, I brought myself up to win wrestling sectional my sophomore year and then to get back to semistate as a junior and win state for football as a junior.

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