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Centennial's Kraisser leads top returning Howard County wrestlers
Centennial's Kraisser leads top returning Howard County wrestlers

Minutes before stepping on the mat for his 145-pound state championship match in March, Austin Krassier got word from his father and coach Cliff that his older brother Nathan, then a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, had won the 125-pound Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title. The news gave him confidence for his match and just one more reason to win, even though he already had enough motivating him. A loss in a close match to a senior in the 138-pound championship Kraisser’s freshman season eats at him constantly. He thinks about it often when he’s on the mat. That loss, in the eyes of many, meant he would never be as good as the older brother he idolizes....

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