High Schools

Cary's Will Clark wins national wrestling championship

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 1, 2014 

Cary High junior Will Clark won the 132-pound junior national championship in the 25th National High School Wrestling Championships on Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va.

Clark topped a 98-wrestler field that included wrestlers from 34 states. There were 20 state champions in his class. He is 104-2 during his high school varsity career.

He defeated Zach Weiland of Missouri 2-1 for the title.

“I felt like I controlled the match more than the score indicated,” Clark said. “I was probably more relaxed and confident in that match than any other.”

He said his opening 11-1 decision over Bret Romanzak of Virginia was his toughest match.

“Mentally, that one was the hardest,” he said. “I was trying to adjust to being in the tournament. I was confident, but I was really nervous.”

He later took an 8-1 win over Jack Gillis of Florida and a 6-2 win over Andrew Smith of Florida to set up a quarterfinal match with Kyler Hansen of California.

“I was ahead, but I lost my focus and he came back to tie it up at 4-4 and send us to overtime,” Clark said.

He had a reversal and take-down in the extra period to win 9-5. He topped Pat McLaughlin of New Jersey 4-0 in the semifinals.

In the championship match, Clark scored a reversal in the second period and controlled the rest of the match, giving up a one-point stalling penalty in the final seconds of the win over Weiland.

“I can say that I’m a national champion,” Clark said. “I know that it is going to be just as hard and probably harder next year, but it is a great feeling.”

Clark is Cary’s third national champion in the meet. Eloheim Palma won the 2009 seniors heavyweight title and Joey Farnsworth was the 2006 juniors champ at 106.

NCHSAA wrestlers cannot wrestle for their schools after the NCHSAA championships, so Clark wrestled for the Arrichion club for coaches Ty Reynolds and Anthony Dunbar.

Hines, Love impress: Wake Forest High running back Bryce Love and Garner running back Nyheim Hines were impressive during last weekend’s Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour at Mallard Creek High in Charlotte. More than 250 players were at the camp.

Love was the only player in the camp to receive an invitation to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, a national camp at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Love is one of the fastest players in the country, but has not run much track this spring. He had a groin injury at the end of the 2013 football season.

“With all this cold weather, Bryce really hasn’t turned it on this spring,” said Wake Forest football coach Reggie Lucas. “He doesn’t want to push his training. I suspect he’ll be running more in track as the weather warms.”

Hines was named as the Charlotte camp running back MVP. Mike Farrell of rivals.com said Hines was unstoppable in one-on-one drills.

“It was really cold and windy,” Hines said. “The conditions were bad, but I was pleased. If you can have a good day in a camp like that with so many really great players, you must have had a good day.”

Spring break baseball: The 27th Bobby Murray Chevrolet Invitational and the Hilltop Invitational tournaments are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Broughton plays Green Hope (4 p.m.) and Person plays Millbrook (7p.m.) at Millbrook on Thursday. Wake Forest plays South Granville (4 p.m.) and Middle Creek plays Wakefield (7 p.m.) at Wakefield.

On Friday, Green Hope plays Millbrook (4 p.m.), and Person plays Broughton (7 p.m.) at Millbrook; and South Granville plays Wakefield (4 p.m.) and Middle Creek plays Wake Forest (7 p.m.) at Wakefield.

The Saturday games are at Millbrook at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Hilltop tournament openers Thursday are Panther Creek vs. West Forsyth (1 p.m.) and Athens Drive vs. East Chapel (4 p.m.) at East Chapel Hill; Winston-Salem Glenn vs. Durham Jordan (4 p.m.) and Holly Springs vs. Orange (7 p.m.) at Durham Jordan; Northern Durham vs. Heritage (4 p.m) and Apex vs. Chapel Hill (7 p.m) at Chapel Hill; and Durham Riverside vs. East Forsyth (4 p.m.) and Cary vs. Cedar Ridge (7 p.m. ) at Cedar Ridge.

The tournament continues Friday and Saturday at the three sites.

Broughton camp: The 11th Annual Blayne Brown Broughton Baseball Camp will be April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The camp is free and is for kids ages 7 to 12. For more information contact Chris Newton at enewton1@wcpss.net.

All-district: Harnett Central 5-foot-7 sophomore Madison Turlington was named to the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association all-district team. She averaged 10.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Jets gem: Siler City Jordan-Matthews junior right-hander Josh Hudson tossed his second no-hitter of the season last week, stopping Graham 2-0 in a Mid-State 2A Conference game. He walked one and struck out 13.

Hudson is 4-0 in four starts, including three complete-game shutouts. He has allowed five hits, walked six and struck out 42.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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