Gunn senior Ian Cramer didn't win a title at the CIF State Wrestling Championships that wrapped up Saturday night at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. But, that wasn't the realistic plan.
Instead, Cramer accomplished just about everything else as he made some school and personal history and came home with a medal.
After winning his first three matches on Friday in the 138-pound division, Cramer went 1-3 on Saturday and finished eighth -- achieving one goal of getting on the medal podium.
Cramer also became only the second Gunn male wrestler to win a Central Coast Section title and then follow that up with a medal at the state championships. The last Titan to accomplish this feat was Dwight Miller, who won the 103-pound CCS title in 1973 and then claimed the bronze medal at the inaugural state meet -- 42 years ago.
Cramer's 4-3 finish gave him a 36-4 mark this season, moving him ahead of Miller's 35 wins in 1973 and '74 and Nic Giaccia's 35 in '08 for most in school history.
Cramer also took the family record as his 36-4 beat his brother Eric, who compiled a 34-5 record in 2013 before joining the Stanford wrestling team.
Cramer won his first three matches making it to the quarterfinals on Friday night. He then lost in the quarters to eventual third-placer Khristian Olivas from Clovis High. Clovis would go on to win its seventh straight team title.
Cramer then won his fifth match, Saturday morning, guaranteeing him a top-8 finish and a medal when he defeated eighth-ranked Trevor Perez from Orange County's Mater Dei, 7-3. Cramer went on to lose to fourth-placer finisher Evan Wick of San Marino and then DJ Garcia of Poway in the seventh-place match, 2-0. Cramer had beaten Garcia in the fourth round, 9-4.
Cramer pinned one opponent, bringing his total number of pins to 26 for the season while giving the Titans 100 on the year.
This marks the end of a great career for Cramer, who claimed three SCVAL titles, placed first and second in the CCS Championships plus his finish at the state meet.
Cramer joins an elite group of Gunn wrestlers who placed at the state meet: Dwight Miller (3rd at 103 lbs in 1973), Floyd Williams (7th at 189 lbs in 1978), Erik Duus (7th at 175 lbs in 1984) and Cadence Lee (1st, 1st, 2nd and 7th at 103/106 lbs in 2011-14).
The California state championships has no divisions for big schools and small school -- all 850-plus high schools with wrestling feed into one state championship.