Anoka senior Brandon Krone capped his high school career with a second-place finish in the 152-pound division of the Class 3A wrestling state tournament on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
Here is a closer look at Krone:
Q: How would you describe the experience of the state tournament?
A: It’s really exciting, but at the same time, there’s a lot of nerves. Last year, I think helped me to be able to control my nerves. But to go out there and see all the fans and everything, it’s a little nerve-wracking.
I think I wrestled hard. It’s frustrating to lose in the state finals, but I’m happy I’m here and that I’ve been gifted with what God’s given me so far. I finished 34-2, and I was pretty happy with my senior year, having that be my record.
Q: What got you into wrestling?
A: I started when I was pretty young. [Anoka assistant coaches] Lucas Murray and Rich Miller are really tight with my family. Our families are really connected, and when I came to Anoka, I just got really involved in the program.
Q: What do you like about wrestling?
A: Everything. You’ve got to love it, just the fight of it. You have to love everything about it to be able to do it. The cutting weight, the constant hours of practice — working out every morning and then practice after school — it’s not an easy sport, and you have to love doing it. You have to devote yourself, and I think the people who have the success are the ones who actually love it.
Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played football growing up, and I was a varsity outside linebacker, but I got a concussion and I didn’t want to risk my wrestling season this year. So, I decided to just rest up for the wrestling season and make sure I was ready.
Q: What do you like most about high school sports?
A: Just the competition, you know. I live for that thrill of just competing. To be able to go out there and do something you love and just compete is great.
Q: Do you have any pre-match traditions or rituals?
A: I just warm up, and I always pray. A lot of times my coach will [help me warm up] and set the tempo for me. Other than that, it’s just warming up and praying.
Q: Any particular pre-match music or meals?
A: I really like smoothies before a match. I listen to everything, but it sort of depends on the match. Sometimes, I’m like super over-excited and I need to calm down and I’ll try to listen to something really low-key. And sometimes, I might try to get myself really excited for something, so I’ll listen to some techno or something more upbeat like that.
Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: I’m going to the University of Minnesota to major in pre-architecture and design. Hopefully, someday, I’ll have my own architectural business and can work from home and have a family.