By: Ella Smith, contributing writer
The Missouri State High School Activities Association chose Luke Gramke as the 2019 Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Gramke has been coaching for ten years, one year at Warrensburg High School and the other nine years at Centralia. He is also the assistant golf coach and assistant track coach at CHS.
Gramke was very excited to receive this award, but he said that he understands “this is a community award.” He added, “We have amazing parents, athletes, community members and a plethora of other coaches that made this award possible.”
Gramke said he really enjoys the competition of the sport of wrestling. He is looking forward to helping his wrestling team achieve their goals this year. Gramke said wrestling can be challenging. “It’s a sport that requires a lot of discipline and convincing high school athletes to be extremely disciplined can be difficult,” he said.
Gramke graduated from Centralia High School in 2004. He enjoys working at Centralia and likes “knowing the community members and knowing how our community values the sport of wrestling.”
Gramke is married to Kim Gramke, who teaches sixth-grade math at CBMS. They have a three-year-old named Riley.