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Name: Ron Kruse
Hometown: Clarendon Hills
When did wrestling become a sport you wanted to pursue?
I started wrestling in first grade, but I started taking it pretty seriously in fourth and fifth grade.
What do you enjoy about it?
I just like that no matter how small or how big you are, you can do well in the sport. It's a lot different than (my other sport) football.
Is it hard to transition from football season right into wrestling?
The last couple of years it was. But this year I only had to cut about 10 pounds, so it wasn't that bad. I'm wrestling at 170 since I grew a little bit this year. The guys I'm wrestling now are a lot bigger and stronger.
How would your teammates describe you?
Hard working. I'm more of a lead-by-example type of guy.
What does being team captain mean to you?
It means a lot. I remember seeing all the guys when I was growing up like the Allens and the Ivanisevics. It's pretty cool knowing that my name is also going to be on the same board as theirs.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I try to stay pretty calm before a meet. I usually listen to Johnny Cash or something and just talk to my teammates.
How have you evolved as a wrestler since freshman year?
I think I've just become more confident in myself and in my offense and what I can do.
What are your personal goals for the season?
I want to be All-Conference and go down to Champaign for the state meet. I want to set a good example for my team and show them what being a Red Devil is all about.
How do you relax?
I like to fish with my friends. I caught 48-inch muskie a couple of years ago.
Who has inspired you?
Pat Tillman was a guy that really inspired me - all that he gave up to go into the military. And my dad inspires me. He taught me almost everything I know.
Why does coach Jason Hayes like having Kruse on the squad?
He has a great work ethic and is an awesome kid to coach. He has been wrestling for a long time, starting in the kids club at a young age.