When Kraisser took the mat against Magruder senior Parke Overmiller, a defending state champion, there was a crowd of people in the stands behind him wearing matching red T-shirts with letters on them that spelled out “Kraisser.”
The de facto fan club was not just made up of family members, either, though older brother Brian — a two-time county champ who graduated last year — was one of the T-shirt wearers. Teammates, friends and even members of opposing Howard County wrestling teams were all there rooting for Nathan to win his third state title.
“That was really cool to see my family and some of my wrestling teammates up there supporting me. Some River Hill buddies, some Howard County guys were up there,” said Kraisser, who won, 11-3. “It was a great feeling.”
“The funny thing is that’s not even his personality” to make a spectacle, coach Dave Roogow said. “But I think it’s great that they do that.”
What it comes down to is that just about everyone wants to see Nathan, the Columbia Flier/ Howard County Times Wrestler of the Year, win.
“It doesn’t hurt that he’s just a really good nice, kid,” Roogow said. “I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about him.”