“I call him the ever-ready bunny, and the team has been calling him Iceman,” Mock said. “He’s got it down. He goes one speed the whole time.”
Kraisser says his dominant start is a product of his wrestle-in-the-moment approach that has compounded his confidence.
“I’m not worrying about looking in the future, like, ‘If I win this match what happens then?’” he said. “I’m just taking it one match at a time and not trying to look too far ahead.”
Friday he won an 8-5 decision against senior Matt Snyder, the No. 7 wrestler in the weight class. Kraisser raced out to an early 5-2 lead in the first period after a takedown and a three-point near fall, and he cemented the win with another takedown in the third.
“(The early lead) gave me some confidence,” Kraisser said. “I knew I couldn’t coast, but I didn’t have to be banging the whole match trying to get points. So I played it smart … It wasn’t so much of a grind but just a strategy kind of match.”
Saturday he returned for his second win of the weekend against a nationally ranked senior.
The progression of the match was nearly identical. Kraisser had a takedown and three-point near fall to jump out to a 5-0 lead, and closed out the match in the third. He won 9-2.
As a 125-pounder, Kraisser wrestles first. But the Tar Heels couldn’t capitalize on his wins to begin both matches. They would only score six more points in each meet.
“We underperformed,” redshirt sophomore Tanner Eitel said. “We’re a young team, so I think we have plenty of room to grow.”
Mock, meanwhile, pointed to the team’s depth as the reason for disappointing results.
“We’re lean as cheap toilet paper,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of options.”
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