Four years of high school wrestling have not changed Nathan Kraisser's basic reason for pursuing the sport: "It's still fun just to roll around on the mat and wrestle," he said.
It hasn't been so much fun for his opponents. The senior became only the fifth wrestler ever to win four Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association state titles over a career. In his final season he went 36-3, winning his fourth Howard County, East regional and Class 4A-3A state titles. He finished 152-6 overall for his career and is ranked 11th in his weight class nationally by Intermat.
This season he had 21pins, eight technical falls, four major decisions, two forfeits and an overtime victory. In going 16-0 over four years in the state tournament, he won every match by major decision, technical fall or pin.
"His work ethic is amazing," Centennial coach Dave Roogow said. "He is never done [working]. For him, there is always something more to prove to himself."
Kraisser will attend North Carolina on a full wrestling scholarship.