Ge­orge­town Prep’s Krause claims 145-pound crown

Lit­tle Hoyas fin­ish sixth in team com­pe­ti­tion; Good Coun­sel places fifth

The Washington Post Sunday - - ALLMETSPORTS.COM - BY JOSHUA NEEDELMAN joshua.needelman@wash­post.com

The past two weeks had been long for Ethan Krause. With­out live com­pe­ti­tion to sate his wrestling ap­petite, the Ge­orge­town Prep se­nior found him­self get­ting anx­ious.

He tried a va­ri­ety of out­lets to fill the void — watch­ing old matches, stay­ing late af­ter prac­tice and dis­sect­ing his form dur­ing math class — but noth­ing matched step­ping on the mat and star­ing down an op­po­nent.

So Krause made the most of this week­end’s Mary­land In­de­pen­dent School state tour­na­ment at Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Bel Air, Md., win­ning all five of his matches en route to his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ti­tle. He beat McDonogh School’s Quinn De­vaney, 7-3, in the 145-pound fi­nal Satur­day.

“The way I was wrestling in prac­tice, I re­ally don’t ex­pect much less. I work my [butt] off by my own stan­dards,” Krause said. “Any­thing less than a state fi­nals ap­pear­ance wasn’t in my mind.”

Krause was the lone cham­pion for Ge­orge­town Prep, which fin­ished sixth with 124 points. Spald­ing fin­ished in fourth with 167.5 points. Good Coun­sel (160.5 points) and Lan­don (74 points) fin­ished in fifth and 12th, re­spec­tively, while Mount Saint Joseph took first with 309.5 points.

Satur­day wasn’t Krause and De­vaney’s first matchup. In ad­di­tion to a reg­u­lar sea­son bout, which Krause won, the duo squared off in last year’s 138pound state fi­nal.

Krause won that matchup, too, so he en­tered Satur­day with con­fi­dence. Ge­orge­town Prep Coach Carl Buch­holz said De­vaney’s only points came via es­capes, with Krause dom­i­nat­ing the ma­jor­ity of the con­test.

For a com­peti­tor Buch­holz cham­pi­oned as his “hard­est­work­ing kid,” it was hardly a sur­pris­ing re­sult.

“It’s hard to get the kid to smile. When kids are goof­ing off, he’s yelling at them,” Buch­holz said. “He wants to be the best.”

Soon af­ter walk­ing off the mat, Krause shifted his at­ten­tion to next week­end, when he will have a chance to end his high school ca­reer with a na­tional preps ti­tle.

But first, the Duke signee walked off the mat and hugged his coach. He let a smile peek through.

“Fi­nally,” Buch­holz said. “He’s kind of a quirky kid, so when he smiles it means some­thing good hap­pened.”

Lit­tle Hoyas se­nior Thomas Gates, who rose from 220 pounds to 285 pounds mid­way through the sea­son, came up short in the fi­nal to McDonogh School’s PJ Mustipher. Good Coun­sel had a pair of cham­pi­ons, with Bai­ley Thomas at 152 pounds and Brady Daniel at 220 pounds. Spald­ing had no first-place win­ners, but 120-pound Paul Trun­tich earned sec­ond.

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