Burke's Santarion Frasier eyes state wrestling title
Burke High School's Santarion Frasier might be the best high school wrestler in the state. It just seems that no one has realized it yet.
The Burke sophomore is 19-1 and has an 18-match winning streak heading into this weekend's Charleston County Championships, but he's not listed among the top five Class AA wrestlers in his weight class (152 pounds).
He might lack recognition, but he's full of confidence. Frasier is working toward achieving his goal of winning an individual state title.
"I just have to keep pushing myself until I reach it," Frasier said.
"I have to keep pushing myself until I'm No. 1."
Fraiser showed potential last year with an impressive regular season. However, he was denied a berth in the individual state championships when he lost to Garrett Tech's Sterling Campbell in the 145-pound classification. Frasier was 5-0 last season against Campbell until it mattered most.
"We've got a little friendly rivalry going," Frasier said of Campbell.
"I learned that I couldn't slack off. That loss to him made me realize I really don't like losing. It's not a good feeling."
Frasier is a team leader despite his sophomore status. He's a tri-captain along with senior Rashawn Lowry and junior Cronyn Wright.
The Burke wrestling program has grown under coaches Brendan McCann and Rashard Middleton. There are 15 wrestlers on the team and the Bulldogs have competitors in eight of the 15 weight classes.
McCann feels Frasier can be a state champion despite being an underclassman. Frasier was 1-1 after two matches and has reeled off 18 straight winning decisions heading into this weekend's event at Stall.
"He told me, 'Coach, I'm not losing another match,' " said McCann, who wrestled for Bishop England in the early 2000s.
"He's not just winning, he's competing against some outstanding talent and he's done really well."
Frasier said he knows what it takes to win.
"I have to be motivated," he said. "If I don't give it 100 percent mentally or physically, I won't learn anything. In practice, you can see how your body works, how it reacts."
It's an attitude like that that gives Frasier a chance to compete at the next level.
"You usually don't like to put a ceiling on someone so young," McCann said. "But he's shown potential that he could have a college career if he sticks with it, which I think he will."