Kolton Clark went to Virginia Beach, Virginia for Spring Break.
But make no mistake, this is a business trip for the Scottsboro three-time state champion wrestler.
Clark wrestles in the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships, which begin Friday and run through Sunday.
The Virginia Tech signee will wrestle in the Senior Division’s 170-pound weight class, which includes approximately 60 wrestlers.
Clark has spent the week in Virginia Beach training in advance of the tournament. His high school season ended in February with him wining the Class 1A-5A 182-pound wrestling state championship, but he continued his regiment to get ready for this weekend.
“I never stopped training,” said Clark, who earned All-American honors at the Super 32 championships last fall. “I’ve been driving to Alabaster every Sunday to get practices in. There’s a guy in Huntsville I’ve practiced with. I just kept training for this.”
Clark finished his Scottsboro wrestling career with an overall record of 268-54 — he was 171-11 the past four seasons — with three state championships and four state finals appearances. He also helped the Wildcats win the 2019 Class 1A-5A State Duals Championship.
Clark has a wealth of wrestling experience in national tournaments. Along with last falls’ All-American effort at the Super 32 Nationals, he was twice named an All-American at the Disney Duals and at the NHSCA Championships as a sophomore in 2017.
This is Clark’s fourth NHSCA Nationals appearance.
“I’ve wrestled in these kind of situations before, so I’m pretty comfortable wrestling at the national level,” he said. “You just have to go wrestle your match, control the match and break (the opponent).
Clark said winning a national title at the event “would be great,” but added the tournament is “another step toward my ultimate goal, to be a Division I (NCAA) champion. Everything I do is a step toward that (goal).”