Recruiting Wednesday: Chase Kranitz

Norwin wrestling standout Kranitz commits to Buffalo

Wed Oct 13, 2021 - 9:03PM

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Norwin senior Chase Kranitz finished fifth in the state in Class AAA last year.Norwin senior Chase Kranitz finished fifth in the state in Class AAA last year.

Last Updated: Wed Oct 13, 2021 - 9:14PM

The Buffalo wrestling team recently added a new piece to their puzzle, as Norwin Knights standout Chase Kranitz made the decision to continue his career with the Bulls on the mat. Kranitz, a PIAA place-winner who finished 27-8 overall last year, felt that Buffalo would be the right fit for him to grow both on the mat as a wrestler, and off the mat as a person.

“It came down to where I thought I could reach my goals and reach my full potential, even with my body, and develop even as a person,” Kranitz explained. “From the first time I stepped foot on campus I kept thinking UB, Buffalo.”

With last year’s wrestling season impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, athletes found it hard to find access to gyms to work out and continue their training for their respective sport. Kranitz was determined to find a way to get access to a gym or a mat to work on his reps and hone his craft, despite having limited opportunities to do so.

“I knew I had the advantage on guys, because some guys would take advantage of it the wrong way and not be training,” he said. “I made sure to get on the mat at least once a day, sometimes twice a day, while everyone was quarantined and we weren’t able to practice. I managed to find ways to get better every day and just focus on getting to that state tournament and reaching my goals.”

Despite the obstacles he faced last year, Kranitz placed fifth in the state at 160 pounds in Class AAA. He intends on wrestling at 160 again during his senior year this winter but he plans on moving up to 174 when he arrives at Buffalo. By his collegiate senior year, Kranitz hopes he can be wrestling in the 184 pound weight class.

During this off-season, Kranitz underwent two surgeries, one for a meniscus tear and the other for his thumb, which he injured last year in a match. His focus has stayed the same for the upcoming season, but he’s also had to slowly work his way back into a rhythm of working out to prepare for his final year at Norwin.

“It was a lot of down time for a month or two, and then I started my physical therapy,” he said. “Physical therapy is a big part of training and getting ready for the season. I need to keep at it and get my thumb and my knees back to normal and ready, it’s not going to be a problem for me at all.”

Kranitz, who also plays baseball at Norwin, knows what it will take for him to have a successful career at Buffalo like he’s had at Norwin, as he comes into this season with an 84-25 overall record through three years with the Knights. Reaching the collegiate level of wrestling has always been a goal for him, and now that he’s attained that achievement, Kranitz is ready to go into this season more relaxed and focused on winning a PIAA title.

“Even from my freshman year of high school, you are always thinking of that next level and stressing about it a little bit. This year I’m going to let loose, now that I have that lifted off my chest. I’m going to go out there with the right mentality and not worry about anything else except wrestling my perfect match.”

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