The Kraisser family legacy grew even larger March 4 at the MPSSAA wrestling state tournament at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro with Jason’s victory in the 3A/4A 138-pound championship match.
The Centennial sophomore beat Urbana’s Logan Arneson, 4-2, for his second state championship to make it four straight years a Kraisser has stood atop the podium on the final weekend of the season. It’s also the 10th title in the family and Jason becomes the third brother, joining Nathan and Austin, to win multiple state championships.
“I had a good tournament. I wrestled tough the whole time,” said Kraisser (40-1), who added that he has eyes on winning four state titles like Nathan did. “But this isn’t the end of it. This is still the path to going up. I’ve got to keep working hard and keep preparing for everything else.”
Oakland Mills’ Daiquan Anderson (36-3) was the only other county grappler to capture a state championship, as the 106-pound senior broke a 6-6 tie with a late five-point move to beat Smithsburg’s Shane Hovermale, 11-6, in the 1A/2A title bout.
“It feels very excellent,” said Anderson, who finished runner-up in the same bracket a year ago. “I came in hard and gave it everything I got. I’m loving it.”
Two others reached the finals of their weight classes but fell short. Oakland Mills junior Kyle Farace (40-3) dominated his way to the finals but came in second for a third straight year after dropping a tight 1-0 decision to Sparrows Point’s Max Hammond in the 1A/2A 132-pound championship.
Glenelg junior Max Sotka (45-4) avenged a prior defeat to Urbana’s Jake Makosy with a 4-3 victory in a semifinal, but North Hagerstown’s Aaron Brooks — ranked No. 11 in the nation by Flowrestling — cruised to his third straight state title by pinning Sotka in 2:45 to win the 160-pound championship in 3A/4A.
The Scorpions finished in the fourth place in the 1A/2A team race with 85.5 points, behind South Carroll, Middletown and Sparrows Point, while Marriotts Ridge tied for 10th place with 52.5 points.
In the 3A/4A tournament, Damascus won its third straight tournament title with 123.5 points while Glenelg finished in seventh with 75 points. Centennial (30 points) came in 15th, Mt. Hebron (27) tied for 18th, Reservoir (16) tied for 36th, Atholton (5) tied for 48th and River Hill (3) tied for 55th. Howard failed to earn a point.
The Scorpions had two other place-winners, as Ben Goldfein (31-17) finished in fourth at 138 pounds and county and regional champion Johnny Rynn (32-3) came in fifth at 145 pounds. Anthony Morales (160, 24-16), Paul Johnson (182, 27-4), Ernie Smith (195, 21-16) and Kyle Boothe (285, 29-12) all won at least one match but fell short of placing.
The Mustangs, meanwhile, had three grapplers finish in the top six, including fourth-place finishes from freshman Will Vaxmomsky (113) and senior Chris Spano (120). Vaxmonsky (44-5) overcame a semifinal defeat but couldn’t compete in the consolation championship because of injury. Spano (41-4), a defending state champion and this year’s county and regional champion, fell in overtime to eventual champion Travis Crawford in a semifinal and lost again in overtime to Hereford’s Jimmy Cavin in the consolation final.
Justin Hooper (38-12) finished in sixth place at 152 pounds, and freshman Ethan Bohan (106, 43-5) and regional champion Austin Cestone (160, 38-12) won one and two matches, respectively.
The Gladiators, who failed to get any place-winners a year ago, had four wrestlers finish in the top-six of their brackets.
County and regional champion Jared Thomas (44-2) dropped a 126-pound semifinal match to two-time state champion Brian Stuart of North Hagerstown in overtime but bounced back with back-to-back shutouts to finish third. Garrett Murray (37-2), also a county and regional champion, lost a tough semifinal bout as well to Northwest’s Khalil Owens in the ultimate tiebreaker but followed with two straight wins to place third at 170 pounds.
County and regional champion Sam Alsheimer (44-6) dropped a 3-2 decision to Westminster’s Garrett Vandervalk in the 182-pound semifinals before splitting the next two bouts to end his season with a fourth-place finish.
The Vikings had two place-winners in Yahir Lemus (120) and Nick Nordhausen (220). Lemus (34-14) lost a 2-0 decision to eventual finalist Lucas Young of Churchill in the opener but won three straight win-or-go-home matches to guarantee a spot in the top six. He lost the next two matches by a combined three points to finish in sixth place.
Nordhausen (39-6) reached the semifinals but lost a 5-2 decision to eventual champion Bryce De Maille of Oakdale. He responded with a 10-3 decision in the consolation semifinals before falling to South River’s Zach Osborne in the ultimate tiebreaker to finish in fourth.
Ali Pender (145, 35-10) and Jimmy Hayden (138, 37-6) both went 1-2 to fall short of placing.
Gators county champion Tyler Ecker (38-6) dropped a 2-1 decision to eventual finalist Alon Hough of Woodlawn in the quarterfinal round before winning three of his next four bouts, including a 4-0 decision in his final match, to finish in fifth place at 285 pounds.
Junior regional finalist Todd Del Tufo (34-8) went 2-2 but fell one round short of finishing in the top six at 138 pounds.
The Raiders had six grapplers in the tournament but only Drew Pruett (106, 32-8) and Sean Billups (160, 34-7) won matches. They both went 2-2 and finished one victory away from placing. Derek Noppinger (126, 26-12), Michael Altamirano (132, 22-13), Cito Altamirano (145, 24-11) and Joe Lazzari (195, 27-12) all went two and out.
River Hill county finalist Gabe Vinyard (120, 31-13) won a match by forfeit but finished the tournament 1-2. Howard county finalist Kyle Williamson (32-12) went 0-2 at 145 pounds.
1A/2A state finals:
106: Daiquan Anderson (Oakland Mills) dec. Shane Hovermale (Smithsburg), 11-6
113: Zach Bryant (Catoctin) dec. Dakota Bowers (South Carroll), 6-3
120: Travis Crawford (South Carroll) dec. Steven Yutzy (Southern Garrett), 6-5
126: Joey Thomas (South Carroll) dec. Tyson McDuffy (Owings Mills), 10-4
132: Max Hammond (Sparrows Point) dec. Kyle Farace (Oakland Mills), 1-0
138: Danny Bertoni (Middletown) dec. Tyler Harbison (South Carroll), 2-0
145: David Hollingsworth (Owings Mills) dec. Jordan Day (Northern Garrett), 11-4
152: Adam Bain (Middletown) dec. Jake MacKenzie (South Carroll), 5-2
160: Tyler Bauer (North Caroline) dec. Rasim Aliyev (Pikesville), 7-5
170: Jamar Williams (South Carroll) dec. Eugene Zacerous (Perryville), 8-4
182: Ethan Smith (Sparrows Point) pinned Dwyane Johnson (Dunbar), 1:47
195: Alex Eaton (North Caroline) major dec. Tyler Clemmer (Middletown), 13-4
220: Jorden Pryor (Dunbar) inj dflt. Jack Akers (Century)
285: Sean Mullican (Middletown) dec. Jose Vazquez (Parkside), 2-0
3A/4A state finals:
106: Sean Vosburgh (Leonardtown) dec. Kidus Gebriorgis (Parkdale), 13-7
113: Brent Lorin (Bel Air) dec. Axel Giron (Parkdale), 3-2
120: Nathan Gainey (Arundel) dec. Lucas Young (Churchill), 2-1
126: Earl Blake (Linganore) dec. Brian Stuart (North Hagerstown), 10-9 TB1
132: Scott Obendorfer (Damascus) dec. JD FitzPatrick (Walter Johnson), 5-4
138: Jason Kraisser (Centennial) dec. Logan Arneson (Urbana), 4-2
145: Ryan Lawrence (Damascus) tech fall Chase Pennell (Old Mill), 21-5
152: Jake Nielson (Urbana) dec. Chase De Maille (Oakdale), 3-1
160: Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown) pinned Max Sotka (Glenelg), 2:45
170: Logan McKoy (Oakdale) dec. Khalil Owens (Northwest), 7-2
182: Paul Purkey (Damascus) pinned Garrett Vandervalk (Westminster), 3:22
195: Gino Sita (Huntingtown) dec. Wyatt Graham (C.M. Wright), 8-5
220: Bryce De Maille (Oakdale) pinned Tyler Woodard (Dulaney), 4:13
285: Brendan Woody (South River) dec. Alon Hough (Woodlawn), 2-1