Last weekend, Kraisser traveled to Virginia Beach and won a National High School Coaches Association Senior National championship. It all sounds routine at this point, but to win that title, Kraisser had to defeat Hunter Weber, a three-time Wisconsin state champion and the No. 11 ranked 126-pounder in the nation. Kraisser is ranked No. 8.
"Nathan works hard and this is what he does. He loves wrestling, he puts his mind and time into it, he works hard all the time," Cliff Kraisser said. "I'm proud and happy for him."
Next up is the FILA Junior Nationals and only then do things kind of slow down before he heads off to UNC at the end of the summer.
"After (FILA) I'm not sure. I've got nothing for awhile," he said. "I usually take August off. I'll probably go to the beach with my family."
Also named to the all-county team:
106: Zach Hensley (41-3), Oakland Mills junior
County: 1st. Region: 1st. State: 2nd.
Hensley built on last year's breakout campaign, when he placed third in the state, by advancing to the state finals. There he lost by a close, 3-0, decision to Southern-Garrett's Austin Shaffer. This year's campaign also included his second straight county and regional titles.
113: Mason Kilcarr (38-6), Reservoir sophomore
County: 1st. Region: 2nd. State: Did not place.
Kilcarr became Reservoir's first Glenn DeVane Outstanding Wrestler award winner after upsetting Wilde Lake's former state champ Alex Polonsky in the county championship finals. Polonsky avenged the loss a week later in the regional finals, but Kilcarr has now accumulated almost 70 wins to go with a county and regional title in just two seasons of varsity wrestling. He also won the Grapple at the Brook tournament this season.
113: Alex Polonsky (39-4), Wilde Lake senior
County: 2nd. Region: 1st. State: 4th.
Polonsky will graduate as one of the best wrestlers to ever come through Wilde Lake. He won a state title as a sophomore in 2010, won his second regional title this year by pinning Kilcarr, and finished his high school career with a sparkling 139-23 record. Polonsky was also a champion at the Keaser Classic and the Edgewood Invitational this season.
120: Tony Farace (38-2), Oakland Mills senior
County: 1st. Region: 1st. State: 3rd.
While Farace's unexpected loss in the state semifinals prevented him from joining Kraisser in the exclusive four-time state championship club, it doesn't diminish what will go down as one of the greatest careers ever assembled by a Howard County wrestler. He finished with an amazing 162 wins against only six losses (four of them to Kraisser), two county titles, three state titles and four regional titles. After losing in the state semifinals, Farace wrestled back with a vengeance to salvage third. He plans to continue his wrestling career in college.
132: Malik Jackson (33-8), Wilde Lake sophomore
County: 1st. Region: 3rd. State: 4th.
In only his second year in the sport, and one-year removed from a JV county championship, Jackson surprised even himself when he won the varsity county championship and placed fourth at the state tournament. Jackson, who was also an Edgewood Invitational champion, was 3-2 at the state tournament, with both of his losses coming by just two points.