All-American

Kolton Clark, pictured after winning the Class 5A 170-pound weight class championship last February, earned All-American honors at this past weekend's Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Kolton Clark has a lengthy list of impressive accomplishments on his wrestling resume.

That resume now includes “All-American.”

The Scottsboro senior wrestler earned All-American honors during the Super 32 Wrestling Challenge in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday.

Clark went 8-3 during the tournament, earning the status with a sixth-place finish in the 170-pound weight class. Clark dropped his opening-round match before winning eight straight matches, including wins over the No. 12 and No. 13 nationally-ranked 170-pound wrestlers.

“It was huge as far as him being able to beat a couple of nationally-ranked kids who are committed to Division I schools,” said Scottsboro head wrestling coach Chris Staton. “He’s worked hard. Basically the work is paying off, all the off-season travel, wrestling tough competition.”

Clark won four of his eight victories via pin and the other four via decision. He defeated No. 12-nationally ranked Edmond Ruth of Pennsylvania by a 9-7 decision and then defeated No. 13 Luke Nichter of Pennsylvania 6-4.

Clark, a two-time Alabama state champion and a three-time state finalist, qualified for the Super 32 Tournament by winning his weight class at the Southeastern Regional Qualifier Tournament in Georgia last month.

Clark finished his junior season at Scottsboro last winter with a 51-2 record and won the Class 5A 170-pound weight class state championship. Clark also won the Class 6A 126-pound state title as a freshman in 2016 and was the 5A 145-pound runner-up in 2017.

Clark has offers from numerous schools, including Appalachian State, Missouri Valley, Newbury, Little Rock and Campbellsville. 

Staton said more offers are sure to following Clark’s performance at the Super 32 Challenge.

“He’ll start getting more looks from schools at the D-I level,” Staton said. “He has the ability to wrestle at the D-I level. I’m hoping he gets that opportunity.”

 

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