Few public school wrestlers have been as dominant as Centennial junior Jason Kraisser, and there is no doubt any family has been as dominant as his.
Kraisser, the younger brother of four-time state champion Nathan and three-time winner Austin, capped off a perfect season this winter with his third state title.
He finished his junior campaign 39-0 with 34 pins. In the state tournament, he pinned his first three opponents in a total of four minutes before defeating Huntingtown’s Josh Stokes, 16-3, in the final. Kraisser also won the Mount Mat Madness tournament for the first time, securing four falls in 3:26 or less and a 4-2 decision over Chase McCollum of Haverford (Pa.), a National Preps finalist, in the championship bout.
“I think one thing I characterize myself with — I’m not sure everyone else does — is taking every match seriously. That’s a big thing that I think really helped me broaden the gap for me this year,” Kraisser said. “Once you get to that level you’re expected to compete at the same standard every match, so you’ve got to be able to treat every match the same, whether it’s a dual meet or the state finals. Every single match you wrestle is important and everyone out there is gunning for you.”
Kraisser, who owns a career record of 119-4 and is ranked sixth in the country by InterMat and 10th by Flowrestling, has committed to join Austin at Campbell after his senior season. He earned the outstanding wrestler award after winning the 2016 National High School Coaches Association 132-pound freshman national championship with five pins in 7:29 and became an All-American with an eighth-place finish at the junior freestyle nationals in Fargo, N.D., in 2017.
Kraisser is on pace to become the eighth wrestler in Maryland history to win four state championships. Counting the accomplishments of his oldest brother Brian and their father, Cliff, the Eagles coach, the Kraissers have won 11 state championships and 14 county titles. Combining the career records of Nathan, Austin and Jason, the trio is 425-18 over 11 seasons.