The KROX Athlete of the week is
Zach Brown, a Sophomore on the Crookston Pirate Wrestling team that is
ranked #3 in the state at 113 pounds. Zach is coming off a great start to the
season with a 5-0 record with a first-place finish at the Wahpeton tournament
and two more wins in the Border Battle on Tuesday. Zach won the 113-pound
championship at Wahpeton by winning his first two matches by pin and won an
exciting 3-2 decision in the championship. On Tuesday, he wrestled at 126 pounds
vs Grand Forks Central and won 8-2 and he won by a forfeit against Red River.
"Zach is off to a great start and after finishing second at Wahpeton last year
it was nice to see him get first place this year. He got better as the
tournament went along and he finished strong and stepped up big in the
championship match. As the matches get bigger, he gets better," said Pirate
Coach Wes Hanson. "From the moment he stepped foot in the wrestling room he has
been a natural and has worked very hard to get where he is today."
Zach was the section champion at 113 pounds last year as a freshman. At state, he lost his first match 11-8, bounced back to win his second match 5-4 before losing a heartbreaker 5-4 to wrap up his first state tournament appearance. Zach finished fourth place at sections his eighth-grade year at 106 pounds and as a seventh grader he only weighed 77 pounds and wasn’t big enough to wrestle! Zach has come a long way. He has 68 career wins and is one of the top-ranked wrestlers and is the favorite in Section 8A at 113 pounds.
In addition to wrestling, Brown had an outstanding fall on the football field. He was sixth on the team in defensive points and he had one fumble recovery, showing you don’t have to be big to be good at football. It sure does help to be tough and he is definitely a tough and hard-nosed kid.
First started wrestling - Five years old
What do you feel is the strongest part of your game – Takedowns
Part of your game that needs work – Riding
Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced – Ashton Clark of Park Rapids
Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far- Winning a match at state last year
Do you have a pre-match ritual – Joke with friends and listen to music
Favorite place to wrestle – Crookston High School gymnasium
Favorite sport - Wrestling
Favorite sports team – Minnesota Vikings
Favorite athlete – Mark Hall (Penn State)
Last movie you’ve seen - Bad Santa 2
Favorite TV program – Friends
Favorite food - Chicken Alfredo
What music are you listening to – Anything
Something about you that people don’t know – I actually have to lose weight to get to 113 pounds
Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you – Cade DeLeon, Blake Fee and Jaden Lubarski
Plans after graduation – Hopefully wrestle in college and get a degree
Mom - Lisa (RiverView Health)
Sisters – Molly (19 years old)
Carly (8th grade)
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