ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Crookston Pirate State-bound Wrestlers

Carter Coauette, Hunter Knutson, Ethan Boll, Ethan Bowman, and Zach Brown

The KROX Athletes of the week are Carter Coauette, a 106-pound 8th grader, Ethan Bowman, a 113-pound freshman, Zach Brown, a 120-pound Junior, Hunter Knutson, a 145-pound freshman, and Ethan Boll, a 182-pound freshman who will all be competing for the Crookston Pirate Wrestling team in the State Individual Tournament beginning this Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Crookston’s five wrestlers competing at the State Tournament is one shy of the school record six that competed at State in 2011.

Carter Coauette enters his first State Tournament with a 28-10 record. Coauette earned his spot at State after winning a true-second place match in the Section 8A individual tournament over Jaxon Janousek of BGMR 12-2. Coauette will be the 11-seed at 106-pounds. “Carter has won a number of big matches in his young career but none bigger than his true second match last Saturday to solidify a trip to state,” said Crookston Wrestling coach Wes Hanson. “He wrestles an aggressive style but also has solid defense which makes him effective on the mat.”

Ethan Bowman heads to his first State Tournament with a 35-9 record. Bowman earned his spot at State with a second-place finish in the Section 8A individual tournament after defeating third-place finisher Keegan Senger of Fosston-Bagley in the semifinals 11-1. Bowman will be the 16-seed at 113-pounds. Bowman enters the State tournament with 66 career wins. “Ethan is very crafty and opportunistic on the mat,” noted Hanson. “He is very deserving of this trip to state.”

Zach Brown returns to the State Tournament for the third straight year after placing fourth at the State Tournament in 2019. Brown is 32-9 this season and won the Section 8A title at 120-pounds defeating Christian Carlson of Frazee 7-4 in the championship match. Brown earned the 4th-seed in the State Tournament bracket. Brown enters the State tournament with 134 career wins. “Zach is wrestling extremely well at the right time,” explained Hanson. “Being a three-time section champion is quite a feat and I’m excited to coach him while in pursuit of his ultimate goal.”

Hunter Knutson enters his first State Tournament with a 22-20 record. Knutson won the Section 8A title at 145 pounds after beating Hank Tellers of United North Central 6-5 clinching a trip to State. Knutson will be the 15-seed at 145-pounds. “Hunter is peaking at the right time and it showed here last weekend with him earning the section title,” said Hanson. “The ride out for the win in the finals was a moment we’ll never forget.”

Ethan Boll heads to his first State Tournament with a. 36-5 record. Boll clinched a spot at State with his semifinal victory over third-place finisher Nathan Waage of BGMR by pin in 1:55. Boll will be the 12-seed at 182-pounds. Boll enters the state tournament with 82 career wins. “Ethan has had a tremendous season so far and we look forward to seeing what he can do at the state level,” added Hanson.”

All five wrestlers begin their journey towards a state title on Friday in St. Paul with the first round scheduled to begin at 9 AM Friday and continuing through Saturday evening with live wrestling reports from the state tournament throughout the championship on KROX.

Carter Coauette:

Other Activities outside of Wrestling– football and baseball

First started wrestling– 1st Grade

Best part of your game- conditioning

Part of your game that still needs the most work– on his feet and on top

Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced– Ethan Hendrickson, United North Central

Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far– Qualifying for State

Do you have a pre-match ritual– listening to music

Favorite sport– football

Favorite sports team– Minnesota Vikings

Favorite athlete– Adam Theielen, Minnesota Vikings

Favorite place to wrestle– Crookston High School Gymnasium

Last movie you’ve seen- The Girl on the Third Floor

Favorite TV program– All-American

Favorite food– pizza

What music are you listening to– Rap

Something about you that people don’t know– I have good grades

Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you– My dad, Ethan Boll, Colton Weiland

Plans after graduation– go to college

Family –
Dad- Andy (Farmer)
Dad’s Fiance- Lisa Britnell (Altru Clinic)
Sisters-  Jenna (Sophomore)
Charlie (2nd grader at Highland)
Brother- Matthew Contreras ( 7th grader)

Ethan Bowman:

Other Activities outside of Wrestling– football and baseball

First started wrestling– preschool

Best part of your game– top riding

Part of your game that still needs the most work– bottom position

Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced– Zach Brown

Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far– Qualifying for State this year

Do you have a pre-match ritual– listen to music

Favorite sport– wrestling

Favorite sports team– 2017-18 Crookston Wrestling team

Favorite athlete- Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

Favorite place to wrestle– Crookston High School Gymnasium

Last movie you’ve seen– 21 and Over

Favorite TV program– The Ranch

Favorite food– pizza

What music are you listening to– rap

Something about you that people don’t know– I really like food

Your are stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you– My mom, My girlfriend, and Zach Brown

Plans after graduation– go to college

Family –
Dad- Dave (New Flyer)
Mom- Sunny (REM)
Sisters- Emily ( 7th grader)

 

Zach Brown:

Other Activities outside of Wrestling– Football

First started wrestling– Kindergarten

Best part of your game– Takedowns

Part of your game that still needs the most work– Bottom position

Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced– Charlie Elwood, Medford

Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far– Placing 4th at State last year

Do you have a pre-match ritual– listen to music and joke around with the team

Favorite sport– wrestling

Favorite sports team– Minnesota Vikings

Favorite athlete– Mark Hall, Penn State

Favorite place to wrestle– Xcel Energy Center

Last movie you’ve seen– Bedtime Stories

Favorite TV program– The Office

Favorite food– Chicken Alfredo

What music are you listening to– Rap

Something about you that people don’t know– does not like popcorn

You are stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you– Colton Weiland, Ethan Bowman, my girlfriend

Plans after graduation– go to college and try to wrestle

Family –
Mom- Lisa (nurse at Riverview)
Sisters- Molly (works in daycare)
Carly (freshman at CHS)

 

Hunter Knutson:

Other Activities outside of Wrestling– football and baseball

First started wrestling– 2nd Grade

Best part of your game– on the feet

Part of your game that still needs the most work– bottom position

Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced– Hunter Kresl

Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far- Winning his Section Championship match

Do you have a pre-match ritual– listening to music

Favorite sport– wrestling

Favorite sports team– Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling

Favorite athlete– Austin DeSanto, Iowa

Favorite place to wrestle– Fargo Dome

Last movie you’ve seen– Step Brothers

Favorite TV program– All-American

Favorite food– Pizza

What music are you listening to– hip-hop/ Rap

Something about you that people don’t know– Enjoys running

Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you– Ethan Bowman, Zach Brown and my grandpa

Plans after graduation– Go to college

Family –
Dad- Justin (Custom Collision)
Mom- Tracey (Lawyer at Reynolds, Harbott, Knutson, & Larson P.L.L.P.)
Sisters- Carley (7th grader)

 

Ethan Boll:

Other Activities outside of Wrestling– football, baseball

First started wrestling– kindergarten

Best part of your game– strength

Part of your game that still needs the most work– top position and riding

Toughest wrestler you’ve ever faced– Coach Cade Peterson

Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far– Qualifying for State

Do you have a pre-match ritual- says a prayer, listens to music

Favorite sport– football

Favorite sports team– Minnesota Vikings

Favorite athlete– Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)

Favorite place to wrestle– Crookston High School Gymnasium

Last movie you’ve seen– Rocky II

Favorite TV program– Tom & Jerry

Favorite food– ribs

What music are you listening to– country

Something about you that people don’t know– Played basketball and wrestled until 5th grade

Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you
My dad, mom, and grandpa

Plans after graduation– play football in college

Family –
Dad- Bryan (Farmer)
Mom- Melissa (Farmer)
Brothers- Eli (Kindergarten)
Sisters- Emma (Junior)
Chloe (6th grader)
Grace (4th grader)
Morgan (2nd grader)