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Motivated By Brotherly Connection

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

If you have heard teammates refer to themselves as a family, they are usually just close friends that wrestle for the same team. For the Campbell wrestling team, Nathan and Austin Kraisser plus Ville and Jere Heino experience the true brotherly connection.

They are more than just four Camels wrestling for the same team who help guide each other on and off the mat – including twin brothers Brandon and Bradley Skinner.

The older brothers, Nathan and Ville, are leaders for the Campbell squad, and have been able to show the ropes to their younger brothers during their careers. As both veterans prepare for Senior Day this Saturday hosting VMI, the time spent wrestling together becomes even more meaningful.

“I try to set an example for my brother,” said older brother Nathan Kraisser, adding, “and lead by example than through words. I am constantly checking in on him (Austin), and inviting him over to my house to hangout.”

Campbell head coach Cary Kolat views the Kraisser’s and the Heino’s as great assets to the team.

“I think it shows a lot for our program when we have brothers willing to follow their brother to a program that means they are enjoying the experience they are getting,” said Kolat.

“Those guys in particular have made huge impacts on our lineup with both sets [of brothers]. We hope that [Austin and Jere] shine further than their brothers did earning more wins and accomplishments; not to take away from Nathan and Ville.”

Both pair of brothers share similar feelings of support for one another. Just like any other sibling rivalry there is competition, but helping each other improve is what sticks out in the relationship as Campbell teammates and brothers.

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Austin Kraisser – Currently 18-9 in Dual Matches
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Nathan Kraisser – Currently 23-6 in Dual Matches

“We are from a big family, and we have some other brothers. I am a little taller for my weight, and my wrestling tends to be more technical. Austin uses his athleticism more, but since he has been in college, he has become more technical,” Nathan points out.

For younger brother Austin, he has watched his older brother wrestle both as a Tar Heel and as a Fighting Camel when Nathan transferred in 2014, taking an initial redshirt year.

Austin Kraisser has also seen his brother win the Southern Conference Championship, something that is on his personal checklist this season as the tournament approaches.

“I have always gone to his matches and his work inspires me to do as well as I can,” said Austin. “I want to work hard to be just as good as he is or even better. I see Nathan working hard and it makes me want to work hard. It is like a battle back and forth, as we are pushing each other to our limits every day.”

The Kraisser brothers have had the ability to support each other as teammates this season, something that the Heino brothers went through last season during Jere Heino’s first year at Campbell. Both brothers have won their last five matches in their respective classes and are feeding off each others success.

“I have a learned a lot that I have been able to help him (Jere) like where you get car insurance,” noted Ville, adding, “Now that we are older, we aren’t competing against each other since he is so big now. We are supporting each other, and that has been very helpful. We mostly talk about wrestling and it is something we both enjoy.”

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Ville Heino – Currently 23-6 in Dual Matches
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Jere Heino – 19-6 in Dual Matches

Jere Heino has wrestled together with his older brother, Ville, since they were young. Jere earned a spot on So-Con All-Freshman team last season, and finished fourth in the SoCon Championship – striving for even more as his sophomore season concludes next month.

“Ville has been very helpful and good a role model to me,” said Jere Heino. “On the wrestling mat, I think he has been a good inspiration for myself and the rest of the team. I think if Ville wrestles well, it changes my mentality and I do better and I don’t think we would be this close if it wasn’t for wrestling.”

The Heino and Kraisser brothers return to action along with the rest of the Campbell squad on Feb. 18 when they take on VMI for Senior Day at 5:00pm inside Carter Gym, closing out their home career building on the impressive 5-1 start in SoCon action.


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The Fighting Camels embark on the final trip of the 2015-16 season as Nathan Kraisser and Ville Heino represent Campbell at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York.

Nathan Kraisser, the SoCon Champion at 133-pounds, will kickstart the championships against No. 16 seed Anthony Giraldo (Rutgers) in the opening round. The winner will go on to face either No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) or Mason Beckman (Lehigh).

Ville Heino, the SoCon Champion at 184-pounds, will face Jack Dechow from Old Dominion in a pigtail bracket for the chance to wrestle in the first round of the tournament. The winner will compete against No. 1 Gabriel Dean (Cornell).

Action gets started on the mat Thursday as both Heino and Kraisser will compete in the afternoon session, hoping to advance into Friday’s Second Round from the historic Madison Square Garden.

Fans can check out the official brackets, video links and other information pertaining the wrestling championships can be found at the NCAA Wrestling Championships Media Central on the Campbell Wrestling page through GoCamels.com.

Camel Cam – Wrestling w/ Nathan Kraisser

The Fighting Camels Wrestling squad is off to a good start in 2016, defeating VMI and heading into the next home match on Thursday the 28th with a win under its belt.

Campbell has three grapplers in the 1st NCAA wrestling coaches panel of the season. Nationally-ranked Nathan Kraisser (#24), Paul Duggan (#29) and Ville Heino (#32) all have made tremendous strides this season under coach Cary Kolat.

For more on the Fighting Camels success on the mat, Camel Cam interviewed Nathan Kraisser about his rise in the national rankings.

Back In The Win Column

The Fighting Camels defeated SoCon rival VMI on Friday night, 24-15, ending a 21-match dual losing streak, kickstarting the 2016 school year on a strong note.

No. 19 ranked Nathan Kraisser (133), the defending SoCon Wrestler of the Week, set the tone early in the match with an impressive pin. Paul Duggan (165) won in decision and then Ville Heino (184) gave Campbell all the points they would need after a 5-0 technical fall win, while freshman Austin McNeill (197) earned his first official collegiate win.

Campbell takes to the mat again on Friday Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to compete against SoCon opponent Gardner-Webb. #theCreekisRising

Kraisser Setting The SoCon Bar

Following an undefeated 5-0 week featuring two pins, redshirt junior Nathan Kraisser earned SoCon Wrestler of the Week honors.

The 133-pound wrestler stepped up at the Virginia Duals, amassing a perfect 4-0 record, improving his overall mark to 25-7 in his Campbell career including a 10-1 record in Dual matches.

Kraisser, a transfer from University of North Carolina, made the Southern Conference Honor Roll (+3.0 GPA) last season while redshirting the entire year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Campbell returns to the mat this Friday as the Fighting Camels head to conference-foe VMI for a 7:30 p.m. start in Lexington, VA.

Sparring The SoCon

Campbell Wrestling returns from the Southern Scuffle at UT Chattanooga over the weekend preparing for the 2016 SoCon slate.

The Fighting Camels placed 14th overall as a squad with Nathan Kraisser (4th place, 133 pounds) and Paul Duggan (8th place, 165 pounds) finishing inside the top-10 of their respective weight class.

Campbell now returns home Wednesday inside historic Carter Gym for a SoCon scuffle with Appalachian State starting at 5 p.m. Fans can also watch the match live on the Big South Network.

Make sure to follow @GoCamelsWrestle for updates throughout the season as the Fighting Camels embark on the new year.