Private schools champion Ethan Krause, a senior at Georgetown Prep, signed to wrestle at Duke University, where he expects to redshirt during his initial season.
“I chose Duke for the environment that was created with the combination of great young men, top notch academics and a team focused on improvement every day,” said Krause, who finished seventh at 138 pounds in April’s National High School Coaches’ Association tournament at The Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va.
“Last year was strong for me, academically, with a 28 ACT score and an 1860 on my SAT. I had a 3.48 GPA while taking some of the hardest classes offered at Prep. At Duke, I would like to major in economics with a concentration in finance. This is a field that has interested me with the job opportunities present in Maryland, where I plan on living post-graduation.”
Krause is keeping an open mind regarding his college transition and his future role with the Blue Devils of Head Coach Glen Lanham.
“As far as starting, I believe that I’ll redshirt my first year in Durham, but I’ll be ready to go right away if coach Lanham wants me to,” said Krause, 17.
“All of my coaches have wrestled in college, and they’ve been working with me these past few years on some of the skills necessary to succeed at the college level.”
Krause led the Little Hoyas to their 12th straight Interstate Athletic Conference title, earning the event’s Outstanding Wrestler honors after pinning all three opponents, including Landon’s fourth-place state finisher Brendon Gallagher.
Krause already had beaten Gallagher by technical fall in an earlier meeting.
He won last year’s private schools tournament, 3-2, over McDonogh’s Quinn Devaney, who was runner-up for the second consecutive year. Krause, who missed the private schools tournament as a sophomore due to a concussion, placed fifth at last year’s National Preps.
The win over Devaney followed Krause’s 87-second pin of MIAA runner-up Nick Goray of Archbishop Spalding, whom Krause had beaten, 5-0, for the title at The Mount Mat Madness Invitational earlier in the season.
Devaney, who is bound for the University of Maryland, had won two of three bouts against Goray.
“My goals for the upcoming season are the same as they’ve always been, and that’s running through February undefeated. I’ve trained with this goal in mind every day,” said Krause. “Whenever I don’t feel like practicing or working out or conditioning or lifting, I remind myself what it’s all for. This has been motivating me these past few months, knowing that I’ve put in the work for it and that I’ve suffered for long enough.”
The state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler at 138 pounds last season, Krause plans to rise into 145 pounds this year.
“During junior nationals in Fargo, I had an extremely tough time making weight and competing shortly thereafter,” said Krause. “I focused on getting bigger while staying in good shape. I recently committed to moving up to 145 for the year. This, I feel, will allow me to focus in practices every day while not being to small for the weight class.”