Wrestling

Cary's Clark aims for State title amidst wrestling's Olympic snub

Posted February 21, 2013

— 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', faster, higher, stronger.

A three word motto that embodies the Olympic spirit and three words that perfectly suit Cary high school's wrestling machine Will Clark.

"The crazy thing about Will is, he's already there as a sophomore," said Cary High School wrestling coach Taylor Cummings. "He's a stud and really the sky is the limit for this kid."

Clark is 43-0 this season, undefeated at the prep level and nine days away from potentially pinning down a Class 4-A Individual State Title.

"Will is definitely the calibre to wrestle in college and should be thinking about the Olympics and big things after that," said Cummings.

The latter of which may never happen, after the international Olympic committee slapped a crippling headlock on the sport.

"The Executive Board recommended that wrestling not be included on the list of core sports," said IOC Spokesman Mark Adams on one of the sports from the inaugural 1896 games.

"It's kind of like taking out track," said Cary High School sophomore Will Clark. "It's one of those sports that's been there for thousands of years. It's been grandfathered in."

Now the pastime that produced Clark's idols, gold medalists Cael Sanderson and Jordan Burroughs, joins seven other events like baseball, softball, and squash, all grappling for one spot in the 2020 summer spectacle.

"I feel a little cheated," said Clark. "But I feel like the wrestling community will get it back in."

"Wrestling doesn't have a professional league," said Cummings. "It doesn't have an NFL, it doesn't have an MLB. So, the Olympics is our Super Bowl, it's our World Series, it's our Stanley Cup."

That campaign for reinstatement convenes at a May meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. A vote, Will will be watching closely.

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