Georgetown Prep’s Krause claims 145-pound crown
Little Hoyas finish sixth in team competition; Good Counsel places fifth
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.