Tag: Wrestling

Preview: Centennial Wrestlers Going to States

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Centennial Varsity wrestling team is sending two wrestlers, senior Jacob Blyukher and junior Jason Kraisser, to the MPSSA 3A state tournament on both Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.

Kraisser, the brother of two former state champions at Centennial High School, is seeking to add a third state championship win to his already-impressive resume as a junior. Kraisser has had a superb season, pinning all of his opponents except one, and is looking to keep his unbeaten streak alive heading into states.

This has been a season of firsts for Blyukher. He not only won his first county title, but he also captured his first regional title. His hard work throughout the season has evidently payed off as he will be making his third appearance at the state tournament in his four years of wrestling at Centennial.

Both wrestlers are expected to have tough competition in their final tournament, but it is hopeful they will both end in victories. The state wrestling tournament will be held at the Show Place Arena at 2:30pm.

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Looking Towards Wrestling’s County Competition

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Centennial varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams are heading into their county competition on February 16 and 17 at Mount Hebron High School.  In previous years the competition has been held at River Hill, but this year it was decided to move the competition to Mt. Hebron.

The varsity competitors have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition whereas the junior varsity team cannot advance forward.

The wrestlers to keep an eye out for are junior Jason Kraisser (145), a two time county and state champion, who is looking to add to his victories, and senior Jacob Blyukher (138), who has finished top in the county tournament every year.

When asked about what he’s looking to accomplish in this year’s county competition Blyukher said, “My ultimate goal is to get a county title, but I also have to set myself small goals to get there like not getting taken down in any match or scoring certain points. I am going to take one match at a time and we’ll see where it goes.”

Newcomer Chris Lee (106) is expected to finish in a top spot in the county competition because of his impressive matches this season. Lee finished in 5th place at the Franklin Tournament. Centennial Wrestling hopes to continue to dominate both individually and as a team at counties.

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Eagles Drop Both Matches In Tri-Meet

Words: Sydney Beck

Centennial wrestling hosted a tri-meet against Oakland Mills High School and Mount Hebron High School on Tuesday, December 19, hoping to come out with a win.

Centennial started off the tri-meet wrestling Oakland Mills. The eagles came out strong hoping to maintain their significant lead and secure a win. Unfortunately Centennial couldn’t keep up when Oakland Mills fought back winning with a total team score of 48-27.

Centennial finished the meet wrestling their long time rivals, Mt. Hebron. Although there was a groundbreaking turnout, the eagles lost with a team score of 54-15.

Centennial wrestler, Zaid Narmouq, had an outstanding win against Oakland Mills as he pinned his opponent in the beginning of the second period. Captain Jason Kraisser also secured a win against both teams tonight. When asked how he and the team are going to prepare for the next match, Kraisser was determined to improve on his performance as well as the team’s as a whole.

“I’m going to look back at my match and fix all the little problems and minute details, as well as give advice to the other guys on the team,” said Kraisser.

Although Centennial has had a rocky start to the season, with a team record of 2-4, there are high hopes that they bounce back quickly and prepare for their next match on Thursday against Winters Mill.

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Centennial Wrestling Drops Close Match Against River Hill

Words: Peyton Leineweber   Photos: Zach Grable

The Centennial wrestling team lost to River Hill High School in a close match on Thursday, December 14. The Eagles, who came into this match 2-1 have now dropped two straight matches, to Howard High school on Tuesday and tonight to River Hill.

Centennial and River Hill had a close run, but unfortunately Centennial lost with a final score of 33-47. Although Centennial needed one more pin to tie up the final score, River Hill secured the win in the final match .

Even though Centennial did not come out on top, first year wrestler, Nicholas Yee, had a remarkable match. His match was determined when he held off his opponent in the final seconds to capture the win.

Team captains, junior Jason Kraisser and senior Jacob Blyukher also had key matches that kept River Hill from advancing too far ahead in overall team points. They both won with pins; Blyukher in the second period and Kraisser in the first period.

Next Tuesday Centennial faces long time rival Mount Hebron High School and Oakland Mills High School in a tri-meet at home.

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Centennial Splits Tri-meet On The Road

Words: Peyton Leineweber      Photos: Sydney Beck

The Centennial wrestling team went into their match on Tuesday, December 12, hoping to secure two more wins at their tri-meet against Wilde Lake High School and Howard High School.

The team began the night wrestling Wilde Lake. They came out on top winning with a total team score of 72-12. Many of the wrestlers on the team finished their matches with pins.

Junior Jordan Carton and sophomore Zach Grossman finished their matches with impressive pins in the third quarter adding to the growing team score.

Centennial finished the meet wrestling Howard. They lost with a total team score of 35-47.

Both team captain Jacob Blyukher and Zaid Narmouq had important matches that helped contribute to the overall score. Blyukher won his second match with a technical pin in the third period while Narmouq won his with a pin in the first period.

When asked who had the most impressive matches of the night both Blyukher and Narmouq agreed on 106 pound wrestler, Christopher Lee, who won both of his matches with pins in the first period.

“He stepped up. First year guy, got pins, and did what he was supposed to do” said Blyukher.

Even though both matches did not turn out as wins Narmouq saw improvement from his teammates since last week’s match.

“We are improving everyday at practice and I hope we get better as a team” said Narmouq.

The team hopes to rebound in their next match on Thursday against River Hill High School.

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Centennial Wrestling Comes Out On Top In Home Opener

Words: Peyton Leineweber       Photos: Zach Grable

The Centennial wrestling team opened their season with a home match this Thursday, December 7, against Glenelg Country School. They went into the match with a full roster hoping to pull off their first win of the season. Unfortunately, Glenelg Country School only showed out with four wrestlers.

When asked about the low turnout for the opposing team Centennial coach Cliff Kraisser said that he was “disappointed for the guys because they have been working hard since the middle of November. We were excited to have our first match, and we only had the opportunity to wrestle four matches.”

Centennial won with an overall team score of 72-9. The majority of the team points were forfeits by Glenelg Country School. Some standout matches include first year wrestler, Nicholas Ye who won his match with a pin in the third period. Jason Kraisser also had an impressive match pinning his opponent in 52 seconds.

Team captain Kraisser hopes to help the team improve for the next match, so they can secure another win.

“ We need to work on creating opportunities to score in each of our matches,” said Kraisser, “we look good overall, but I think if we can fix those little details for everyone I think we can be great”

The team hopes to continue to dominate in their tri-meet next Tuesday against Howard High School and Wilde Lake High School.

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