Centennial wrestler Kraisser commits to UNC
Nathan Kraisser, a rising senior at Centennial, has committed to wrestle at the University of North Carolina after high school. (Photo by Nate Pesce/Paxutent Publishing)
All-America Centennial wrestler Nathan Kraisser committed to the University of North Carolina late Tuesday afternoon, lifting pressure from his shoulders and no doubt disappointing Maryland and Virginia Tech, the two other schools on his short list.
"I just committed two hours ago," Kraisser said by phone. "It's a relief, a big relief. Now I can just go wrestle and enjoy my senior year."
North Carolina is in the midst of building its wrestling program, and Kraisser said that aspect was appealing, as well as the belief that he could grow as a wrestler there.
"I liked the coaching staff,” he said. “I felt I'd have good teammates and I just felt comfortable there.”
Kraisser went 41-0 last season and has won 63 straight high school matches. He’s a three-time 4A-3A state, East Regional and Howard County champion.
Last week he earned dual All-America status at the Fargo Nationals by placing in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions in the 125-pound weight class. It’s the fourth straight year Kraisser has earned All-America honors in Fargo.
-- By Sandra McKee