Varsity All-howard

March 29, 2009

wrestling

Wrestler of the Year

Nathan Kraisser, Centennial

The 103-pound freshman went 39-1, including a victory at 112 pounds during the regular season when he wrestled up a class to face two-time state champ Scott Mantua of River Hill. He followed that confidence boost by doing what no other wrestler in the 4A-3A class could - he pinned his first three opponents and then won the state title, 12-0.

Coach of the Year

Ryan Kanaskie, Reservoir

The Gators were a surprise from their opening match when they routed Centennial, 51-28. They went on to qualify 11 wrestlers for the 4A-3A East regional. "I don't know that I'd disagree with calling my team an overachiever, but I would say they won matches because they were passionate and refused to lose," said Kanaskie, 28. In his fourth season as the Gators' head coach, he has a 73-19 record. He will lose just three wrestlers to graduation this spring and expects to have a shot at the county title next season.

The team

Wt. Name School Cl.

103 Nathan Kraisser Centennial Fr.

112 Scott Mantua River Hill Sr.

119 Tim Schwartz Reservoir Sr.

125 Brendan Conway Glenelg Jr.

130 Kris Dutt Howard Sr.

135 Josh Halper Hammond Sr.

140 Nathan White River Hill Sr..

145 Brian Kraisser Centennial Jr.

152 Peter Petties Oakland Mills Sr.

160 Sam Nuss Hammond Jr.

171 Scott Trench River Hill Sr.

189 Danny Flanagan Hammond Sr.

215 Jake Pace River Hill Sr.

285 Michael Daniel Oakland Mills Sr.

Note: Team selected by Sandra McKee after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

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