2008-01-24 / News

North Kingstown wrestling team keeps undefeated streak alive

By Jordan Segal

Islanders Chris Clarke and Cem Kurt have been instrumental in Skippers 9-0 record this season. Clarke recently won a 9-0 major decision in a match against Bishop Hendricken. Photo by Jordan Segal Islanders Chris Clarke and Cem Kurt have been instrumental in Skippers 9-0 record this season. Clarke recently won a 9-0 major decision in a match against Bishop Hendricken. Photo by Jordan Segal Island residents Chris Clark and Cem Kurt have had great success this season helping the North Kingstown High Schol boys' wrestling team in its drive for the state championship. The team is currently 9-0 and is dominating the competition.

North Kingstown's team, coached by Howie Hague, James Bruneau and Rick Powell, is made up of 43 students ranging from freshman to seniors.

Hague, the team's head coach, is excited about the team. "The team is very solid and with a lot of hard work, we could be a contender," he said.

So far, the team hasn't had much trouble contending. They are currently in first place in division 1B and no team seems to have much success against them.

Not even sports powerhouse Bishop Hendricken, could stand up to the driving forces of NK's wrestlers. The Skippers delivered a brutal beating, 43-22, that resulted in Hendricken's first loss of the season.

"It was a great win because we haven't beaten Hendricken in the last five years and it is big to beat a division 1A team," Powell said.

The team also beat division 1A opponent East Providence. The match was held at East Providence High School and by the end of the night, not even the EP cheerleading squad had much to cheer about as NK coasted to a 36-18 victory.

Clark, one of the squad's senior captains has had a phenomenal high school career. Coach Hague describes him as, "a very methodical, smart, and well conditioned wrestler." He first started wrestling as a freshman and has had a big impact on the team.

When asked if Clark was a natural choice for captain, Powell said, "Chris is a good role model for the younger members of the team because he shows leadership and his ability is continuously improving."

Another local resident who is making an impact on the team is Cem Kurt, who, like Clark, was a first year wrestler as a freshman.

Kurt is one of the most physically fit members of the team and is always working to improve his physical abilities. Hague spoke highly of Kurt's mentality. "Cem is a fierce, physical wrestler, who gives everything he has and is a hard worker," the coach said.

Clark and Kurt, as well as the rest of the Skipper squad have high hopes for this season and so far have given an exemplary performance.

The North Kingstown wrestling team will try to continue its march towards the state championship as they host South Kingstown tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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