The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is honoring Platteville High School graduate Terry Kramer for his life time service to the sport of wrestling.
Kramer will be honored at a special Wisconsin Chapter banquet on Sunday Aug. 3 at UW–Whitewater. A reception is planned at noon with the banquet beginning at 1 p.m.
The Lifetime Service Award program, coordinated by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., is designed to honor individuals who have dedicated a significant portion of their life to the advancement and promotion of the sport of wrestling.
Kramer wrestled at Platteville High School from 1966–69, serving as team captain and was a two-time conference champion and WIAA state qualifier.
At Luther College in Decorah, Iowa he was a team captain, a two-time Iowa Conference champion and a three-time NCAA national qualifier. He was also named Luther Male Athlete of the Year in 1973.
In 1993 Kramer was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1976–95 Kramer was a member of the Wisconsin Junior National Greco-Roman coaching staff. During that time he hosted six state cadet and junior Greco-Roman championships in Fort Atkinson.
From 1976–93 Kramer also wrestled competitively himself, placing third at the USWF National Freestyle Open in 1976 and winning several Wisconsin USWF Opens and Wisconsin AAU Opens.
Kramer served as head coach at Fort Atkinson High School from 1974–1997, where he coached 25 WIAA state qualifiers. He also served as an assistant coach from 1999–2010.
In 1975 Kramer co-founded the Fort Atkinson Youth Wrestling Club, which continues to flourish today. In 2014 he was inducted into the Fort Atkinson Athletic Wall of Fame.
During his retirement Kramer has been a volunteer coach at La Follette High School in Madison since 2011.