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Wrestler of the Year: Jack Clark, McDonogh, junior, 145 pounds

Jack Clark

McDonogh, junior, 145 pounds

It's hard to imagine a wrestler having a better season than Clark, who dominated the area and won the National Preps championship for a second straight time.

The junior finished 45-4 this season, including 25 pins. Clark's career record in three years with the No. 1 Eagles is 138-15 with 69 pins, and he didn't lose a match to a local wrestler this season.

Clark previously said one of his goals is to win four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships in his high school career. He's now one away after winning his third straight title with three pins and a 22-7 technical fall victory over Archbishop Spalding's Cole Graves in the final match.

In the Maryland Independent Schools tournament, Clark took one more step in his dominance.

He recorded four pins, including one over Graves in the semifinal, before beating Georgetown Prep's Michael Sprague with a 15-6 major decision in the championship match.

"He's very focused on match time," McDonogh coach Pete Welch said. "He's a technically sound wrestler, and he goes all out when the whistle blows. He's a very hard worker."

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