Clark competes at Junior Nationals

Park Rapids wrestler posts 7-4 record during Freestyle, Greco-Roman tournaments

Park Rapids’ Ashton Clark had a solid showing at the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps Junior Greco-Roman National Championships at Fargo, North Dakota.

Clark posted a 6-2 record at 120 pounds during the Junior Greco-Roman wrestling tournament on July 18-19 at the Fargodome.

After opening the Greco-Roman tournament with an 11-3 loss to Chayse Lajoie of Michigan, Clark won six straight matches in the consolation bracket. Clark defeated Andrew Garcia of Michigan 5-1, Sammy Lile V of Washington 8-4, Koltin Grzybowski of Wisconsin 6-1, Tyler Driessens of Illinois 4-2, Saw Htoo of Illinois 10-6 and Freddy Barajas of Oregon 11-0. Clark was eliminated with a 4-0 loss to Zach Keal of Kansas.

Lajoie defeated Anthony Molton of Illinois 12-2 in the championship match. Jakason Burks of Nebraska defeated Cooper Flynn of Tennessee 10-0 for third place, Chris Kim of Pennsylvania defeated Grant Treaster of Kansas 6-4 for fifth place and Keal defeated Christian Cabuag of California 10-0 for seventh place. There were 80 wrestlers in the 120-pound bracket.

Illinois compiled 61 points to win the Greco-Roman team title for the 12th consecutive season. Iowa (46), California (44), Nebraska (38), Pennsylvania (38), Colorado (27), Wisconsin (24) and Florida (23) followed. Minnesota tied Georgia for ninth place with 20 points.


During the Junior Freestyle National Championships on July 14-16 at the Fargodome, Clark posted a 1-2 record at 126 pounds.

Clark opened with a 10-0 win over Kaleb Pool of Arizona before being eliminated with losses to Nick Masters of Georgia (9-5) and Blake Showers of Pennsylvania (8-3).

Angelo Rini of Ohio defeated Ethen Miller of Missouri 14-4 in the championship match. Wyhatt Henson of Missouri defeated Kyle Burwick of North Dakota 17-6 for third place, Cameron Johnson of Illinois defeated Jayden Gomez of California 14-3 for fifth place and Carter Young of Oklahoma defeated Camden Russell of Nebraska 10-0 for seventh place. A total of 108 wrestlers competed in this bracket.

Minnesota finished eighth with 30 points as Illinois captured the Freestyle team title with 67 points. Following Illinois in the team standings were Ohio (62), Missouri (45), Iowa (42), Pennsylvania (39), California (36) and Oklahoma (34).

Last year, Clark went 2-2 in the Greco-Roman tournament and 0-2 in the Freestyle tournament while wrestling at 120 pounds.

This marked the 49th annual Junior National tournament, which featured the top high school wrestlers in the country.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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