Hometown Hero Ep. 3 | Andrew Crone

By TomM January 31, 2018 08:00

Hometown Hero Ep. 3 | Andrew Crone

Hometown Hero Ep. 3 | Andrew Crone

by Abigail Ruckdashel | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The third episode of our Hometown Hero series continues with Red Shirt Senior Andrew Crone. The 157 lb. starter and 2017 NCAA qualifier is currently 18-7 and ranked No. 20 by Intermat.

Crone is from Delafield, Wisconsin where he wrestled at Arrowhead High School. He was a two-time state champion for the Warhawks his Sophomore and Senior seasons.  In his final high school match Crone knocked off previously undefeated and top-ranked Joe Umlauf of Wausau West in the state finals to take home the Division 1 132 lb. title.

For the Badgers so far, this season, Crone and Red Shirt Freshman Evan Wick have provided a one-two punch to opponents at the middle weights. Crone is in the heat of his best season to date taking the runner-up spot at the Roadrunner Invite as well as placing seventh at the Midlands Championships.

With postseason looming, Crone cannot be stopped, most notably knocking off number No. 5 Alec Pantaleo of Michigan earlier this month. Coming off the big upset, he has kept his Big Ten record untarnished. Crone looks forward to another appearance at this year’s NCAA’s, hopefully with better results.

“I don’t know if [my preparation] is different this year, but I definitely want a different outcome. I’d say my training is the pretty much the same. Just believing in the process and knowing that when I’m there I’ve got that experience and I’m ready to get it done,” he said.

WWO: Did you have dreams of being a Badger when you were growing up?

AC: “Even before I started wrestling I wanted to be a Badger. Just watching their football team growing up, and then once I started wrestling it just kind of grew. I really always knew I wanted to be a Badger.”

WWO: What is your favorite memory as a Badger so far?

AC: “[We were wrestling at Rutgers] and it was right in the grind of our season. Sometimes we were getting down, because things were getting tough, but to have a huge win like that against a rival that we definitely bump heads with was what we needed. It was super intense. We went from being worn down to just jacked up about the year. It was pretty sweet.”

WWO: Big Ten’s and NCAA’s are right around the corner. What are you doing to get yourself in the right headspace for the post season excitement?

AC: “I’d say the biggest thing is just being consistent. You’re training all year long for NCAA’s. It’s not like two weeks ahead of it you make some big change. You’re pretty much locked in all year. It’s really just being consistent with your weight, with your training and just coming in every day focused and ready to get the job done.”

WWO: If there’s a little kid that wants to be a Badger, what do they have to do?

AC: “I think the guys that have the most success in this sport are the guys that really love it. Kids can get worn out by just grinding so hard at a young age, that they end up just not liking it anymore because it gets too hard on them. I think the biggest piece really is to just have fun with it. You have to love the sport for what it is. Also, you have to come in every day with a mindset of you want to keep learning. That’s really big too.”

Not only is Andrew a fierce competitor on the mat, he’s an animal in the classroom. Crone is a three-time recipient of the George Martin Scholarship Award, which is awarded to the undergrad with the highest cumulative GPA. He was 2015 and 2016 Academic All-Big Ten and 2015-16 and a 2016-17 Athletic Board Scholar.

The next chance to catch the Badgers in action is Friday, February 9 when they take on Nebraska in the UW Fieldhouse. The battle begins at 7pm and you can come see Andrew Crone, our other hometown heroes and the rest of the Badgers in some sure-to-be-entertaining Big Ten wrestling.

UW Badger Andrew Crone



By TomM January 31, 2018 08:00